School building projects will boost economy

NORTH Devon schools are set to benefit from an �80 million building programme approved for next year by Devon County Council s Cabinet. The capital programme is in addition to the �80 million Devon has won from the Building Schools for the Future program

NORTH Devon schools are set to benefit from an �80 million building programme approved for next year by Devon County Council's Cabinet.

The capital programme is in addition to the �80 million Devon has won from the Building Schools for the Future programme for big secondary school projects in Ilfracombe, Tiverton, Chulmleigh and Dartmouth and Marland special school.

Christine Channon, Devon's Cabinet member for schools and skills, said the approved programme would have a real impact across the county.

The money will be used to improve and replace schools and facilities for children, young people and families.


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Mrs Channon said: "This is very good news for education, youth services and early years throughout Devon and for our students, teachers and school staff.

"But it is also good news for the many businesses throughout the county which will benefit.

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"Obviously, hundreds of people in the building trade will be employed on these projects, but there are also the wholesalers and suppliers of all the materials we need.

"And every pound that is injected into the economies of our towns and villages has a knock-on effect for many more businesses.

"We have tried to spread the money fairly and reflect the highest priority needs in our schools and local communities."

The capital programme will begin next month and take a year to complete.

Among the major projects are a �250,000 scheme for extra accommodation at Hatherleigh Primary School.

More than �6 million will be spent on improving school building so that they can provide a wider range of extended services for children outside normal school hours.

These include schemes at Torrington, �592,000; Winkleigh, �574,000; St Giles-on-the-Heath, �412,000; Northam, �527,000; Bichops Nympton, �440,000; and Bratton Fleming, �125,000.

In Bideford, �320,000 will be spent on improving the existing youth centre.

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