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PUBLISHED: 10:49 10 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 05 July 2010

AS many readers will know by now Suffolk County Council is proposing to replace Pakefield Middle and Primary schools with enlarged primary and high schools.

AS many readers will know by now Suffolk County Council is proposing to replace Pakefield Middle and Primary schools with enlarged primary and high schools.

Initially the number of pupils will increase from 800 on the site to 1,300. Eventually this will rise significantly further once planned house building in the Carlton Colville, Kessingland and Gisleham areas takes place. These communities form the catchment area for the new school.

Pakefield Middle was chosen as the site of the new high school despite being the last choice of parents and not being first choice under the county's own environmental sustainability audit.

Interestingly, Pakefield is 10th out of the 12 Lowestoft and Kessingland wards for percentage of children under 15. It is first out of those 12 wards for the percentage of the population aged over 65 and over 75.

So the school will be built where there aren't many children, where the site is surrounded by elderly people, where parents don't want to send their children and the environmental impact is damaging.

It would appear that the only reason for choosing Pakefield is because it might be possible to send children to Walmer Road for outdoor recreation.

I wonder what the residents of Walmer Road will think about the number of coaches manoeuvering round narrow roads?

I also wonder what the residents of Silverwood Close will think about the extra foot traffic accessing the playing field and the increased ball games adjacent to their boundary fences?

How timely it is therefore to read the article in The Journal about the vacant site at Zephyr Cams.

A brand new school could easily be built on that site. It is easily accessible by those children coming from Kessingland, Carlton Colville, etc.

Although it is adjacent to a busy roundabout so will be the access to the middle school site.

As the primary school is unable to accommodate more children and is not fit for purpose it could be relocated to the middle school which would require little alteration and the playing fields could be used by both schools.

A solution that meets the need for the school, provides easy access for the areas where children live, protects much needed green space in Pakefield and also protects the existing community of Pakefield. A winner all round.

GRAHAM JERMYN

Seven Acres

Pakefield

This wins our Letter of the Week Award and the writer will receive a bouquet courtesy of Sansom's Florists.

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