‘We’re not being listened to on school scheme’, Gayton residents claim

Residents of Gayton who are upset at the proposed relocation of Gayton School ANL-160124-143138009
Residents of Gayton who are upset at the proposed relocation of Gayton School ANL-160124-143138009
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Opponents of the proposed relocation of a West Norfolk village school have accused officials of dismissing their concerns about the project.

A second public consultation on the £4.5 million project for Gayton was held at the village school’s current site on Thursday afternoon.

And county planners have insisted they will listen to the concerns raised by people living near the proposed development site.

Norfolk County Council officials are proposing to build a new school at the corner of Back Street and Winch Road.

They maintain the building is needed because the current site on Lynn Road is inadequate for the village’s current and future needs.

But people living near the proposed site for the new school maintain that their concerns about traffic, drainage and the impact on their homes have still not been addressed by the authority.

One of them, Geoff Gibling, claimed the latest plans were even worse than he expected, because the main assembly hall is now intended to stand opposite his home.

He also accused county council officials of making him feel like a “nuisance” for raising concerns.

He said: “People were very upset, angry and disappointed.

“We can see what’s coming but it’s being rolled through with those in the vicinity having to live with the consequences of people not listening and ticking boxes.”

However, a county council spokesman said: “The drop-in session was well-attended and a lot of interest was generated in the proposed designs, which were on view for the first time.

“There were many positive views expressed, but it was also an important opportunity for further discussion about reservations that some local residents have about the siting of the school.

“The County Council will give further consideration to points that were raised, before the planning application is submitted for formal consideration.”