On 13th January Council Cabinet approved the plan for the rebuilding of Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School after the fire in October. The work is scheduled to last for 17 months. The length of time has surprised some people who have compared this project to the rebuilding of Mickleover Primary school which took less than a year. "I raised the issue of the timescales at the Cabinet meeting," said Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr Ruth Skelton, "but I didn't get a concrete answer, so we still don't know why two similar projects are taking very different lengths of time to be completed."
Liberal Democrat councillors also asked for the rebuild to be zero carbon in operation, but the Tory Cabinet refuse to guarantee this.
Mickleover Lib Dem campaigner Maggie Hird said, "The rebuilding of the school is a golden opportunity to build a zero carbon building and would have shown a real commitment to dealing with Climate Change. Sadly the Tories aren't prepared to do this."
Shortly after the fire destroyed the school, Derbyshire's Chief Fire Officer publicly made it quite clear that sprinklers must be installed in the new building. The Council Cabinet did agree to do that.