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Disappointment at building u-turn

PUBLISHED: 16:03 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:36 11 August 2010

PLANS to erect a new building at a primary school have been shelved because it is cheaper to redevelop the existing ones. Eastbury Primary School was supposed to get a completely new building, but a report to the Executive revealed that the £13million bud

PLANS to erect a new building at a primary school have been shelved because it is cheaper to redevelop the existing ones.

Eastbury Primary School was supposed to get a completely new building, but a report to the Executive revealed that the £13million budget was not enough.

Instead the existing buildings in Dawson Avenue, Barking, will be refurbished and redeveloped.

This will only cost £10million, meaning that £3million of savings will going back into the council coffers.

The report acknowledges that school representatives are "disappointed" that they will not get a new building.

It explains: "The present scheme for the development of a primary school at Eastbury was intended to be a completely new school.

"However, recent evidence has shown that the cost of the new school would exceed the original budget that was available and there are no additional funds."

But the authors go on to list some benefits of the refurbishment option, apart from the financial savings.

These include greater floor space, better staff facilities and the fact that a new library and extra classrooms will be built.

A decision was taken in September 2006 to expand Eastbury from a two form entry infant school to a three form entry primary school. It is considered necessary because of increasing demand for school places.

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