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Corton Parish Council accepts offer

PUBLISHED: 14:09 14 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:32 06 July 2010

CORTON is set to give control of its village hall and bowling green to Suffolk County Council after an offer was accepted by the parish council.

Following months of debate, the land seems set to be used to expand Corton Primary School after the parish council backed the village hall management committee's decision to accept Suffolk County Council's £100,000 bid.

CORTON is set to give control of its village hall and bowling green to Suffolk County Council after an offer was accepted by the parish council.

Following months of debate, the land seems set to be used to expand Corton Primary School after the parish council backed the village hall management committee's decision to accept Suffolk County Council's £100,000 bid.

The 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.

Although the final details of the deal are yet to be completed, the offer has been accepted by the parish council after the future of the village's bowling club was secured.

There had been a number of complaints from the bowling club regarding the potential loss of their treasured bowling green, but they have been re-assured that their needs are one of the top priorities.

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 as far as the charity commission of England and Wales is concerned. They are a key feature in the negotiations.”

Currently it is still to be decided whether the land will be sold or leased to the council for 99 years.


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