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Lib Dems concerned about Tory election stunts and mount pressure on Conservatives to deliver promised investment in Bulmershe School

May 13, 2011 12:00 PM

Liberal Democrats are concerned that stories about the possible investment of £6 million in the refurbishment of Bulmershe School were just a political stunt by the Conservatives during the election campaign.

Jenny Lissaman (Lib Dem councillor for Bulmershe & Whitegates ward) said: "I intend to ensure that the pledges made by the Conservatives in the press and in their election literature regarding investments in the refurbishment of Bulmershe School during the election campaign are met in full.

"I have real concerns that the investment may not materialise and hope that I, the school, parents, pupils and prospective pupils have not had our hopes raised for nothing by some Conservative election stunt. In a highly unusual step, a senior Borough Council officer, Andy Couldrick, was driven to writing to the press to deny claims during the elections by the Conservative candidate in Bulmershe & Whitegates that more money had been allocated to Bulmershe School. In this letter, Andy Couldrick stated: 'No Executive or council decision on financial investment has yet been taken.'"

Lesley Hayward, the unsuccessful Liberal Democrat candidate in the ward, said: "I would be delighted to see refurbishment at Bulmershe, as it is long overdue. Lib Dems have been lobbying the council to maintain the school properly for years. It is a great shame that it took the controversy around this year's consultation on school catchment areas for the Tory-led council to realise that they cannot continue to let the fabric of our school crumble."

Prue Bray (leader of Wokingham Liberal Democrats) said: "Senior council officers have confirmed to me that no money has currently been allocated for a Bulmershe project and Lesley's election agent and I will be raising the electoral implications of these stories with the Returning Officer."

Jenny Lissaman added: "The Liberal Democrats will be asking Rob Stanton (Executive Member for Children's Services) to confirm this pledge of £6 million and provide details of what this £6 million investment will buy at the earliest opportunity. Bulmershe urgently needs extra investment and I have no intention of letting the Conservatives off the hook now that they have promised the money in their election campaign."