ON THIS DAY 1993: Old schools to get £1m update

Archive 11th March1993

Archive 11th March1993 - Credit: Archant

As part of a new daily online series we look back on what was making the news on this day in Norfolk. Today, we look at the Eastern Daily Press front page of March 11, 1993.

Hundreds of Norfolk children face a better quality of school life thanks to a £l million plan to demolish some of the dingy remnants of the Victorian era. The huge new cash injection will be used to sweep away 11 of the county's ancient outside school toilets, as well as providing new class-rooms and laboratories. Parents and teachers in many areas have campaigned for years to rid the county of the 50 ageing toilet blocks, which often freeze up in winter. The £1 million spending propgramme was approved at yesterday's county education policy, planning and resources sub-committee. The move is part of £7.5 million spending on improve-ments and new buildings earmarked for the next finan-cial year. This includes: new schools for Cromer Junior and Coltishall Primary; extension at Emneth /Primary and Faken-ham High; and permanent replacements for eight mobile classroomslat Caister High. Yesterday, the sub-commit-

tee drew up 'a list of 25 schools and hopes t•icarry out all the improvements. Projects include: 0 Inside toilets for 11 primary schools. 0 Extensions and new class-rooms for many schools. 0 Laboratory improvements at four Norwich area high schools. Education committee chair-man Frances Roualle said: 'We are having yet another bite at the eternal problem of the out-side loos.' Labour group education spokesman Dr George Turner welcomed the news but called for a major review tof the backlog of school improve-ments, estimated to total £30 million. After the meeting Tony Jack-son, deputy county education

officer, hoped to carry out all the schemes which added up to £1.7 million. 0 Schools included in the pro-gramme are: Highgate Infants', King's Lynn; primary schools at Colby, Carbrooke, Corpusty, Snoring, Bawburgh, Wimbotsham, Surlingham, Frettenham and Lang-ham; Cation Grove First and Tuckswood First in Norwich; Her-man Middle and Greenacre First and Middle, in Yarmouth; Martham First; Scole Primary; Lingwood Junior; Wroughton Middle, Gorleston; Liteham Primary; Gaywood High, Lynn; Sprowston High; Hellesdon High; the Hewett and Blyth,lex, Norwich; and Thorpe St Andrew High.

By CHRIS BOND, Education Correspondent