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£8m community boost

Posted on November 28 2006 at 3:37:55

Sod cutting

The £8 million project to build new schools in Alvechurch to serve many pupils from the Village area has been officially launched with a commemorative sod-cutting.

Helping to perform the ceremony, the leader of Worcestershire County Council, George Lord, emphasised that it would be a facility for everyone – “not a community centre, but very much for use by the community.” It is hoped that the school’s sports facilities in particular will prove a boon to the local community.

Work on the site to the east of Birmingham Road is already well under way and the extensive road alterations, including a roundabout, are helping to deter through traffic in Alvechurch.

Construction work by the county’s PFI partners HBG is on target and the new building, to replace Crown Meadow First School, Alvechurch Middle School and the village library, is expected to be ready for handing over at Easter 2007.

The ceremony was carried out by Coun Lord, HBG director David Dakin. Middle School head Karen Jordan, First School head Janette Morris and pupils from each of the schools, watched by around 30 guests.

Above: Coun George Lord watches from the driving seat as heads Janette Morris (left) and Karen Jordan do the spadework, helped by HBG director David Dakin and pupils from their schools.

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