Nick Harvey, MP for North Devon, has said: “Following my alarm at the stopping of the Building Schools for the Future capital funding for Chumleigh and Ilfracombe colleges, Michael Gove Secretary of State for Education has personally sought to reassure me that this is not the end of the story.
“In particular, he does not think that the hiatus will be long enough for the effort, which has gone into working up those schemes he has currently put on hold to be lost altogether – architects’ fees, planning and so on, will not be wasted.
“The Secretary of State was at pains to explain that he had not cancelled the school buildings capital programme for ever, and that the ‘financial taps will turn on again’ when circumstances allow.
“In the meantime he says he is determined to create a better delivery mechanism than those which have been responsible for delivering BSF.
“Accordingly, the top priority in a new scheme will be the schools whose buildings are in the most physical need. He has not lost sight of the fact that he visited Chulmleigh and deplored the state of the buildings.”