Answers sought over cash for Cedars Park Primary School in Stowmarket
The events leading up to a row over whether a disputed £2million should have been ploughed into a school to help it meet the demands of its expanding housing estate will never happen again, according to a county councillor.
Concerned parents who live in Cedars Park, Stowmarket, had questioned why their children would not be allowed to go to its primary school.
Suffolk County Council argued it had called for £1.8m of developer’s fees to be spent on education while Cedars Park Community School was being developed.
The money would have come from fees developers pay for new developments, known as Section 106 payments.
But Mid Suffolk District Council – which controls the purse strings, questioned that claim – arguing county officials had called for the money to be invested in transport.
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Gary Green, a district and county councillor for the town, met with the two authorities to discuss the background to the school’s funding.
He said the situation should never be allowed to happen again.
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“First there’s no way to do anything more on the primary school site, it is up to its capacity,” he said.
“We cannot build on the football pitches because that would upset people and Sport England would never allow us.
“The two councils have assured me that they will work together to ensure the problem will not happen again.”
The school is on the growing Cedars Park estate which has about 1,900 homes. Next year the school will be expanded to increase its capacity to 420 pupils. It was originally built for 150 children.
A new primary school called Trinity is being established on the current Combs Middle School site which will close next year.
A Mid Suffolk spokesman said the council would not be making a formal comment but confirmed the two authorities would work closely together in the future.
A county council spokesman said: “We’re keen to work closely with the district council going forward to ensure we secure sufficient developer contributions to fund the necessary school places arising from housing growth.”