Somerset

Bridgwater MP says school schemes axing to be reviewed

  • 13 July 2010
  • From the section Somerset

Six school building projects in Somerset which are under threat are to be reviewed, an MP has said after a meeting with the education secretary.

Ian Liddell-Grainger, Conservative MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, said: "Michael Gove has promised to review the whole Bridgwater scheme."

The government recently axed "Building Schools For The Future", affecting hundreds of schools across England.

Bridgwater had been promised six new schools as part of the programme.

'Different pace'

Mr Liddell-Grainger said after the meeting with Mr Gove: "It suddenly turned out that Michael wasn't aware of all the facts to do with the Bridgwater scheme.

"He has now promised to review the whole of the Bridgwater scheme - in other words all six schools.

"Myself and Councillor Ken Maddock, the leader of the county council, were able to set his mind at rest about a lot of the issues that he wasn't sure about.

"He didn't realise just how good that Building Schools For The Future in Bridgwater had been.

"He thought that three of the schools were at a different pace to the other three, which is understandable."

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