Worcestershire school rebuilds set to go ahead

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A scheme to carry out £25m improvements to six primary schools in Worcestershire is set to go ahead as planned, the county council has said.

The authority announced in July how work planned as part of its Wyre Forest Capital Investment Programme was being temporarily put on hold.

But it said the necessary capital funding would be available to carry out the work using government grants.

Improvements will now take place at five of the schools in the Wyre Forest area.

Grants cash

They are St Catherine's Primary, St George's CE, Stourport Primary, Offmore Primary and Chaddesley Corbett.

There would also be significant capital investment for Wilden All Saints, the authority added.

The council said no other services would lose out as a result of the decision to improve the schools as it was using various government grants already earmarked for the council.

Councillor Marcus Hart, who is responsible for the children and young people portfolio, said: "Recent national announcements left us uncertain as to what future capital funding would be available to us from next year.

"As a result of this, we were left with no other choice, but to review our current position.

"However, despite this latest good news, we have not forgotten that work we planned to carry out at other primary schools in the Wyre Forest is still temporarily on hold.

"We will continue to review these areas to see if there are any other ways they can be funded, but this is not likely to be known until next year."

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