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Five Cornwall school building schemes axed

Five school building projects have been stopped in Cornwall as the government axed England's school revamp scheme.

The schools affected are Humphry Davy School, Camborne Science and Community College, Pool Business and Enterprise College, Poltair School and Redruth School.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has been reviewing Labour's Building Schools for the Future scheme.

Originally all of England's 3,500 schools were to be revamped by 2023.

Mr Gove said the scheme had been "characterised by massive overspends, tragic delays, botched construction projects and needless bureaucracy".

The plan was to replace out-dated buildings with facilities that suit modern education.

The county was told in March that it was to receive £69m for rebuilding projects.

Cornwall Council said it was "extremely disappointed" by Mr Gove's announcement and that it would be "a major disappointment to these schools and their local communities".

It added: "We now need to talk urgently to the government about alternative sources of funding for our much needed school building and maintenance programme."

Some of the schools which had projects cancelled are in the constituency of Camborne and Redruth Conservative MP George Eustice.

He said schools should be consulted on what they can try to move forward with.

He said: "I will be really making the case for the projects that they want to do.

"For instance, Camborne School has said that it would actually like to have, more than anything else, a new science block.

"I think that's the kind of sensible approach that we should be taking, looking at these schools in these circumstances and asking: 'What are the things that would really make a difference to your school?'."

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