Bourne to get third primary school

Cutting the cake at the opening of the new Elsea Park community centre are Lily Derrick 4, and mum Joanne, with Amy Taylor 10.
Cutting the cake at the opening of the new Elsea Park community centre are Lily Derrick 4, and mum Joanne, with Amy Taylor 10.
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BOURNE is to get a new primary school to meet rising demand on the two already established in the town.

The school will serve Elsea Park, which saw its long-awaited community centre open on Saturday.

Executive councillor for health, housing and communities, Sue Woolley, confirmed the school would be going ahead at the opening of the community centre.

She said: “I thought it would be icing on the cake to give them the good news that a new school was going to happen.

“It’s really important that we get the right new school for Bourne children, in the right place and at the right time.

“The county council is working closely in partnership with Kier Homes to finalise the location of the school and more details will be available later this summer.

“I’m truly delighted that, with a rising birth rate, these plans are starting to become a reality. This is something I’ve been supporting for many years and I’m sure parents will be pleased with a new school being developed closer to where they live.”

At the moment, the closest schools for parents on Elsea Park are the Abbey Church of England School and Westfield Primary School.

Until plans can be finalised, all Lincolnshire County Council can confirm is there will be a 210-place school on the estate.

Coun Woolley said: “It’s been a long time coming, but it’s so nice to be able to say it’s going ahead.”

Hundreds of residents of Elsea Park enjoyed discovering what is on offer at the new Centre @ Elsea Park at celebrations held over the weekend.

Saturday’s activities included a family fun day with free barbecue and a barn dance. On Sunday, Bourne Motor Racing publicised an event in October and some of the activities which will be available at the centre were showcased.

A spokesman for Elsea Park Community Trust said: “We had a fantastic weekend - everyone seemed to have a fun time. Particular thanks go to the volunteers and staff for the hard work in planning and running the weekend which gave all the residents of Elsea Park the chance to see the facilities on offer at the centre.”