Northumberland Labour says the paltry sum awarded to the Coquet Partnership, which includes Amble’s James Calvert Spence College, means the promise of a school fit for the 21st century is even further out of reach.
Terry Clark County Councillor for Amble said: “Under the Labour-led council we were ready to invest in the bringing together of the middle and senior school to one modernised campus.
“Had we still been in power the new campus would have been built by now.
“However, when the Tories took over they reversed the decision and said they would carry out a review while agreeing that the school needed to be made fit for the future.
“By awarding a mere £1.2m investment to the Coquet Partnership the Tories have put back those plans once again causing teachers, staff, children and local people to once again feel ignored.
“We will be asking why this money has effectively been stolen from a project which everyone recognised was much needed. It’s simply not good enough if we want to improve education families and life changes for all children and young people in the county.”
“Amble’s community has been putting it’s faith behind this programme for over four years, your financial planning has become very frustrating, leaving funding for building a new school year after year significantly leaves short what is required within Amble and surrounding area.
Young people must have entitlement to be taught with suitable learning provisions in a high quality building. A building proud of the place they call”
The allocations under the Tory led council are attached.