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Ribble Valley primary school to expand

A RIBBLE Valley primary school has been given permission to extend its building, allowing it to welcome 30 more pupils.

Two new classrooms are to be constructed at Barrow Primary School, which currently has capacity for 119 pupils, although 135 children actually attend.

A single-storey extension, more car parking spaces and a bicycle store now means the school will be able to take in 149 children each year.

The project also includes a new extended hard play area.

Action groups welcomed the move, but said 30 new places were only ‘a drop in the ocean’ to accommodate new people who would be brought into the area because of the number of houses being built.

An application for 504 new homes in Barrow was sub-mitted to Ribble Valley Council by The Barrow Lands Company in July last year.

Nick Walker, from the Save Whalley Village Action Group, said: “This will simply absorb what has already been given permission to be built. It is just a miniscule amount.

“By my calculations, the 500 house development alone will generate around 170 children so it is nowhere near enough.”

But Christine Marchi, head teacher at the school, said the approval was ‘fantastic news’ for the school and village.

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6:30pm Thu 24 Jan 13

shytalk says...

They can always ship the kids off to the madrassas in Blackburn. What's the problem?
They can always ship the kids off to the madrassas in Blackburn. What's the problem? shytalk
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10:40pm Thu 24 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

It won't be a problem as the houses go up and people start to arrive schools will be built, it wasn't a problem in skelmersdale and this is a very simular senario. Enjoy
It won't be a problem as the houses go up and people start to arrive schools will be built, it wasn't a problem in skelmersdale and this is a very simular senario. Enjoy 2 for 5p
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7:05am Fri 25 Jan 13

shytalk says...

2 for 5p wrote:
It won't be a problem as the houses go up and people start to arrive schools will be built, it wasn't a problem in skelmersdale and this is a very simular senario. Enjoy
Council have no money and developers are under no obligation to build a school..Perhaps you might like to make a contribution 5 for 2 p
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: It won't be a problem as the houses go up and people start to arrive schools will be built, it wasn't a problem in skelmersdale and this is a very simular senario. Enjoy[/p][/quote]Council have no money and developers are under no obligation to build a school..Perhaps you might like to make a contribution 5 for 2 p shytalk
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9:58am Fri 25 Jan 13

eastlancslad says...

shytalk, you have to remember that 2for5p has a 'thing' about anything to do with the Ribble Valley. I'm sure he would like it to be developed as Skem was in the 60's.
However, Skem was developed to house the slum dwellers of Liverpool in multi occupancy council housing. The developers who are looking for planning permission today are interested only in profit - which will be higher in the Valley. They won't give a monkey's about schools unless building them is part of the planning requirements.
shytalk, you have to remember that 2for5p has a 'thing' about anything to do with the Ribble Valley. I'm sure he would like it to be developed as Skem was in the 60's. However, Skem was developed to house the slum dwellers of Liverpool in multi occupancy council housing. The developers who are looking for planning permission today are interested only in profit - which will be higher in the Valley. They won't give a monkey's about schools unless building them is part of the planning requirements. eastlancslad
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