Signs of change as developer steps in with cash for school

SIGN: Pupils, Coun Abram and Story Homes staff
SIGN: Pupils, Coun Abram and Story Homes staff
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A primary school has been put on the map thanks to new signage from a property developer.

Governors from St Mary’s Catholic Primary school in Lea Town approached Story Homes for funding for three new directional signs, to try and increase awareness of the school as more people move into the area.

The school is located near the site of Story Homes’ Waterside development of 283 homes at Cottam Hall, north of the Lancaster Canal. In total, the 150 acre site has overall outline planning permission for 1,100 homes, which will be brought to the market over the next few years.

Coun Christine Abram, who is also a governor at the school, contacted Story Homes about the funding. She said: “Cottam is being developed at a great pace with around 1,100 homes being built which means that more children will need school places. The Headmistress was aware that there was a lack of directional signs to the village school. We didn’t think that new residents were aware or even being informed of the school. We welcome new pupils and are determined to survive and flourish.”

Lancashire County Council approved the signs but needed the payment up front.

Story Homes has pledged to contribute more than £1.6m towards local education as part of an agreement between the firm and the Homes and Communities Agency, Preston City Council and LCC.