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Winter weather impact halts work on West Norfolk village school project

The opening of a West Norfolk village’s new multi-million pound primary school and nursery could be delayed because of the winter deluges that brought flooding problems to many areas.

The first lessons at the new facility in Gayton were initially expected to be delivered this autumn, when building work began last year.

But that timetable now appears to be in doubt after Norfolk County Council confirmed workers have been forced off the Springvale site for the time being.

Gayton - Village Sign. (43441281)
Gayton - Village Sign. (43441281)

A spokesman for the authority said this week: “Work is underway on the new 210-pupil primary school and a 56-place nursery for Gayton.

“Even though winter weather meant we recently had to pause work, crews will be back on site shortly.”

When asked what was meant by “shortly”, she said it was likely to take around two to three weeks for the building team to be brought back together.

She added: “We are of course in close discussion with the school about what impact this time delay will have on timing of delivery.”

It is understood that workers have already been absent from the site for several weeks because of high water levels resulting from the severe rains during the winter.

Plans for the originally proposed site of the new school, at the corner of Back Street and Winch Road, eventually had to be abandoned because of drainage issues there as well.

A number of temporary buildings have been used at the school’s current site on Lynn Road since it became a through primary school 10 years ago.

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