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(UK) Burgess Hill: $28M for SPED ages 16-18; new special school to open 2023

July 1, 2021, Mid Sussex Times: Start of building work on new Woodlands Meed College could be delayed https://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/education/start-of-building-work-on-new-woodlands-meed-college-could-be-delayed-3292815

Midlands While the hope is that work on the £20m [$28M U.S.] special needs college, in Burgess Hill, will start in late July/early August as planned, some issues have been raised about the internal layout. During a scrutiny committee meeting on Wednesday (June 30), Nigel Jupp, cabinet member for learning and skills, said he would be meeting with governors and the director of property to ‘go through various items that are still outstanding’. … All that changed in 2020 when it was agreed to use up to £20m from the capital programme to build a new college, with planning permission given earlier this year. The aim is to finish building work in December 2022, allowing the children to move in in January 2023 and finishing all outside works and landscaping by May 2023. It’s a target which everyone hopes to hit, despite this latest hiccup. Mr Jupp said: “I’m very hopeful that this project will go ahead on time. “There can be no doubt about the commitment of this council towards this school – absolutely no doubt about it at all.”


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