Extra money for schools, roads and archives

Published
28.09.2016

Recommendations for extra money to be invested new school buildings, highways improvements and safeguarding our history were approved at cabinet today.

The council's budget was agreed at full council in February, however adjustments can be made throughout the year if more funding becomes available or needs change.

The medium to long term financial strategy report asked members to agree extra funding for the capital programme, including construction of new buildings at Waterwells Academy site and just under £5million for improvements to Cleeve School.

An investment of £300k from Basic Need Grant funding will be used to build new classrooms on the Waterwells Academy site.  This will help the school to meet the demand for places for Key Stage 1 pupils, as well as host pupils from Hunts Grove Academy while their new building is constructed.

The £5million funding allocation to Cleeve School comes from s106 funding to expand the school by two forms of entry over the next three years.  There will also be an extension of teaching accommodation and a redesign of the interior of the school to create more capacity at the school.

Following contributions from members' highways local fund and money from developers, the highways budget for the year has an additional £350,000 to invest.  Also, several improvement schemes this year are ahead of schedule, so some of next years' schemes can be brought forward and with them the £1.18m funding allocated. If agreed on Wednesday, this adds a further £1.53million into the highways budget for 2016/2017.

In addition, the report recognised the brilliant fundraising efforts of Archives Service's staff and volunteers, which has generated an extra £173,000 through donations. The contributions from Gloucestershire Constabulary (£62k), Diocese of Gloucester (£30k), a charitable foundation (£31k) and Friends of Gloucestershire Archives (£50k) brings the overall budget for Gloucestershire Heritage Hub project to safeguard our county's history and heritage to £2.862 million.

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, deputy leader of the county council, said: "We're in a position to make some positive changes to our financial strategy, and that it why we have put these recommendations to the cabinet.

"These additions to the budget will allow us to make further improvements to the services we offer, which can only be a good thing for the people of Gloucestershire."

Full details of the report can be found at:

http://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/documents/s33392/Item%209%20-%20Financial%20Budget%20Monitoring%20Sept%202016.pdf

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