Pri­maries could be re­built

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

TWO pri­mary schools have fallen into such a bad state of re­pair they could be re­built from scratch.

Moor­field in Hazel Grove and Thorn Grove in Chea­dle Hulme are fac­ing main­te­nance bills of £3.4m and £2.7m re­spec­tively.

Now, coun­cil chiefs are con­sid­er­ing whether it would make more fi­nan­cial sense to start again, rather than at­tempt to patch them up at great ex­pense.

A cabi­net meet­ing has or­dered a ‘fea­si­bil­ity study’ to be car­ried out at Moor­field, while a sim­i­lar investigat­ion is in its fi­nal stages at Thorn Grove, with a re­port to fol­low.

Paul Anderson, head­teacher at Moor­field Pri­mary, said he would wel­come the chance to mod­ernise the school.

How­ever Mr Anderson, who took over at the Lyn­d­hurst Av­enue school in Septem­ber, stressed the school was not ‘fall­ing to bits’ and was serv­ing its pur­pose on a day-to-day ba­sis. The sit­u­a­tion means that nei­ther school has been in­cluded in a £9m re­pair pro­gramme signed off by the coun­cil. The pro­gramme is ex­pected to be rolled out from early 2020.

Thorn Grove did not re­spond to a re­quest for a com­ment.

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