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Refurbishment is not enough for Pimlico. . .

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I would like to set the record straight on Pimlico School following your article, 'Schools out for Ellis Williams as governors reject PFI plans' (AJ 30.11.00).

Westminster City Council's view is that refurbishment would not be the best solution for tackling the serious building problems at Pimlico School.

An independent evaluation concluded that the new build option provided the best solution.

Refurbishment was seen as less effective in meeting the needs of future education and had greater risks. Refurbishment would not be significantly cheaper in terms of capital cost.

The decision made by the governing body means that there is a loss of the funding to go ahead with providing a new building for the school. The council will not be considering any other long-term options until we look at secondary school places overall.

If there is uncertainty for the school in the meantime it is because the governing body, in the face of an independent report, rejected the option which would have tackled the building problems of the school.

John Harris, director of education, City of Westminster

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