Talking West Cheshire

Site announced for Ellesmere Port Academy

9 August 2010

The new £25million HQ for Ellesmere Port’s University Church of England Academy is scheduled for a 12 acre central site, south of Sutton Way.

Cheshire West and Chester Council Leader, Cllr Mike Jones, revealed today (Tuesday) that a detailed planning application for the new state of the art building is expected to go before the Council’s Strategic Planning Board later this year.

He was welcoming the announcement by Education Secretary Michael Gove MP, that funding for the Academy’s new build project would be granted.

An eight acre subsidiary site, bordering Luton Way will accommodate top quality sports pitches and an athletic track.

Cllr Jones said: “The Government’s decision to allocate this funding represents the culmination of five years of hard work by Council staff. The project was in the slow lane but was fast tracked by the new authority.

“Education is at the very heart of the Council’s regeneration plans for Ellesmere Port and the academy will benefit generations of Ellesmere Port youngsters by providing first class expertise in the very best surroundings.”

The University Church of England Academy opened in September 2009, based in the former Cheshire Oaks High School and Ellesmere Port School of Performing Arts.

It is anticipated that the new building will be completed either late 2012 or early the following year.

Cllr Derek Bateman, Leader of the Labour Group and Ellesmere Port councillor, said: “I am delighted that what started as a dream some years ago will now become reality.

“This is very good new for the youngsters of Ellesmere Port - and indeed their parents.”