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PUBLISHED: 14:45 25 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:15 06 July 2010

THE discovery that there may be greater crested newts at Pakefield Middle School has caused Suffolk County Council to withdraw its planning application for the proposed new school buildings, albeit on a temporary basis.

THE discovery that there may be greater crested newts at Pakefield Middle School has caused Suffolk County Council to withdraw its planning application for the proposed new school buildings, albeit on a temporary basis.

It is heartening to note that the greater crested newt is actively sought out by the county council, treated with respect and care, is found suitable alternative accommodation and given safe transport to his new home without charge, and is more or less involved throughout this period.

This is directly opposite to the manner in which the council has dealt with Pakefield residents over the past two years.

Minimal consultations; no seeking out opinions until very recently; ignoring petitions; refusing to impart relevant information when asked and blatantly ignoring parts of the Schools Adjudicator's recommendations.

It can therefore be considered that the greater crested newt has more political and practical clout than a 500-signature petition, logical submissions on the dangers facing our children when travelling to the proposed new school on roads made even busier than present when the school opens, Pontins extended, the crematorium built and new houses are constructed near London Road; all within a quarter of a mile of the proposed school.

Hopefully the county council will now realise that their proposals are flawed and will build a new high school that we can all be proud of in a healthy and safe location, more suitable for present requirements and future expansion.

DEREK HACKETT

Ship Road

Pakefield

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