Somerset

Plans for axed schools go on show in Bridgwater

Plans for two new schools in Bridgwater are to go on public display despite funding being pulled from the projects.

The building of Haygrove and Penrose schools was dropped after the Building Schools for the Future programme was scrapped by the coalition government.

The schools now have to wait until after the capital spending review to see if any money will become available.

Somerset County Council decided to continue with the application after it had spent £250,000 on the plans.

To submit the application for planning cost an extra £20,000.

Overall, the BSF scheme has cost the council £4.6m on consultants and other advice and costs.

'Wasted money'

The schools are both looking to be built on the Queenswood farm site in Bridgwater.

Julia Ridge, from the Building Schools for the Future Programme at the council, said: "It's really important that we are in the best place possible to get the new funds for when they become available."

She said the council decided to carry on with the application as it did not want the money already spent to be wasted.

Ms Ridge added that she did not think by submitting these plans it was giving people a false sense of optimism that it would go ahead.

The plans are to go on display at county hall in Taunton and the Angel Place shopping centre in Bridgwater.

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