Final plea for villagers to back school building bid

A final plea has been made for villagers to sign a petition calling for a new school facility to be built, before the signatures are handed in to the county council next week.

Parents from Rothbury First School have launched the fight to force County Hall into agreeing to build a new dining hall and kitchen.

The authority has said that, due to costs, it will instead carry out a refurbishment of the current ageing facility. Officers claim that the full costs of the project have not yet been determined but an indicative sum for the proposed refurbishment is in the region of £400,000. They say a rebuild would be in the region of £725,000.

But opponents believe that the proposed refurbishment is not value for money and does not provide the ideal facilities to meet the needs for the school. They want to see a replacement building and believe the cash could be better spent by creating a new, fit-for-purpose facility.

A petition has been circulated around businesses in Rothbury and is being collected today.

But it will be at the school until tomorrow, giving people a final chance to sign it before it is handed in to County Hall next week.

Jaime Brown, who launched the petition with Karen Crane, said: “The petition has had a very good presponse. Tomorrow is the last chance for people to sign it.”