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New primaries get green light

Two new primary schools in Grimsby to be run by the Trust have been approved by planners.

Waltham Gateway Primary Academy and Scartho Gateway Primary Academy will provide much-needed places in popular and growing areas in the town.

Funded by North East Lincolnshire Council, the Department for Education and through Section 106 contributions, they will be built in tandem under council contracts before being handed to the Trust.

Chief Executive Officer Martin Brown said: “We’re pleased both primaries have been approved by planners.

“We’re looking forward to continuing to work closely with North East Lincolnshire Council and our other partners to provide additional, quality education provision in Waltham and Scartho.

“We will keep residents informed throughout the build and there will be opportunities for local communities to engage with us to help address any concerns.”

The Scartho school will be built off Matthew Telford Way, adjacent to Aldi, while Waltham Gateway Primary will be on land off Sunningdale.

Councillor Margaret Cracknell, portfolio holder for children and education at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “I’m really pleased to see planners approved these proposals.

“The two primary schools in Scartho and Waltham are desperately needed by 2026 to accommodate pupils.

“I know that we are keen, along with Lincolnshire Gateway Academies Trust, to work with local residents to minimise any disruption.

“These school spaces are sorely needed, and it’s vital that we start to plan now for the future.”

Work is expected to begin on both sites shortly.