Plans to expand village school

A VILLAGE hall and bowling green could be bought to make more space for pupils at a school near Lowestoft.Suffolk County Council is looking at ways to expand Corton Primary School so that it is ready to take in more children when middle schools are scrapped in the town from 2011.

A VILLAGE hall and bowling green could be bought to make more space for pupils at a school near Lowestoft.

Suffolk County Council is looking at ways to expand Corton Primary School so that it is ready to take in more children when middle schools are scrapped in the town from 2011.

Yesterday proposals for the expansion went on public display at the school, in The Street. The county council's preferred option involves buying the neighbouring village hall and bowling green for use as outdoor play space and an assembly and dining hall.

Peter Cullen, the council's capital projects officer, said that buying the village hall would allow the existing school hall to be used as an additional classroom.

He said: “The hall would still be available for community use and the facilities there would be improved. The bowling green would make a huge difference to the school, as there is limited outdoor green space at the moment.”

A storage area, which was once a swimming pool, will also be converted into a classroom and having use of the village hall will provide more parking spaces.

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Outline plans for a second option, which would see the school expanded within the current small site, were also on display.

Public consultation on the proposals ends next Monday.