PUPILS will have to wait until October half term to move into their temporary school following the approval of a new contractor.

Haverfordwest High VC students had been expected to “decant” to a ‘mobile village’ school at the Portfield (former Tasker Milward) site after the summer but contractor SIBCAS Ltd pulled out last month.

Cabinet approved the appointment of Portakabin Ltd to take over the supply, installation and rental of the mobile village at its meeting on Monday (Jul 1).

The change in contractor has caused a delay but it its expected that work will begin on setting up the site this month, council architect Andrew Nicholas told members.

Most of the work would be carried out over the summer although it would also have to continue into September.

Following the move work will start on a new school at the Prendergast (Sir Thomas Picton) site.

Mr Nicholas added that the school had been “fully involved” in the process and the head teacher was aware of the time scales.

“The school is looking at keeping things as they are up until October half term,” he added.

Changes have been made to the design of the temporary school with more smaller units rather than large blocks, which has impacted on the amount of work needed and cost.

A report to cabinet states that “certain tender, cost and contractual issues are being clarified” with a further update required, but costs were to be discussed in private as they were considered exempt information.

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