DEVON County Council has been accused of using a sticking plaster" approach to replacing crumbling temporary classrooms at Chulmleigh Community College. The council has earmarked £1.4 million to replace the rundown buildings over the next three years -
DEVON County Council has been accused of using a "sticking plaster" approach to replacing crumbling temporary classrooms at Chulmleigh Community College.The council has earmarked £1.4 million to replace the rundown buildings over the next three years - with more temporary classrooms.The college will not be put on the list for capital expenditure until 2011, if proposals to be discussed next Tuesday are accepted.Bob Charlton, deputy chairman of the Parents' Forum at the college, said: "This is the most ridiculous waste of money. We don't need more temporary classrooms. We need appropriate buildings to teach our children in."The college - the fifth best school in Devon based on exam results - is currently fighting an infestation of rats in its old buildings, according to Mr Charlton."Incredible - the fifth best school in Devon overrun by rats and teaching children in rotting hulks. You would think it couldn't happen in 21st century Britain."We pay our taxes in the belief that the money will be allocated on the basis of basic need. There can be no more basic need than you find at Chulmleigh College," Mr Charlton said."Four brand new schools for Exeter last year and nothing but a sticking plaster solution for Chulmleigh College - albeit one of the most expensive sticking plasters in the history of Devon Education."Devon County Council said in a press statement its £46.4 million capital programme for the next three years was an ambitious programme which would make a real impact across Devon.The Government's Building Schools for the Future programme was some years away in Devon, but councillors would be asked to approve £1.5 million to begin a programme of development plans for all Devon's secondary schools so that work could start if the Government decided to make more money available.The first seven schools on the list would be Chulmleigh, Dartmouth, Exmouth, Totnes, Pilton in Barnstaple, Teign and the Queen Elizabeth Community College in Crediton.See the full story in next week's North Devon Gazette.