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Live: Brighton and Hove school places debated by city council
The thorny issue of creating extra school places for Brighton and Hove children is being debated by the city council this afternoon.
The children and young people committee is being asked to agree to consult up to 10 schools on permanent expansion in a bid to ease the school places crisis, which is forecast to worsen by 2015.
In order to meet demand, it needs 120 new places in Hove and 30 in Brighton which will cost £22.6m by expanding existing schools. The ruling Green party are likely to approve this.
The Labour group have questioned this as, aside from land acquisition, the cost to build a new primary school is only £7m.
Council officials say the council does not have specific funding to build the new school and only has one site it owns which is not ideal for a school to be built on.
Argus reporter Peter Truman is at the meeting. Read his tweets below.
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