£30k grant for Somerset school stuck with old kit

A school in North Somerset has been handed a £30,000 emergency grant to upgrade its kitchen equipment.

Mendip Green School in Worle will spend the money on new catering kit after a council report singled out the establishment’s ageing cooking facilities.

The total cost of the work will be £30,218.29, according to the Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury, which said the order includes the provision of “specialist new catering equipment”.

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It added that the director’s report on the decision stated the school is one of the council’s older facilities and has a history of asbestos issues.

The report stated: “Given the urgent nature of this work the school is struggling to maintain this service and prompt action is needed as it does not enjoy the support of a large contract and has no alternative provision.

“As the majority of kitchen upgrades happen in the summer holiday period, securing specialist contractors to carry out work in the small window of opportunity was essential.”

Part of the project will involve the installation of a new ventilation system as well as the remaining kit. The survey said that there are no plans to remove asbestos from the site, so contractors will have to work around the affected areas.

The cost of the project is being met by the council’s Kitchen Capital Grant.

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