Sefton Central Labour MP and Melling and Aintree Labour Action T

Cllr Tony Carr and Marion Atkinson


Aintree and Melling Labour Action Teams are celebrating after Sefton Council announced that the green light had been given to the phase two rebuild of Aintree Davenhill.

In January, the Labour Group received cross-party support to get the funding for the much needed work at the Aintree primary school.

The news was welcomed by  the Labour Action team including Aintree resident and Aintree Davenhill School Governor Marion Atkinson.  Labour Cllr for Aintree, Tony Carr and his Labour colleague and Children’s Services Cabinet Member, Cllr Ian Moncur worked hard to secure the money from Sefton Council and Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson even raised the issue in Parliament.

Marion Atkinson said: "We are absolutely delighted for everyone who campaigned for this as well as the brilliant and dedicated staff led by Cath Coyle and the pupils and families who use the school.

"The school buildings at Aintree Davenhill are in urgent need of replacement. But now that we have been successful in getting the funding, the children and staff at the school can look forward to modern facilities

"But it is only through the persistence of Cllr Carr and Bill Esterson and others on the campaign that Aintree Davenhill was kept on the agenda and the work can now once and for all be completed."

A delighted Cllr Carr said the campaign was successful because of the hard work of the Labour Group as well as the parish council, the Friends of Davenhill, governors, parents and residents.

Cllr Carr said: "This really is great news for the school and the wider community.

"It took some time to get the result we were all wanting, but it just shows that if the community works together, we can make the difference and get the successes we want - despite the odds."

Rebuilding work at Aintree Davenhill began under the Labour government and was funded by the Primary Capital Programme. But following completion of phase one of the rebuild, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a government and immediately axed the scheme. The Melling and Aintree Labour Action Team continued to campaign to get the funding which has now been found from Sefton Council’s own funds rather than by the government.

MP Bill Esterson said: "I have been to the school and spoken to the staff and parents. It is all too clear that this work is urgently needed. The infants school has already been rebuilt and looks superb now its the turn of the juniors and not before time.

"The conditions which the staff and children are currently working under are simply not acceptable in this day and age. That is why the Labour Party set up the Primary Capital Programme to ensure that our schools were given the investment they needed.

"I am delighted that Labour's call for the rebuild to be finished has been successful.

"I'd like to congratulate everyone who campaigned for this. This is great news for all the staff, all the pupils, the whole community and the future pupils who will attend what is already a fantastic school."

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