ALMOST 200 pupils have been told they have a temporary school to return to next month after their former base near Ledbury was closed because of a damp problem.

Colwall Primary School was forced to look for an alternative site earlier this summer after the Walwyn Road building was deemed unfit for use.

But an alternative venue for the school's 190 pupils has now been secured after approval was given to build a temporary structure on the school's own playing field.

In a statement the council said the move, which was decided by delegated powers, would "ensure continuity of education".

The school's sports pitches will move to an adjacent field.

Herefordshire Council's chief finance officer, Peter Robinson, told a cabinet meeting last month that the cost of relocating the youngsters for at least the next year could hit £2 million.

He admitted it was a significant sum but said the council sets aside cash for such emergencies.

Council bosses are also exploring options for central government funding to aid the move.

Cabinet member, Cllr Jeremy Millar, said after the cabinet meeting: “While we hope the costs do not reach the £2 million made available, the important thing is that we are keeping the children close to their community."