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Don't ERASE our Lowestoft school

PUBLISHED: 12:46 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:43 05 July 2010

VILLAGERS fighting proposals for a new 900-pupil high school to be built on the edge of Lowestoft have submitted a petition with 500 signatures against the proposals.

VILLAGERS fighting proposals for a new 900-pupil high school to be built on the edge of Lowestoft have submitted a petition with 500 signatures against the proposals.

Suffolk County Council wants to build a new £2.65m school to serve south Lowestoft as part of its move to a two-tier education system in 2011, but people living in Pakefield are worried that the proposed site will not be able to cope if the plans go ahead.

The existing Pakefield Middle School site, in Kilbourn Road, has been selected but people living nearby have formed a group called ERASE (Enraged Residents Against School Expansion) to fight against the plans.

Erase member Linda Lee claimed Suffolk County Council had not conducted any consultation with residents regarding the proposals.

“The forefront of our campaign is to find out why the county council propose to build a new high school on the existing Pakefield Middle School site when it was in fact the bottom choice,” she said.

Ms Lee said that a public consultation carried out by the county council in 2007 revealed that the majority of people wanted the new school at Gisleham with Elm Tree being the second choice.

Residents also believe the area is not suitable for a new high school as it is already gridlock with traffic and this could cause problems for fire crews operating from the new station currently being built in nearby Stradbroke Road.

Last month a 500-signature petition and 28 letters of objections were handed over to Phil Whiffing, the council's lead officer for the school organisation review.

A meeting will be held at the Ship pub, in Ship Road, on Wednesday, from 7pm. ERASE can be contacted at erase2008@hotmail.co.uk

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