Essex County Council to spend £8m on school maintenance

St John's Green Primary School in Colchester
Image caption St John's Green said it had remained open during periods of heavy snow for the past seven years

Seventy-three schools in Essex are to undergo £8m of maintenance work during the upcoming summer holidays.

The money set aside by Essex County Council will cover 86 projects, with new windows, electrical work, and roof repairs prominent on the list.

The council said it had also set aside £1m in its budget for emergency work such as repairs to failed heating.

The majority of the work will take place during the six-week break in order to minimise disruption.

The largest sum of money, £443,000, will be spent on roof repairs at The Edith Borthwick School in Braintree.

Saffron Walden County High will have £388,850 worth of work on its heating and water supply, while The Sweyne Park School in Rayleigh will get £385,000 for work on external building work.

One of the smaller sums of money will go to St John's Green Primary School in Colchester which will receive £16,5000 for special guards to prevent snow falling from its roof into the playground.

Head teacher Simon Billings believed it was money well spent.

He said: "If you've got a perceived risk with regards to snow possibly falling down, what you want to do is minimise that.

"We think the county council has responded admirably, because they've accepted what we said and set aside a relatively small sum of money to mitigate those possible future circumstances."

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