ALMOST a million pounds of Government funding has been spent on the first stage of a project to build a new Eastbourne school.
Around £940,000 has been spent on the first phase of works to create the new Heron Park Primary School, formerly Highfield School and Hampden Park Infant School.
East Sussex County Council is working through a £10million school repair and improvement programme. which includes almost 100 separate projects at primary, secondary schools and colleges, and special schools.
The projects include new buildings and extensions, landscaping, major building repair work, roof upgrades, access improvements, temporary accommodation, heating maintenance and other general repairs.
Among the schools locally to benefit are St Andrew’s in Seaside and Willingdon Community School which have had thousands of pounds spent on access improvement works.
Councillor Keith Glazier, deputy leader of the county council, said, “I’m delighted that our school improvement and maintenance programme has gone so well. Our officers have worked long hours and weekends throughout the summer with the aim of getting projects finished in time for the new term.
“We managed to finish all the projects that were due for completion and all the schools and colleges involved opened for the start of the new school year without any major concerns.”
The programme of school improvement and maintenance projects will continue with some due for completion later this year.