New Morecambe school plans denied

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Education bosses have denied they plan to build a new primary school in Morecambe.

Instead Lancashire County Council is continuing talks with head teachers about expanding current schools to cope with increased demand for places.

Rumours of a new school were sparked after a county surveyor wrote to a Morecambe resident about the playing field on Acre Moss Lane in Morecambe.

Neighbours were angered after the field was locked and a sign went up warning children against playing ball games on the land.

The surveyor’s letter said: “This land is being held by the county council as a possible site for a new primary school.

“As you may know primary school capacity in the Morecambe area is very tight. We are currently reviewing the general use of the site pending any redevelopment.”

But a spokesman for Lancashire County Council said holding the land back was merely a “standard procedure”.

“We are at the very early stages of assessing what provision will be needed (in primary schools) for 2015,” he said.

“In accordance with standard procedures, we are currently consulting head teachers over whether they will need to expand places.

“The preferred option for providing additional places is within existing schools.

“We must emphasise that we don’t currently have any plans for a new school.”

One Morecambe school set to expand is Great Wood, where a six-classroom extension is currently being built.