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School pool out of action due to wall

PUBLISHED: 14:43 03 June 2003 | UPDATED: 13:57 03 March 2010

PRIMARY school pupils have been left high and dry after a neighbourly dispute hit a flint wall.

Woodbridge Primary's outdoor pool has been closed after an ageing flint wall, which borders it was finally declared unsafe.

PRIMARY school pupils have been left high and dry after a neighbourly dispute hit a flint wall.

Woodbridge Primary's outdoor pool has been closed after an ageing flint wall, which borders it was finally declared unsafe.

It is the latest chapter in a long-running dispute with neighbour and Woodbridge county councillor Nigel Barratt over who owns the wall.

Headteacher Kevin Connolly said: "We're very disappointed. One of the awful things about it is that it costs us an awful lot of money in upkeep.

"It's something the parents feel very strongly about, particularly because we're so near the river.

"We're powerless because we don't have control over our buildings – it's between the county council and our neighbour.

"We only use the pool for this half-term as we couldn't afford it for any longer."

Children from three to nine use the pool, while older pupils head off to swim at Deben.

Mr Connolly said he could not comment on the legal rights and wrongs of the situation, but was hopeful a solution could be found.

He said: "We try to be good neighbours and it's fairly unusual that a compromise cannot be found."

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