Defence MP visits school

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GOVERNMENT Defence Minister Nick Harvey was in Great Cornard last week to discuss a number of pressing community issues.

The Liberal Democrat MP visited Great Cornard Upper School to talk to headteacher Mike Foley, district councillor and teacher Nigel Bennett and parish councillors Tony Platt and Marion Press about the impact of the proposed free school at Stoke-by-Nayland.

Mr Harvey also took questions on plans by Suffolk County Council to close the village’s community library and to stop funding the school crossing patrol. It is seeking to make savings in the face of drastic budget cuts.

“The minister was disappointed by the county council’s approach to cut frontline services, such as school crossing patrols and community libraries, at the heart of the community,” said Mr Bennett.

“As councillors, we pointed out to the minister that the county council had rejected alternative proposed savings which would not have hurt or reduced such services.”

The county council’s plans to off-load country parks and recreation areas on to the voluntary sector were also discussed.