MP to push for Cobholm school project
GREAT Yarmouth MP Tony Wright gave a pledge to parents that he would bring officials from Norfolk County Council and the Environment Agency together to clear the final obstacles holding up a �2.
GREAT Yarmouth MP Tony Wright gave a pledge to parents that he would bring officials from Norfolk County Council and the Environment Agency together to clear the final obstacles holding up a �2.3m building project at Cobholm Primary School.
At a packed meeting at the school on Friday, the council's school development officer Alison Cunningham explained how the scheme was being held up by the agency's demands for a flood response plan and tests to ensure the building design would be adequate to withstand a flood.
However, she told parents she was now hopeful the problems could be resolved in a way that would allow building work to go ahead within budget, allowing the school to become a fully fledged primary school. If that was the case and planning was granted, building could start in late summer, taking a projected 48 weeks.
She stressed that no extra money was available so if changes were required that took the cost to more than �2.3m, the scheme would have to be dropped.
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However, whatever happened, the money that had been set aside would continue to be used for the schooling of the children of Cobholm.
Parents were told that despite the building delays, a way had been found for Year Five children to stay at the school into Year Six, from September, by introducing mixed-age classes.
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Mr Wright, who attended the meeting along with local county councillor John Holmes, pledged to organise a meeting between the council and Environment Agency to speed up the plans.