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School site sales reap millions for councils

PUBLISHED: 09:38 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 12 August 2010

SELLING off primary school sites has brought in millions of pounds for town halls. Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich councils have together reaped almost £17 million by selling off primary school sites since 1997, a Freedom of Information Act request by Chan

SELLING off primary school sites has brought in millions of pounds for town halls.

Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich councils have together reaped almost £17 million by selling off primary school sites since 1997, a Freedom of Information Act request by Channel 4 has revealed.

Bromley council has made £2.38 million by selling off the former James Dixon Primary School site, in Anerley Road, Anerley, in 2004.

The school was moved to another site which was expanded, allowing the sale of the former site, which is still ongoing. Greenwich made £8.6 million by selling two school sites, while Bexley council made £5.98 million by selling off another three. Acting general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Christine Blower, called the findings surprising and depressing.

She said: "At the moment

we still have extremely large class sizes all over England and Wales, and because of these sell-offs we will find ourselves with insufficient classroom capacity further down the road.

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