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COLYTON: Parish council receives community’s support for new school at factory site

Thursday, 21 August 2014

COLYTON?Parish Council reported it had received a great response after one member put forward the idea of building a new school on the CeramTec site, currently up for sale. Councillor Ken Clifford last month suggested that the site could be used for a new primary school, as the existing school in The Butts was full to capacity, as well as some industrial units. Speaking at last week’s council meeting, he said: “I have had a really good response from the community, saying what a good idea it is to have a bigger school there with extra parking and perhaps some small industrial units.” Council chairman Andrew Parr reported that he had spoken to the primary school’s headteacher, Mr Harris, who was “unequivocally very keen” on the idea, although he admitted it was “a long shot”. Councillor Parr said Mr Harris would support the council in pursuing the idea so the next step was to speak to county councillor Sara Randall Johnson to gain her support. The 7.58 acre CeramTec site on Sidmouth Road is currently on the market with Alder King for industrial use, with manufacturing at the factory expected to cease in early 2015. However, Councillor Clifford said he did not think they would be able to sell the site specifically for industrial use, as Colyton did not have the necessary infrastructure. “If it’s not sold it will give us an opportunity,” he added. Councillor Howard West added that if it was not sold for industrial use and put forward for a housing development, the developer could be asked to also build a new school as part of a Secton 106 agreement. Councillor Sheila Smith asked if, in the meantime, the council could do anything to protect the current arrangement between the primary school and CeramTec, allowing staff and parents to park in the factory’s car park, in the event the site is sold. “If that goes there will be absolute murder,” she added. “Can they sell it to the school for £10, for exmaple?”


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