Friday, 6 February 2015

West Hampstead benefits from huge investment in schools

The West Hampstead and Kilburn areas are benefiting from an unprecedented investment to expand and modernise schools.  The areas 'wins' because it has a growing population and therefore has greater need than other areas of the borough.

Far from money being taken out of the area, as some critics allege, the £25m figure cited here is actually one of the highest totals in the borough, only Highgate - where there is a historic cluster of secondary schools, has more investment.

The table below provides details of schools investment in Fortune Green, Kilburn and West Hampstead wards, showing total amount of planned expenditure and expenditure to the end of 2014. The funding for this investment comes from (Community Investment Programme (CIP) and government grants (non-CIP). The government grants have been for bulge classes in areas of high need and (£6.7m) general school places - the latter did not have to be spent in West Hampstead and could have been spent anywhere in the borough, but the decision was made to invest the money in the school there.

The CIP investment is funded by disposals of assets by the council after the Coalition government cuts £200m+ in investment to schools in 2010.  
 
Table 1: CIP and Non CIP Schools Programme Project Commitments
Ward
Total CIP and Non CIP Funding (£000)
Expenditure to Nov 14 (£000)
Fortune Green
1,450
1,450
Kilburn
2,950
2,950
West Hampstead
21,400
8,000
Total
25,800
12,400
 
Taking away the £6.7m from the government and money for bulge classes the CIP totals here are in the region of £17-£18m.

In Fortune Green, the following schools have received investment:
  • Beckford  school is benefiting from £450k of repairs
  • Hampstead school has received £1 million for urgent repair works to heating and building fabric to keep the building operational until it is rebuilt under the government’s Priority Schools Building Programme
In Kilburn, the following schools have received investment:
  • St Eugene de Mazenod has received £400k, for works to eliminate the backlog of building repairs to bring the school into good condition;
  • St Mary’s Kilburn has received £350k for works to eliminate the backlog of building repairs to bring the school into good condition;
  • Kingsgate has received £2.2m to date as part of providing three bulge classrooms and other improvements to the existing school.
In West Hampstead, prior to CIP, Emmanuel Primary School had £8 million invested to rebuild the school.  Again, this the council contribution could have been spent elsewhere.  The cost of the new buildings for an expanded Kingsgate primary school in West Hampstead will be funded from capital receipts from the sale of land at Liddell Road.
 
So is West Hampstead a 'cash cow' for other areas of the borough?  No.  Table 2 provides details. At the moment there are no additional planned disposal projects in the these three wards.   
 
Table 2: General Fund CIP receipts
Ward
Project
 
 
Timescale
Actual disposals
(£000s)
Total planned future disposals (£000s)
 
 
 
Fortune Green
1A Glastonbury St.
2012/13
250
 
Rear Car Park, 65 Maygrove Rd
2011/12
875
 
Rear Car Park, 65 Maygrove Rd
2013/14
 
 
Sub-total
 
1,125
N/A
Kilburn
Sub-total
N/A
N/A
N/A
 
 
West Hampstead
1a Lithos Road
2013/14
317
 
55 Hemstal Rd
2012/13
299
 
Sub-total
 
616
 N/A
Total
 
 
1,741