Bourne will get a new school by 2014

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PROPOSALS have been set out by Lincolnshire County Council to have a new school up and running in Bourne by September 2014 at the latest.

The school planned for the Elsea Park estate would provide 210 extra primary school places, 30 in each year group, which will be required in the town by 2015 according to current projections of growth.

Plans are due to be discussed at a county council meeting of the children and young people’s scrutiny committee today.

Executive councillor for health, housing and communities, Coun Sue Woolley (Con), who represents the Bourne Abbey ward, said: “It is definitely going ahead. We are just negotiating time scales still with the developers, but September 2014 is at the latest – it could be before that.

“It is great news. It is good for the community and it is a big step forward for the town.”

Coun Woolley told Elsea Park residents the school is definitely going ahead when she met with them at estate’s new community centre.

Coun Woolley said: “It was great to be able to finally go along to Elsea Park and tell the residents the good news.”

The developer is required to build the school as part of its planning agreement for Elsea Park and has been in discussions with the county council.

The scheme looked to have lost momentum last year when the council said there were not enough potential reception children to justify a new school but an increase in birth rates now means the plans are progressing.

The council confirmed in May there were more children than spaces available in the reception years at both Bourne Abbey Primary Academy and Bourne Westfield Primary Academy.

This meant several children living in the town were not offered places at either school for September this year and were instead told they had to go to Edenham, Baston or Thurlby.

Coun Woolley said: “There have been one or two parents who have been affected by not being able to get their children into a local school and I am very sorry about that.

“But the project is now justified and going ahead.”