Demolition work may have started on part of the former Holywells High School and Ipswich Academy site, but there is still hope for the Lindbergh Road facility, according to council chiefs.

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The work on the main building began last week, following the move of Ipswich Academy to Brazier’s Wood Road, because it was beyond repair.

But it has emerged that the charity, Inspire Suffolk, formerly ITFC Charitable Trust, has already moved on to the site’s education and sports facilities and the county council hopes organisations will utilise other areas and benefit the community.

Colin Noble, cabinet member for finance and property, said:“I wholeheartedly welcome the reuse of the old Ipswich Academy site in the heart of this local community. I’m glad to welcome Inspire Suffolk into the facilities.

“This is a perfect example of partnership working and resource sharing.”

Inspire Suffolk was not charged to move on to the site and officials from the cause say they have been enjoying their new surroundings.

Terry Baxter, CEO of Inspire Suffolk, said: “Suffolk County Council have been incredibly supportive in enabling this to happen, from cabinet member, senior executive level, the property team, in fact everyone we have worked with has shown such a positive and proactive commitment to our charity and the continued use of the site.

“The new site will benefit those we work with directly along with the local and wider community.”

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