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Shropshire Council to put millions towards new projects around the county

Millions of pounds are set to be committed by Shropshire Council towards major projects to construct schools in Shrewsbury and a new roundabout outside Oswestry.

Councillors will be asked at a meeting on Thursday to agree to allocate £5.95 million to plans to increase school places in Shrewsbury by re-locating one primary school, building another, and expanding a secondary school.

The plans to move Sundorne Nursery and Infants School in Corndon Crescent to share the Harlescott Junior School site in Featherbed Lane were signed off in December, and will allow Shrewsbury Academy to expand onto the vacated site.

Under the plans a new mainstream primary school will also be constructed in Bowbrook, to be co-located with a new special school which is being funded by the Department for Education.

The final aspect of the project is to increase secondary provision by building a new block of five classrooms at Meole Brace School.

The total cost of the scheme is £27.2 million, and it is hoped that all work will be complete in time for the new schools to welcome pupils by September 2022.

Meanwhile it has also been requested that the council earmarks £2.19 million towards alterations to Oswestry’s Mile End Roundabout which will see a second island constructed next to it in a new ‘dumbbell’ design in a bid to alleviate traffic pressures.

The scheme, which was signed off by councillors in a private meeting in February, will also facilitate the proposed Oswestry Innovation Park. Planning permission for the new roundabout layout was approved last month.

The total cost for the project is £16.51 million, with £9.3 million coming from a government Highways Infrastructure Fund grant, and £5 million from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The total amount councillors are being asked to allocate to the two projects is £8.14 million, which will come from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds collected from developers to support infrastructure improvements.

A report by Mark Barrow, director of place, to councillors ahead of the meeting on Thursday says the total CIL money the council has available is £19.6 million, of which £11.11 will remain if members agree to support the two named projects.

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