Bid to save Old School

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CLUBS and groups are being called upon to back a business plan that could save a community facility.

A steering group of Great Cornard residents has been formed after villagers learned that Suffolk County Council wishes to divest the Old School in Wells Hall Road.

The council is prepared to release the building, which is a popular venue for the Guides and Brownies, as well as adult learning classes, to the community if it can put together a viable business plan to run the facility.

Chris Proffitt, a member of the steering group from Rugby Road, said as many organisations as possible needed to express an interest in using the Old School, which was built in 1875, in order for their plan to be successful.

“We are keen to keep the Old School going and most of the people in the group are users of the building or people who want to be users,” he said.

“The council doesn’t want to run it any more, but we have a template for a 25-page business plan and are prepared to take it over.”

Mr Proffitt said the residents’ group had been given until December to put forward their plans. “It is a very desirable building and there is quite a demand to use it,” he said.

“The council is sympathetic to keeping it going, but in the worst case it could be sold off. We just need to make sure it is properly run and financially viable. It is a big challenge.”

The steering group meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Old School.

For more information contact Chris Proffitt on 01787 374289 or email chrisjproffitt@gmail.com.