Nottingham

Bid to rebuild 55 Nottinghamshire schools

Up to 55 schools in Nottinghamshire could be rebuilt if government cash can be secured.

County council officials have drawn up a list of schools where the repairs would cost more than a third of the money it would take for a rebuild.

They are hoping the bids will be accepted under the government's £2bn Priority School Building Programme.

The list will be considered by the cabinet on 12 October before being submitted.

Last year, hundreds of school building projects were scrapped as England's national redevelopment scheme - Building Schools for the Future - was scrapped by the government.

The new fund is much smaller than the original's £45bn.

Council leader Kay Cutts said: "Our bid includes 41 of our primary schools, 11 secondary schools, and one special school in the worst condition.

"It will then be down to the government to prioritise individual cases."

It is hoped that rebuilding of the first batch of schools could start as early as autumn 2012.

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