Local MP Mark Hunter has welcomed Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws MP to Cheadle constituency today for a major announcement regarding the next phase of the Priority Schools Building Programme, a £2bn government scheme spearheaded by the Liberal Democrats to rebuild those schools across the country suffering most from wear and tear. Locally, both Cheadle Primary School and Great Moor Junior School have been awarded government money to realise their renovation proposals.
The announcement follows a campaign led by Mark Hunter, who has supported the school's plans to upgrade their facilities. Cheadle Primary School on Ashfield Road and Great Moor Junior School on Southwood Road will both be partly rebuilt and refurbished with funding of over £2 million. All schools included in the programme are now able to start developing detailed plans, and work is expected to start next year and be completed in 2017.
Local MP Mark Hunter said:
"This announcement is fantastic news for pupils, parents and teachers of both Cheadle Primary and Great Moor Junior schools.
"Both Cheadle Primary School and Great Moor Junior School urgently required more financial help and I am delighted that this has now been confirmed by the Coalition Government. This money, that has been fought for and delivered by Liberal Democrats in government, will make a real difference.
"I'd like to thank all those who helped us campaign on this issue. Making sure all children in Cheadle constituency get a fair start in life should always be a top priority, and I can't wait to see both schools’ plans develop."
Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws MP said:
"I am delighted to be able to announce money that will allow Cheadle Primary and Great Moor Junior schools to make badly needed improvements to their buildings. Mark has run a fantastic campaign on behalf of local parents and children, making a very clear case as to why these schools need this money.
"School buildings that aren't up to scratch unfairly hold our children and young people back. Every child deserves the opportunity to achieve their full potential, and improving Cheadle Primary and Great Moor Junior will make sure that many more children in Cheadle constituency receive a good education."