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Multi-million spend on school improvements announced

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More than £2 million is to be spent on improvements at borough schools this year, it has been revealed.

Council bosses will spend the government’s School Condition Grant for 2019/20 on urgent work at 15 local authority-run schools.

It will cover replacement roofing at Cotwall End Primary, Fairhaven Primary, Maidensbridge Primary and Peter’s Hill Primary to the total tune of £885,000.

Nearly £350,000 will be spent replacing windows at The Dormston School and Gig Mill Primary, while St Marks C of E Primary and Thorns Primary will get boiler replacements totalling £230,000.

Dingle Primary School will get a replacement heating system (£225,000) and the curtain wall will be replaced at Howley Grange Primary for £160,000.

Works are also planned at Amblecote Primary, Church of the Ascension Primary, Wollescote Primary, Alder Coppice Primary and Ham Dingle Primary.

Councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member for children and young people, said:

The School Condition Grant is a dedicated pot of money for councils to use for improvements to school buildings.
We consider health and safety issues, building condition surveys and access needs as well as a whole host of other factors when considering where the money needs to be spent.
We have identified priority work at 15 schools in the borough and the money will allow us to make real improvements, so it is welcomed.

The works will be discussed at a meeting of the council’s ruling cabinet on Thursday June 27 at Dudley Council House in Priory Road. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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