Fylde MP visits new primary school at Weeton Barracks

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Fylde MP Mark Menzies said he was delighted to see progress on Weeton’s new primary school during a recent visit to the army base.

Work on the long-awaited replacement building began earlier this year after the Member of Parliament put pressure on the Ministry of Defence and Lancashire County Council to resolve issues which had led to delays in construction commencing.

During his visit Mr Menzies said he was pleased to see that work now paying off as the new premises begin to take shape.

He added: “Weeton has been desperate for a new primary school for a number of years and it was getting to the stage where the current building was not only inappropriate, but potentially dangerous.

“The new-build was actually signed off six or seven years ago so the delays in getting contractors on site were becoming extremely frustrating.

“I was approached by the Governors last year to see what I could do and contacted senior officers from the MOD and Lancashire County Council on a number of occasions to stress the need to move on this as a matter of urgency.

“In November, our concerns proved valid when a county inspector closed the school due to safety issues, forcing pupils to take lessons in the barracks while measures were taken to shore up the building.

“Fortunately they were able to move back into the school after a short period of time but it showed all too clearly that the new building was required as soon as possible. That is why I was so pleased to see the school now taking shape during my visit.

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“Many of the pupils at Weeton have parents in the forces and already face considerable uncertainty in their lives so for this to have dragged on for the number of years it has was completely unacceptable to me. I am delighted I was able to step in and help get things moving.”

 

PICTURES: Mark Menzies MP is shown around Weeton Primary School’s new premises by headteacher Anthony Goth and managers from Conlon construction company

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