On-going school investment on Cabinet's agenda

Denbighshire’s Cabinet will be asked to confirm its commitment to investing in school building works when it meets to discuss the 21st Century Schools programme later this month.

Over the past four years, significant progress has been made in developing new school buildings through the 21st Century Schools programme, in partnership with Welsh Government. By 2019, the Council will have invested over £90 million to deliver on eight key projects.

In July 2017, Cabinet agreed to submit an application worth £80 million to Welsh Government as part of the next phase of investment available. 

The Welsh Government has agreed this investment in principle and Cabinet will be asked to confirm Denbighshire’s commitment to make a contribution of £32.8 million to its community schools.

Councillor Huw Hilditch Roberts, Cabinet Lead Member for Education, Children, Young People and the Welsh Language, said: “We are truly proud of the progress made with the first round of funding, with brand new schools built across the county and others extended and modernised as a direct result of the investment by Welsh Government and the Council.

“A brand new generation will benefit from this investment with children and young people accessing modern, fit for purpose facilities that they deserve.

“We have also made a firm commitment in our Corporate Plan to continue investing in the future of our children and young people through funding new school buildings that can be used as valuable community assets.

“This investment would also have a positive knock-on effect for the local construction industry and help create jobs”.

The investment will be discussed at the next Cabinet meeting being held on Tuesday, 23 January at County Hall, Ruthin at 10am. 

Posted on Friday 19th January 2018