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Plans to create 330 extra Surrey school places get go-ahead

Plans to build new classrooms for 330 pupils at three Surrey schools have been given the go-ahead.

Capacity will be boosted at West Byfleet Infant by 90 places and 120 more will be added at West Byfleet Junior. Another 120 extra places will be created at Connaught Junior School in Bagshot.

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: “Surrey needs to find 13,000 places over the next five years and this expansion forms part of that.

“We’re facing a £215 million shortfall to meet this unprecedented demand when our budgets are also being severely squeezed by the growing number of older people needing care.

“As no other part of the country pays so much in to the national coffers and gets so little back, it seems only right that Surrey’s residents should get a fairer deal for this mammoth task.”

The planning and regulatory committee approved the proposals.

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