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School construction work halted by coronavirus

Building work on a new primary school in North Lynn has been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The new St Edmund’s school, off Greenpark Avenue, is one of more than 30 Norfolk County Council building projects which have been halted by the crisis.

But education chiefs have insisted the delay will not mean children are left without school places for the new academic year this autumn.

Building Work on the New Greenpark Academy at North Lynn has been suspended
Building Work on the New Greenpark Academy at North Lynn has been suspended

A total of 31 county council building projects have had to be abandoned during the outbreak, with 15 schools, including works on smaller scale projects, affected.

And Norfolk County Council said other schools may also face delays to works where they have directly employed contractors.

A spokesperson confirmed while there were no brand new schools opening in September, the three affected were all set to move in for the new school years.

They added: “The children are in existing school buildings where they can be accommodated in the short term. We are currently contingency planning with schools to ensure learning will not be compromised by this delay. “

John Fisher, cabinet member for children’s services said: “Due to the pandemic we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend building works on school sites, in line with social distancing advice, to keep construction workers and the wider community safe.

“We do not know how long these measures will be in place and the health of Norfolk’s residents has to be our first priority.

“We won’t know the impact until we know how long the current restrictions are in place but would like to assure parents that every child in Norfolk will have a school place in September.”

The new St Edmund’s school is intended to replace the existing facility off Kilhams Way, as part of the development of hundreds of new homes in the area.

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