Deanes may only get £2.5m for revamp

Deanes may only get £2.5m for revamp

Deanes may only get £2.5m for revamp

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COUNTY Hall is considering spending £2.5million on refurbishing the Deanes School... despite estimating it would cost £3million to £4million to bring it up to scratch.

Officers at Essex County Council are recommending the sum be set aside to do up the run down school in Daws Heath Road, Thundersley after the Government’s adjudicator ruled to save it from closure last month.

Surveys of the building suggest investment should be higher however County Hall says it will undertake further studies in the coming year.

It comes as the authority’s ruling Tory administration is also set to approve plans to secure £14million towards rebuilding the Glenwood School in Rushbottom Lane, Benfleet on a new site for 150 pupils as well as 60 pupils with ASD.

The special needs school had been earmarked for a £23million rebuild alongside the Deanes School, in a state-of-the-art new facility on the Deanes School site.

However, come next Tuesday the hunt will begin for a new location for the Glenwood School as the co-location plans with the Deanes School have scrapped.

Senior Tory councillors will also reconfirm a decision to fund the £2million expansions of King John and Appleton Schools to take on an 150 extra pupils each.

The decisions will be made at a cabinet meeting at County Hall in Market Road, Chelmsford on March 25.

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12:22pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Ian P says...

"However, come next Tuesday the hunt will begin for a new location for the Glenwood School as the co-location plans with the Deanes School have scrapped." I can only think of one reason why they do not want to implement the co-location plan, spend the money needed to refurbish Deanes and are still spending the money to expand capacity of the other two local schools.
"However, come next Tuesday the hunt will begin for a new location for the Glenwood School as the co-location plans with the Deanes School have scrapped." I can only think of one reason why they do not want to implement the co-location plan, spend the money needed to refurbish Deanes and are still spending the money to expand capacity of the other two local schools. Ian P
  • Score: 3

12:38pm Wed 19 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

That's better than I thought, now's the time to buckle up, and see it through...
That's better than I thought, now's the time to buckle up, and see it through... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 2

3:35pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Rachie says...

It makes me SO angry! Glenwood and The Deanes have a history of working together. The Deanes understands the needs of Glenwood and they care about them which is probably the most important aspect.

The site hasn't mysteriously disappeared, it's there, in all it's HUGE glory waiting for a rebuild and to welcome Glenwood with open arms.

Cllr Gooding though, is determined to have The Deanes closed one way or another. He is a man on a mission for some reason. It's even more unfortunate that he is prepared to sacrifice the wellbeing of Glenwood in his vendetta.

£14m to rebuild Glenwood.... after finding a site and drawing up plans for a new site.

£2m each to Appleton and King Johns to 'expand' their building again (incidentally no planning permission yet, wonder how Castle Point Council will feel about that?)

£2.5m to The Deanes to make it look halfway presentable after Gooding did his best to constructively close it.

So thats £20.5m so far, plus the work already completed on the plans for The Deanes, and then add on any consultation costs etc etc.

So tell me again .....

How much to rebuild The Deanes. Cllr Gooding. I have no faith in you, or ECC anymore. You should resign and allow someone without such a personal issue to take over.
It makes me SO angry! Glenwood and The Deanes have a history of working together. The Deanes understands the needs of Glenwood and they care about them which is probably the most important aspect. The site hasn't mysteriously disappeared, it's there, in all it's HUGE glory waiting for a rebuild and to welcome Glenwood with open arms. Cllr Gooding though, is determined to have The Deanes closed one way or another. He is a man on a mission for some reason. It's even more unfortunate that he is prepared to sacrifice the wellbeing of Glenwood in his vendetta. £14m to rebuild Glenwood.... after finding a site and drawing up plans for a new site. £2m each to Appleton and King Johns to 'expand' their building again (incidentally no planning permission yet, wonder how Castle Point Council will feel about that?) £2.5m to The Deanes to make it look halfway presentable after Gooding did his best to constructively close it. So thats £20.5m so far, plus the work already completed on the plans for The Deanes, and then add on any consultation costs etc etc. So tell me again ..... How much to rebuild The Deanes. Cllr Gooding. I have no faith in you, or ECC anymore. You should resign and allow someone without such a personal issue to take over. Rachie
  • Score: 14

4:44pm Thu 20 Mar 14

saveDeanesschool says...

DO THE DECENT THING APPLETON AND KING JOHN!!
DO THE DECENT THING APPLETON AND KING JOHN!! saveDeanesschool
  • Score: 3

4:46pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Alittlebirdie says...

The above poster is quite correct although they have missed a fair bit of the cost already incurred by Essex county council. The reality is we had a proposal that would have delivered a fantastic new school at the Deanes, a visionary project that would have meant a fantastic mainstream environment for the children of the Glenwood school. Years of work have been wasted. The school lives of hundreds of children severly damaged and a visionary project dumped. Now the Deanes will have no new school, Glenwood children will not have all the advantages of the co-location and the council will have wasted millions building extra school places that they themselves have been arguing for the last year were not needed. It is a shocking endictment of a profligate council who hack and slash essential services whilst wasting money hand over fist,. When you drive over a pot hole, when your house is burgled and there are no police to come and see you, when you are walking down a pitch black road because we cannot afford street lights. . . . . think about those huge salaries paid to the council officers and councillors who have made such an unmitigated shambles of this whole sorry affair and have got away with their incompetence scott free. Is that the council we really want to pay for?
The above poster is quite correct although they have missed a fair bit of the cost already incurred by Essex county council. The reality is we had a proposal that would have delivered a fantastic new school at the Deanes, a visionary project that would have meant a fantastic mainstream environment for the children of the Glenwood school. Years of work have been wasted. The school lives of hundreds of children severly damaged and a visionary project dumped. Now the Deanes will have no new school, Glenwood children will not have all the advantages of the co-location and the council will have wasted millions building extra school places that they themselves have been arguing for the last year were not needed. It is a shocking endictment of a profligate council who hack and slash essential services whilst wasting money hand over fist,. When you drive over a pot hole, when your house is burgled and there are no police to come and see you, when you are walking down a pitch black road because we cannot afford street lights. . . . . think about those huge salaries paid to the council officers and councillors who have made such an unmitigated shambles of this whole sorry affair and have got away with their incompetence scott free. Is that the council we really want to pay for? Alittlebirdie
  • Score: 4

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