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City schools in line for £7.9m upgrade work

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Swansea schools are set to benefit from a £7.9m pot of cash for essential maintenance and building upgrades over the coming year.

A report to Swansea Council’s Cabinet reveals plans to set aside the cash for improvements ranging from 16 roofing projects at city schools, to upgrades at a number of council social services centres.

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Pontarddulais Comprehensive is set to see a total of £360,000 spent upgrading its wiring and radiator networks while Bishop Vaughan Comprehensive is to see a lift replacement.

As well as that £250,000 has been earmarked for maintenance improvements and roof repairs at the Grand Theatre

If the report to Cabinet on March 17 is approved, there will also be roofing projects worth more than £850,000 for primary schools at Bishopston, Oystermouth, Ynystawe, Hendrefoilan and YGG Gwyr as well as at Bishop Gore and Olchfa comprehensive schools.

The programme is being funded by the council along with £3.6m in grants from the Welsh Government which is being devoted entirely to schools upgrades.

It comes on top of the £150m 21st century schools programme – itself the biggest-ever investment in new schools and upgrades in Swansea as well as record spending on providing social care services agreed in its annual budget by Council earlier this month.

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Rob Stewart, Leader of the Council, said: “With the support of Welsh Government funding, we are investing millions of pounds this coming year on essential maintenance improvements for our schools and public buildings.

“As a council we recognise just how important education is not just to pupils, parents and staff but also to our city’s future economic well-being.

“Our capital maintenance budget spending demonstrates how the council’s priorities match those of the people of Swansea and, at the same time, help make further inroads into the backlog of maintenance improvements our schools and other facilities need.”

And he added: “The programme takes into account the council’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and cutting energy costs.”

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