Will the Elmswell villagers get a choice?
We are aware that the Elmswell Parish Council has been in discussion for many months regarding the possibility of using the Mid Suffolk parcels of land at School Road / Church Road (including the maze) together with the area (much overgrown) adjacent to Old Schools Court which was, formerly, school playing field to house a new primary school with community recreation space and woodland.
The land available is 9 acres, allowing a 420 pupil school with proper grass playing fields, plenty of parking and space for other recreational users. Access would be from Church Road (the maze and its trees to stay) avoiding the clear dangers of access from School Road.
The discussions have included SCC Education Planners, Strategic Planners from Mid Suffolk District Council and other officers and are a continuing process with the next session due after various agencies have met to confirm specific aspects.
However, it would appear that an alternative proposal been passed by MSDC at a cabinet meeting on Monday 7th November 2022 to proceed with 50 new homes instead of a new school and that Wesley Hall in School Road will be hosting a consultation for villagers on Thursday 17th November 2022 between 2.00pm and 7.30pm.
The Parish Council was made aware of the consultation today, Thursday 10th November, allowing just 7days to promote the event to villagers who wish to have their opinions heard.
Whether your view is that Elmswell needs another 50 houses, or whether Elmswell’s future would be better served by provision of village schooling for village children, perhaps interested parties should consider attending and finding out more before registering a view?