Village school expansion plan

A VILLAGE hall and bowling green are set to be used as part of an extended primary school on the edge of Lowestoft.Suffolk County Council wants to buy the facilities in Corton, north of Lowestoft, so that the small primary school can use the hall for assemblies and dining, and use the bowling green as an outdoor play area.

A VILLAGE hall and bowling green are set to be used as part of an extended primary school on the edge of Lowestoft.

Suffolk County Council wants to buy the facilities in Corton, north of Lowestoft, so that the small primary school can use the hall for assemblies and dining, and use the bowling green as an outdoor play area.

Following months of debate, Corton Parish Council has backed the village hall management committee's decision to accept the county council's �100,000 bid.

The school needs to be expanded so that it can take extra pupils when middle schools are scrapped in the Lowestoft area from 2011.

Although the final details of the deal are yet to be completed, the offer was accepted after the future of the village's bowling club was secured with assurances that their needs are one of the top priorities in the development.

The parish council has not yet agreed whether the land will be sold or leased to the council for 99 years.

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Parish council chairman David Butcher said: “It is obvious that people have different perspective and we are not going to please everyone, but the parish council has got to try to reach a decision that is best for the village in the long-term and please as many as we can.

“The bowling club is prominent, and if the green cannot be replaced, there is no deal…They are a key feature in the negotiations.”

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