New hopes for £2m re-fit of Filton primary school

Published on: 15 Apr 2013

New hopes for £2m re-fit of Filton primary school

A long-awaited refurbishment of Filton Hill Primary is finally set to happen after South Gloucestershire councillors supported the £2m scheme.

The school had been in the running for the work, which was to be funded by South Gloucestershire’s capital resources, but the scheme had been put in question because of the demand on the council’s limited resources. 

But at a meeting of the Policy & Resources Committee, councillors across all parties agreed to recommend the scheme’s continued inclusion in the capital programme and this was later endorsed by Full Council. It is understood work could start in the next financial year with the majority of the scheme being delivered over the following two years.

The scheme involves a new block being built at the front of the school to create new offices, a toilet and a classroom.

The work would also see the kitchen being refitted and a new passageway would mean children could move from one side of the school to the other without disturbing activities in the assembly hall.

Head teacher Kirsten Lemming said the school had been hoping to have this work started for several years but that she was excited it finally looked like it would happen.

Speaking after the meeting, Labour’s lead member on resources issues, Councillor Adam Monk (Labour, Filton), said: "My colleagues and I are delighted that the threat to the Filton Hill Primary scheme has been lifted.  Our children deserve to be educated in a safe and comfortable environment.

"Unfortunately there are still huge demands for capital work across the district. We face a huge challenge just to meet the basic need of supplying enough primary places for our youngest children."


Call for safety bollards

Filton Hill Primary governors want to place bollards all along the school side of Blenheim Avenue to stop the menace of drivers mounting the pavement.

Head teacher Kirsten Lemming has spoken out on this issue before and said she feared there would be a serious accident if action was not taken. The problem arises because, with cars parked on the residential side, vehicles coming in opposite directions cannot pass each other,

The cost of the bollards would be £5,000 and the school plans to lobby Filton MP Jack Lopresti.

Mrs Lemming, in a letter to parents, said: "The parking/traffic issue seems to be getting worse and worse.

"Some new parents may not be aware that we have agreed an unofficial one-way system with entrance via Lower House Cresecnt and exit at the college end."

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