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Black mark for council over school

PUBLISHED: 05:35 23 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:14 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK County Council has been criticised for failing to tackle vital access issues for a new primary school.

Melton Grange Residents' Association has constantly argued that Wilkinson Way on a new housing estate should not be used for the access to the proposed new school in Pytches Road to replace New Street primary, Woodbridge.

SUFFOLK County Council has been criticised for failing to tackle vital access issues for a new primary school.

Melton Grange Residents' Association has constantly argued that Wilkinson Way on a new housing estate should not be used for the access to the proposed new school in Pytches Road to replace New Street primary, Woodbridge.

The residents were backed by councillor Colin Barrow who told Suffolk County Council's executive committee: ''There is a necessity for a full investigation of all the options. These access issues are woefully inadequately dealt with at this stage.''

Mr Barrow referred to a Government inspector's report which stated that an alternative access to Wilkinson Way should be considered.

The association wrote to the council to ask for the siting of the new 210-place school to be changed as the kitchens were only 10 metres away from the nearest house. Residents also want a paved footpath along Pytches Road, pedestrian crossings and traffic calming.

The council was criticised by Woodbridge councillor Nigel Barratt who warned that the New Street land is a key site in the town centre and it could be more suited to accommodation for the elderly, rather than the proposed private housing.

Mr Barratt said: ''There are many things that Woodbridge needs but expensive private housing in the heart of the town is low.''

New Street school wrote a letter to the committee highlighting the current unsatisfactory conditions for teaching. These included the education of 32 children in a classroom suitable for 23 pupils, one toilet for 14 adults and a playing field situated too far from the school to be used enough.

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