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Council chiefs back revamp of Romsey school at cost of £4m
A MAJOR £4m extension of a Romsey infant and junior school has won the backing of council chiefs.
The local authority is expanding Cupernham Community Infant and Junior Schools, in Bransley Close, off Woodley Lane, from two-form to threeform entry.
The number of pupil places across both schools will increase from 420 to 630.
Extra school places are needed for children living in new homes currently being built at Abbots Wood.
The scheme, which already has planning permission, includes extra classrooms, new school offices, a special education room, bigger entrance lobbies, and a multi-use studio space that will also be available for community use.
In addition, it is proposed to relocate a pre-school currently based in the infant school to a new purpose-built extension.
Playgrounds will also be extended.
The county council plans to begin building work this summer and finish by summer 2013.
Council chiefs say both schools will remain open during building works. The contractor’s compound will be located in the staff car park, with no delivery trucks allowed at the start or end of the school day.
The scheme has the support of Romsey county councillors Roy Perry and Mark Cooper.
Cllr Perry said an issue of concern was extra traffic from parents taking their children to school by car. The deputy council leader said careful consultation was needed with neighbours, and the borough and town councils.
Liberal Democrat Cllr Cooper said refurbishment was urgently needed and would restore the schools, built in 1968 and 1972, to a three-form entry.
He said parking issues in the cul-de-sac had already led to rows between parents and blocked-in residents.