Council beats squeeze to fund £164k kitchen facelift

Derbyshire County Council has approved plans to give the kitchen facilities of a number of local schools a facelift at a cost of £164,000.

The council’s cabinet agreed this week that facilities at several primary, junior and nursery schools across Derbyshire should be upgraded.

The work will include improved storage, new floors and lay-out alterations.

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Brassington Primary School, near Matlock, has been allocated the largest sum — £50,000 — to carry out kitchen improvements.

Breadsall Primary will get £20,000 worth of refurbishments, which include a new lay-out and equipment, while Melbourne Junior School will receive new flooring and storage units removed thanks to £14,000 worth of funding.

Council cabinet member for children and young people councillor, Kevin Gillott, told the Derbyshire Telegraph that the spend on catering equipment was a boost given the pressure on funding.

“We’re facing the biggest squeeze on our budgets we’ve ever known but we are committed to helping our schools offer pupils the best facilities they can,” he said.

“The unprecedented cuts we’re facing means money is tight but we recognise it is important that children get a good meal at lunchtime and I am pleased to be able to help improve the kitchens at these schools to help them provide that.”

The paper said that the boost in funding comes after almost £2m was given last December to the county council by the government to help schools provide free meals.

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