Schools’ plan

A NEW secondary school for Ilfracombe could be built if the county council wins Government backing to bring forward development.

A NEW secondary school for Ilfracombe could be built if the county council wins Government backing to bring forward development.

Devon's Executive Committee is being asked to approve a submission to start work early on new buildings for Ilfracombe and Chulmleigh secondary schools.

Work could start on the new school in three years.

On Thursday Devon's Executive Committee approved a bid to the Government for funds from the national Building Schools for the Future programme.


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Devon is one of 30 local authorities invited to bid for the early release of funds by the Government because of its success in delivering other projects.

The county council will hear later in the year if it has been successful in its application. If it is, work will start on planning the new buildings almost immediately and building work could start in 2012.

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Andrea Davis County Councillor for Combe Martin Rural said: "I am delighted to support this funding bid. The school is in desperate need of new buildings and this work is long overdue.

"Thanks to the dedication of the staff they are an excellent school but deserve much better environment for the children.

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