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Plans for 420 extra Surrey school places signed off

Plans to build new classrooms for 420 extra pupils at two Surrey schools have been given the go-ahead.

New facilities will be built at Leatherhead’s St Peter’s Catholic Primary and St Alban’s Catholic Primary in East Molesey, providing 210 additional places at each school.

Surrey needs to bridge a £215 million funding gap for the 13,000 places required in the next five years.

Each year Surrey taxpayers make a net contribution of £6 billion to the national Exchequer and receive less than £1bn back for services.

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning said: “These fantastic new facilities are part of the biggest expansion project in Surrey’s history, which has seen more than 10,000 places built since 2010.

“We will continue to pull out all the stops to guarantee every Surrey child gets a place at a local school but with Surrey’s tight budgets getting ever tighter, it will become increasingly difficult.

“As no other part of the country pays so much into the national coffers and gets so little back for services we would certainly appreciate any extra help the government can give us to meet such unprecedented demand.”

The planning and regulatory committee approved the proposals.

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