School looks to replace facility

Colden School

Colden School

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Parents have met with governors to express their concerns about delays in replacing a dilapidated mobile classroom at a village school.

The classroom at Colden School, which has housed year three and four children for more than two decades, was damaged in stormy weather last month.

Governor Steve Tyler said the condition of the 25-year-old plywood panelled cabin was a grave cause for concern.

He said the problem is that the structure is old and fragile and subject to very violent weather in Colden’s exposed position.

Recent damage to panels was an example of the fact that replacement is overdue.

The governors’ plan is for a pitched roof stone clad addition to the main body of the school, giving access to the school’s toilets without pupils having to go outside.

It would also provide suitable access for anyone with a disability.

The school has saved £70,000 towards the project and is seeking similar funding from the £400,000 which had been set aside for repairs to schools in Calderdale.

Coun Janet Battye and Coun Dave Young explained the timetable of decision-making at Calderdale Council.

Parents resolved to write to councillors and attend the next cabinet meeting.

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