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PLANS to build a new classroom at a village primary school will be discussed later this month.

Great Waldingfield Primary School is looking to extend its building to cope with an influx of extra pupils when it converts to the two-tier education system in September.

However, the proposals have been criticised by nearby residents in Folly Road and Badleys Close who say the extension will increase congestion around the school.

Many claim that people already park their cars on both sides of the road when dropping off and collecting children and that parking restrictions are needed to combat the problem.

A campaign asking Suffolk County Council to set aside a parking area on a village playing field has also been started.

A spokesman for the county council, who sent an officer to asses the plans before Christmas, said the authority would work with the primary school to “mitigate” a rise in vehicles visiting the school site.

“We will liaise with Highways, local councils and the police to discuss additional parking measures following consultation with local residents,” he said.

“There there is an opportunity for people to comment as part of the planning consultation.”

He added that representatives from the school, the county Highways department as well as parish and district councillors and the police would debate the issue in January.

Further information about the plans will soon be available from the school and will be posted on noticeboards in the village.