Petition launched in support of new primary school in Elmswell

Residents in Elmswell are being urged to sign a petition calling for a school to be built in the village and not new homes.

A campaign has been stepped up in the community after it was revealed that land (pictured above) at School Road/Church Road (including the maze) together with the area adjacent to Old Schools Court could be used for a 50 new home development in favour of the new primary school.

A consultation for villagers is taking place this coming Thursday, November 17, at Wesley Hall, between 2pm and 7pm, and anyone wishing to get their name on the petition has to do so as it has to be completed by Thursday evening. It is online at and copies can also be obtained from the Wesley Hall or parish council.

Meanwhile, residents are also being urged to gather on the site tomorrow (Wednesday, November 16) at 9am to show their strength against the homes plan and sign the petition.

Support is growing for the school and resident Colin Avis said: “It’s quite clear that this proposed development of 50 houses is crazy. We have already seen too much development in Elmswell, Woolpit and Thurston resulting in huge pressures being placed on facilities such as Woolpit Health Centre, who by their own admission can’t cope with the demands of such a growing population.

“The proposal for a junior school on the land is the obvious choice. If this does not happen picture the plight of a young mother, who doesn’t have a car and can’t afford the bus fare with a baby in a buggie walking her six-year-old to the new school in Woolpit via the proposed footpath linking our two villages. Very nice for her in the pouring freezing rain in February.”

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