Local MP Supports Primary School's Plea for Capital Maintenance Funding

- Monday, 1st December 2014

 

William Ransom

Following a visit to William Ransom Primary School in Hitchin, Peter Lilley has taken up their plea for increased capital funding. The school is in dire need of a new IT room roof, replacement windows for their hall to improve energy performance as well as permanent buildings to replace some 30 year old mobile classrooms that are no longer fit for purpose.

 

"William Ransom Primary School are being put under increasing pressure to take more and more pupils in each September intake, but without any support to improve the infrastructure necessary to deal with the number of children," said Peter. "I know Herts County Council have a school's expansion programme, but funding for any immediately necessary upgrade work should not be delayed".

 

"The quality of all our local schools is attracting increasing numbers of young families into this area so we will need extra school capacity sooner rather than later. That means it is important to move ahead with decisions on any expansions in Hertfordshire rather than using it as an excuse for delaying any decisions about capital funding. I understand that William Ransom has not received any capital funding for specific projects over the last 30 years."

 

As Headteacher, Mary Driver, explained: "These mobile classrooms are over 30 years old when they were erected in 1993 to resolve an issue with a peak in admissions, planning permission was granted for 5 years. Our bid for funding from the 2014/2015 County budget for their replacement with a permanent structure was unsuccessful and County will not provide any timescales of when we may receive the necessary funding. These mobiles are no longer fit for purpose, a fact confirmed by an independent surveyor."

 

"Children are benefiting from an excellent education despite the challenges faced by the school's infrastructure," said Peter. "But they should not be left indefinitely with buckets placed on desks to catch the rain dripping from the roof. Herts County Council is responsible for targeting its 2014-5 budget of 21million in capital maintenance funding where it is most needed I struggle to see how the applications from William Ransom have not been prioritized and am taking the issue up with both Herts County Council and the Minister of State for Schools."

 

Ian Hankin  Chair of Governors of William Ransom Primary School, Hitchin; Rt Hon Peter Lilley  MP for Hitchin & Harpenden; Mary Driver  Headteacher of William Ransom Primary School, Hitchin

 

- Ian Hankin Chair of Governors of William Ransom Primary School, Hitchin; Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP for Hitchin & Harpenden; Mary Driver Headteacher of William Ransom Primary School, Hitchin

 

 

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