Mark Hunter has welcomed news that Hazel Grove High School and Hursthead Junior School in Cheadle constituency will receive a share of a £370m million school buildings fund.
Mark Hunter MP and David Laws MP on a visit to Cheadle Primary School, February 2015
Good school buildings are vital to making sure that more children and young people in Cheadle constituency receive a first class education.
Hazel Grove High School on Jacksons Lane will receive money from the Condition Improvement Fund to complete external repairs. Hursthead Junior School on Kirkstead Road in Cheadle Hulme will also receive investment for refurbishment of the outside of the school as well as improvement work to their kitchen.
The announcement follows representations made by Mark Hunter, who has consistently fought for funding to improve local schools.
The Conservative Party’s plans would mean dramatic cuts to school maintenance and improvement in the future. The Conservatives have set out proposals to divert up to £5billion from school capital budgets – cuts that would leave many more children in Cheadle constituency stuck in unsuitable school buildings.
Upon making the announcement, Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws said:
“I am delighted to be announcing this funding for both Hazel Grove High School and Hursthead Junior School in Cheadle Hulme, fought for and delivered by Liberal Democrats in government.
“Mark Hunter has been an outstanding campaigner for his local schools, making a very clear case as to why these projects should be funded. Liberal Democrats want to carry on investing in our school buildings to give every child the best possible start in life.
“Conservative plans would mean huge cuts for schools – ripping apart the coalition’s efforts to improve school buildings and condemning children in Cheadle constituency to crumbling classrooms and out dated facilities.”
Mark Hunter said:
“This money is absolutely fantastic news for children, parents and teachers involved with Hazel Grove High and Hursthead Juniors, and I am delighted that Liberal Democrat ministers have listened to our case.
“It is much harder for teachers to teach and for children to learn when they are stuck in school buildings that aren’t up to scratch.
“Investing in these schools will give more of our local young people the opportunity to get the first class education they deserve. I will fight very hard against unfair Tory plans to starve our local schools of investment in the future.”