Enfield council has branded the government “short sighted and misguided”, after funding for BSF schools in the borough was scrapped.
Enfield is calling for the secretary of state of rethink the decision to stop schemes worth £101 million which would have built, refurbished or extended five schools in the borough.
A bidders day was held in April and pre-qualification questionnaires were due from contractors this month. But the government’s decision this week to cut funding to BSF schemes means that only three academy schools in Enfield have any chance of getting built, although this will still be subject to a review.
The council said it was “extremely concerned and disappointed” at the government’s decision, and that new facilities were essential for the area’s growing primary school population.
Council leader Doug Taylor said: “BSF in Enfield has been stopped in its final stages. This is a short-sighted, misguided decision from the government and I appeal to the secretary of state to reconsider this ill-considered action.
“BSF would have brought £101m of investment to the borough of Enfield, not only creating superb, inspiring schools, but also contributing to the local economy providing work for contractors.”
“Our first phase of the programme would have been ready for a start in November 2011. This ambitious programme took a fresh look at schools and the aim was to remodel existing buildings as first class learning centres, and not least, expanding them where necessary.
The stopped schemes are:
- Edmonton County School: The school requires expansion to 12 forms of entry. 50 per cent new build, plus 50 per cent remodelling and refurbishment. Total expected funding of £39.5 million.
- Broomfield School: 100 per cent new build Private Finance Initiative project. Funding of £51.8 million expected.
- Pupil Referral Unit: 100 per cent rebuild jointly procured with the Oasis Academy Hadley. Funding of £6.6 million expected
- Highlands School: Existing PFI school. £2.1 million ICT hardware funding expected.
- Lea Valley High School: Existing PFI school. £1.7 million ICT hardware funding expected.