SWISS centre gets green light

A STATE of the art sixth form centre, which will revolutionise the way post-16 education is run in south Suffolk, has been given the go ahead.

Russell Claydon

A STATE of the art sixth form centre, which will revolutionise the way post-16 education is run in south Suffolk, has been given the go ahead.

Councillors unanimously backed multi-million pound proposals for the South West Ipswich

and South Suffolk (SWISS) centre today, despite local opposition.


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The centre - which will now go ahead subject to the approval from the Secretary of State - will cater for 2,000 youngsters aged 14-19 in and around Ipswich and will be built on land to the south of London Road and Scrivener Drive.

It will open in September 2010 and replace the existing post-16 education at Chantry High School, Claydon and Thurleston high schools, Westbourne Sports College, and Belstead and Thomas Wolsey special schools.

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Pinewood Parish Council stated their deep concerns about the impact the centre would have on nearby residents at a meeting of Suffolk County Council's development control committee held at Endeavour House this morning.

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