You should read in The Northern Echo tomorrow (today!) that Darlington Council has been confirmed as one of just 23 local authorities across the country to get a share of the Government's £150m Primary Capital Programme (PCP) Pathfinder initiative.
The Council will invest the £6.5m it receives from the scheme in creating a
new North Road Primary School. The old Victorian buildings will be pulled down and replaced with state-of-the-art facilities for the children and staff. The money will be available from March 2008.
When the North Road scheme is finished, it will mean a third of Darlington's 24 primary schools are in new accommodation. In the north end of town, this includes Harrowgate Primary School and Springfield Primary Schools.
The news follows the announcement on Friday that the Education Minister is backing the £20 million Eastbourne Academy proposals.
None of this would have happened without Darlington's Labour Council working with the Labour Government to transform pupil's education in the town. It's days like this that make me dead chuffed to be a Labour Party Member and Councillor.