Major rebuilding plans aimed at bringing four of Hyndburn’s secondary schools into the 21st century have been axed due to drastic government cuts.
Earlier this week Education Secretary Michael Gove announced the coalition government was scrapping the Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF).
It means the plug has been pulled on multi-million pound projects at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School, Oswaldtwistle Short Stay, Mount Carmel High and Norden High.
Money from a £100m fund allocated to the county was to be spent on rebuilding and refurbishing the four schools to provide better facilities for secondary pupils.
Work had been expected to start at Rishton's Norden High in August 2011 with a completion date given of two years later.
Headteacher Bob Flood said plans included rebuilding and bringing up-to-date much of the current school building and introducing hi-tech learning systems.
He said: "We could see a way forward with this and it is really disappointing. The authority had worked very hard for this and had done a very good job.
"I hope it will not have a detrimental effect on the students’ education. The main thing is getting good quality teachers in classrooms, which we have. But certainly the project would have helped."
Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School had only recently revealed refurbishment plans under BSF which included better PE facilities, a new arts block, a new entrance area and a new landscaped area to the front.
Making the announcement Mr Gove said: "The Building Schools for the Future scheme has been responsible for about one third of all this department’s capital spending.
"But throughout its life it has been characterised by massive overspends, tragic delays, botched construction projects and needless bureaucracy."
The decision to make the cuts has been branded a disgrace by recently elected Hyndburn and Labour MP Graham Jones.
He said: "This is a huge blow to Hyndburn. Despite warm words which have become hoax promises, notably George Osborne’s ‘we are all in this together’, the poorest are the ones being hit the hardest by this coalition."
He added: "It’s a disgrace when they are directing funding to free schools to appeal to the vanity of yummy mummies in wealthier areas.
"The idea that this is a caring sharing Conservative and Liberal party is all but shot at eight weeks in."
Proposed rebuilding work at Accrington Academy is unaffected as the money is being used from a different fund.
Lancashire County Councillor Susie Charles, cabinet member for children and schools, said: "It is obviously disappointing not to be able to proceed with our phase four BSF projects.
"We welcome the review of capital projects which will look at streamlining some of the processes and maximising the money available to improve school buildings. As an experienced BSF authority we would welcome the chance to contribute to this review. I'm hopeful that the outcome of the review will continue to provide resources we can invest in schools in Lancashire."