£1.5m school improvements boost

A SERIES of improvements are set to be carried out at schools over the next year after civic chiefs approved a £1.5m package.

Improvements will be made to heating, lighting, ventilation and toilets at a range of primary and secondary schools across town by Hartlepool Borough Council as part of its schools capital programme.

Local authorities usually get a three-year allocation from central government for the schools capital programme, but Hartlepool has only received an allocation for this year, while a national review of funding is carried out.

All of the schools give a 10 per cent contribution to the cost of the work.

Manor College of Technology, in Owton Manor Lane, will see the most cash spent on it with £470,000 reserved for improvements to lighting, floors, heating and modifications to the toilets.

Meanwhile, West View Primary School, in Davison Drive, will see around £150,000 spent on revamping the heating and other improvements.

Council officers have drawn up a list of priorities after carrying out surveys on the conditions of buildings at the end of last year.

The table below shows the full list of work, classed as D2 priority, for this financial year.

On top of the £1.02m due to spent on the most pressing improvements, council bosses have also set aside £360,000 for further improvements to heating, electrical and structural modifications at Manor College of Technology, High Tunstall College of Science and Barnard Grove Primary School. They are classed as C2. In a report, Peter McIntosh, the council’s head of planning and development, said: “The schedule of condition priorities is derived from the most recent condition surveys, carried out late 2010.

“The council’s technical staff highlighted priorities across a wide range of issues with the highest priority areas categorised as D2.

“These schemes have been provisionally costed and due to the availability of funds, it is also possible to carry out some further works falling under the higher element category C2.”

He added that discussions had been held with managers of children’s centre’s in town and there was “no immediate” high priority capital work needed to be done.

Meanwhile, improvements to fire detection equipment will also be carried out at 12 schools in town at a cost of £180,000.

The full list of school Improvement work

Barnard Grove Primary:

Heating £21,000;

Hot and cold water improvements £13,000.

Eldon Grove Primary:

Pitched coverings and insulation £20,000.

Clavering Primary:

Heating £59,000;

Hot and cold water improvements £16,000.

Fens Primary:

Ventilation £10,000.

Golden Flatts Primary:

Heating £50,000.

Rift House Primary:

Heat source and equipment (Block D) £32,500.

Rossmere Primary:

Heating £6,500.

Ward Jackson Primary:

Rewire distribution boards £70,000.

West View Primary:

Heating (Blocks A & B) £133,000;

Hot and cold water improvements £15,000;

Gas distribution £8,000.

High Tunstall College of Science:

Lighting fittings and wiring £15,000;

Heat source and equipment £9,000.

Manor College of Technology:

Lighting and wiring £70,000;

Floor improvements £50,000;

Gas distribution (Blocks A & C) £10,000;

Heating distribution £189,000;

Hot and cold water distribution and storage (Block A) £37,000;

Ventilation £10,000;

Insulation £65,000;

Lighting wiring £15,000;

Toilet modifications £24,000.

Catcote Business & Enterprise College:

Windows and door framing £72,000.