Another delay for new Burgess Hill special school

Yet another delay in the completion of Woodlands Meed College has left West Sussex County Council and the school community frustrated.
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Marion Wilcock, chair of governors at the Burgess Hill special school, has written to parents to tell them that the hoped-for mid-February completion was now ‘unrealistic’.

Ms Wilcock reported that, during a formal inspection on February 16, it was agreed by the council, surveyors and the school that the building was not ready.

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She listed a number of concerns, including issues with the height of the ceilings in the dining room, common room and sports hall, with the latter being rendered ‘unsuitable for certain activities’.

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She added that the multi-function hall, essential for gatherings, was unfinished and there were ‘nearly 1,000 snagging items ranging from minor to more serious ‘ which needed fixing.

No new date has been set for the completion of the college.

A council spokesman said: “The council’s frustration remains that of the staff, parents and the pupils over the uncertainty, and we are sorry that we cannot yet confirm time-scales.

“As we have stated before, we will not accept a handover of the site from the contractor until it is in a suitable condition for pupils and staff to move into safely and without further disruption.”

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Ms Wilcock added: “The surveyors and relevant authorities are working diligently to ensure the delivery of an acceptable building at the earliest possible time.

“However, we echo [the council’s] stance that we will not accept handover of the site until it meets the necessary standards for safe education and operation.”