Issue - meetings
2019/20 Local authority schools building, maintenance programme and accessibility improvement works
Meeting: 17/01/2019 - Cabinet (Item 40)
To approve the proposed expenditure of capital grants for schools building, maintenance and accessibility improvement works.
The cabinet member children and families introduced the item. She noted that:
· funding was allocated annually from central government;
· the report set out the proposal to spend £1.535 on maintenance projects and £120k on schemes for individual pupil needs in the 2019/20 financial year as listed in the appendix to the report;
· maintenance at academies and voluntary aided schools was funded via different routes;
· the current set of condition surveys had informed the priority projects alongside information on admission of pupils with particular access requirements;
· a new set of condition surveys of school had been commissioned with work planned to be complete by summer of 2019, these would inform decision on future programmes;
· consultation had taken place with schools through the capital strategy consultative group;
· a contingency sum would be kept back for emergency works arising during the year.
In discussion of the item cabinet members noted:
· it was important to secure best value, even from the smaller items of work;
· funding was provided through a capital grant from government;
· the trust schools included in the proposed project for 2019/20 were not academy schools and were eligible to benefit from this funding;
· maintenance was a continuous requirement.
Group leaders were invited to give the views of their group. It was stated that:
· maintenance requirements of modern buildings could be the same or more than older buildings;
· opportunities should be sought to include renewable energy generation and invest to save schemes in projects and to use energy efficient materials and designs to reduce future running costs;
· the impact of housing development at Credenhill on the local school needed to be mitigated.
(a) the school capital and maintenance schemes as set out in appendix 1 be approved for implementation in 2019/20; and
(b) the Assistant Director Education Development and Skills be authorised to take all operational decisions necessary to implement the approved schemes within an approved budget of £1.535m for maintenance and £120k for individual pupil needs.