West Leeds: School expansion cost soars

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The cost of an expansion to a nursery and junior school in Leeds has soared past £2m - £800,000 over the initial budget.

The extension at Farsley Westroyd Infants’ School will create much needed additional pupil places. A report by Leeds City Council officers says the original budget has to be boosted because “a significant amount of double shift working” is needed to complete the work.

It adds there are “genuine reasons” for the extra funding and it represents “value for money”.

The cash will come from the overall citywide Basic Needs fund for school expansions.