• Ministers ignore Tipton School’s plight and announce funding for 50 school rebuilds

    17th February 2021 | News | Claire
  • I have just issued this update on my petition for the government to fund the relocation of Tipton St John Primary School, within the village……………………..

    Dear all, thank you so much for taking the time to sign and share this petition.

    The government has unexpectedly announced the 50 schools that will be funded for a rebuild. We weren’t expecting this news for a few weeks yet.

    Unfortunately, Tipton St John Primary School is not among them.

    The list of schools appear to be mainly in Conservative marginal constituencies, which is surely unacceptable.

    Baroness Berridge did not respond to my email, despite it being clear in my message that there was a risk to life to children at the school, due to the flood situation.

    This feels callous and should be challenged.

    My understanding is that Tipton St John Primary School is the only school in Devon that has been described as a ‘risk to life’ and so is a special case.

    It is clear to me that the government has a responsibility to fund a rebuild of Tipton St John Primary School, in the village.

    Now is not the time to give up. We must keep up the pressure on silent ministers.

    It’s only people power and feeling the pressure of a high profile campaign, that we will ever get ministers to listen.

    Please let’s redouble our efforts and aim for thousands of signatures!

    Here’s the link – http://chng.it/yKqFgB6y

    Thank you very much

    Claire Wright

    Devon County Councillor – Otter Valley Ward

    Pic: Firefighters helping the community clear up after a flood in 2016.