Parracombe School will be rebuilt

Proposals to rebuild fire damaged school given the green light by Devon County Council.

COUNCILLORS have approved plans to rebuild Parracombe School following the fire which devastated it last year.

At Devon County Council’s Cabinet meeting on Wednesday it was agreed to instruct the authority’s insurers to reinstate the school buildings and consent to a contribution of up to �150,000 to meet the council’s insurance liabilities.

The council said its Leader, Councillor John Hart, had taken personal responsibility for the project and earlier this year he and deputy John Clatworthy visited Parracombe, Kentisbury and Lynton schools, which make up the West Exmoor Federation.

They heard the views of local people and discussed options for the future. He told the meeting: “We have a presumption against closing schools unless it is on educational grounds.

“We have always stood by that and we are standing by it again.”

Mr Clatworthy added: “With the insurance cover we have in place, it must be right to re-build.”

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Local County Councillor Andrea Davis said Parracombe was “an extremely important school for the local community”.

“The rebuilding is important if the village is to remain a sustainable community,” she said.

“Without this school it is inevitable it will lose its families.”

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