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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Residents urged to have their say on plans for new Carlisle school

Drop-in sessions are being held for people to see plans for a new £12.3 million school and community scheme in Carlisle.

Cumbria County Council photo
Stewart Young

Residents are invited to have their say on the proposals for the new and expanded Pennine Way Primary School and Harraby community centre.

A planning application for the scheme - to be funded by £10.7m from Cumbria County Council and £1.6m from the city council - is due to be submitted in the new year.

The development would transform the site of the old North Cumbria Technology College.

It would increase the number of pupils at the primary school from 300 to 630 and see the creation of a community centre including café, library link, meeting space, soft play, children’s centre resources and sports facilities.

Work, subject to planning permission, is due to start in the summer and be completed in late spring 2015.

The drop-in sessions take place between

  • 3pm-5pm on Thursday at Pennine Way School for parents and pupils only
  • 12pm-5pm on Friday at Harraby Community Centre
  • 5pm-6.30pm next Tuesday at Creighton Rugby Club

Representatives from the county council, contractors Laing O’Rourke and designers Atkins will be at the sessions to answer questions.

Council leader Stewart Young said: "The community has already made an important contribution to the scheme with the Harraby Together We Can initiative, the school and community centre all meeting with the project board to contribute their thoughts and ideas.

“This development will provide a wide array of first class community facilities for the area as well as fantastic new school buildings for local children.”

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