Crumbling primary school’s campaign for rebuild ends in success

Crumbling primary school’s campaign for rebuild ends in success

by Henry James (July 2022)

CAMPAIGNERS, staff and council leaders have been praised after a long campaign for the rebuild of a “crumbling” primary school in Lydiate was successful.

Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, said Lydiate Primary School’s need for refurbishment was an issue he had raised “more than almost any other” in Parliamentary questions and letters to Ministers over the last five years.

Education Secretary James Cleverly confirmed in a letter to Mr Esterson on Tuesday, July 12 that the school on Lambshear Lane had been chosen as one of 61 that would benefit from the School Rebuilding Programme, in addition to 100 that had already been announced since February 2021.

Mr Esterson said: “Some very good news for Lydiate Primary School. Confirmation from ministers that Lydiate Primary School is to receive funding under the School Rebuilding Programme.

“The slight caveat as always is that the letter to me from the minister speaks of replacing or refurbishing one or more buildings. But as the school is in desperate need of a complete rebuild, and that was the basis for the bid, I am optimistic that this is what the government will fund

‘Top priority

“Also, the Education Secretary has acknowledged in his letter to me that the schools that have been chosen in this round have some of the poorest condition buildings and that this should be addressed as soon as possible.

“Big congratulations to the head teacher, Mrs Forshaw, her staff, the governors and to all the children, parents and carers at Lydiate Primary School, who have worked so hard to make this happen.

“It is great news for them and it is great news for the staff and children who will come to the school in the future. It is wonderful that they will benefit from these new facilities.

“And a massive thank you to Sefton Council for the quality of the bid, which faced stiff competition. The government has finally agreed with everyone else that this school is a top priority.

“I've asked more questions about Lydiate Primary School and written more letters to ministers about the school than about almost anything else in the last five years, so I am delighted at the news.

“I will of course be pressing the minister for confirmation that it is the full rebuild the school needs.

“For now, let's celebrate this fantastic news!”

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