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Corton bowling green latest

PUBLISHED: 15:12 31 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:15 06 July 2010

THE future of a village bowling green is still uncertain following a parish council meeting this week.

Suffolk County Council wants to expand Corton Primary School as it will take extra pupils when middle schools are scrapped in the Lowestoft area from 2011.

THE future of a village bowling green is still uncertain following a parish council meeting this week.

Suffolk County Council wants to expand Corton Primary School as it will take extra pupils when middle schools are scrapped in the Lowestoft area from 2011.

The plans involve the school taking over the village hall for use as an assembly and dining hall and the bowling green for an outdoor play area.

A recent consultation period has seen county council officials hold a display in the village and explain the reasons behind the scheme.

However, members of the village bowling club are upset that a popular village amenity that has been in existence for 100 years could be lost.

Parish council members met on Tuesday where they were given an update on the current situation.

Chairman David Butcher said: “We are still at the consultation stage so the parish council has not so far made any recommendations.

“It is a complex situation as the Charity Commissioners have to be involved.”

About 30 villagers attended the meeting hoping that the situation may become clearer.

“We have our regular monthly meeting of the parish council next week and we could be in a position where we can make a recommendation,” said Mr Butcher.

Meanwhile, Corton youngster Ryan Holt has set up a campaign to support the primary school's expansion plans and is encouraging residents to make their views known to the parish council.

“Everyone respects that Corton Bowls Club and Corton Village Hall has been part of the village for a long time but it is time to look at the future for the village and those who will live and grow up in it,” he said.

A county council spokesman has said that all views expressed will be taken into consideration before a planning application is submitted.

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