Pimlico plans blocked

5th March 1999 at 00:00
GOVERNORS have voted against a controversial private finance initiative to demolish and rebuild their London school.

The move comes three years into the PFI project at Pimlico school, Westminster which would have replaced the award-winning glass and concrete structure.

Government advice on setting up PFI schemes emphasises the need to have the full support of all parties, including governors - who have to agree contributions towards service charges from their delegated school budget.

Pimlico's governors and parents are worried about the loss of a quarter of their site for houses, disruption during the works and budgetary issues. They want to set up a think-tank to look at alternative plans for the school, which overheats in the summer and is expensive to maintain.

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