There have been ongoing issues with water entering the building at Colwall CE Primary School. The Colwall area is renowned for damp problems in its buildings and the school has been affected. Investigations have been taking place since September 2013 and following the extremely wet winter it has become clear that the school building is no longer fit for children and teachers to use whilst further investigations are carried out in and around the school buildings. Therefore, the governing body, school leadership and the Council decided to establish temporary accommodation from September 2014 whilst these large-scale investigations take place.
Herefordshire Council has made available funding of up to £2million for the leasing and installation of temporary buildings to accommodate the school for up to two years if necessary. The Council holds contingency budgets for emergencies and unplanned expenditure such as this, as well as a repair and maintenance budget part of which is being reprioritised to contribute to this work. The Council is also investigating options for support from central government.
Cllr Jeremy Millar, cabinet member for young people and children’s wellbeing at Herefordshire Council, said:
“Along with partners we have been working very hard to find out why this problem is occurring at Colwall School and to put it right. We need to take action to ensure the children’s education continues in September 2014. Whilst we hope the costs do not reach the £2million made available, the important thing is that we are keeping the children together and close to their community. The school and wider Colwall community will be closely involved in deciding on the long term solution at the school, once investigation works are complete.”