Deputy leader asks Chancellor for more money

The council’s deputy leader, Cllr Rocky Gill, has written to the Chancellor George Osborne asking for more money to make up for the shortfall of school places in the �borough.

In the letter, the cabinet member for education and children invites Mr Osborne to visit to see how bad the situation is himself.

Cllr Gill says: “The council has taken some extreme measures like diverting money meant for urgent highways work, converting existing council offices into schools and entering into discussions with private landlords about the possibility of converting empty warehouses and shops into schools.

“To meet our statutory obligations, we will have to consider more �extreme measures should the funding situation not be �resolved.”

He continues: “We... would request that you and your officials visit our �borough at your earliest convenience to view the �seriousness of the situation first hand.”