No new interest in former school

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Rumours that social services had lodged an interest in taking over part of a closed Sudbury school have been dismissed.

It was thought that Adult and Community Services, based in Friars Street, was looking to use some of Uplands Middle School in York Road, with a view to moving there next year.

Suffolk County Council, which owns the building, has said it has not received any fresh approaches.

The school closed last year as part of the authority’s shift from three to two-tier education.

“Following a series of consultations with the local community, it is evident that there are no viable community uses for the site,” said a spokeswoman for the county council.

“The county council has secured Secretary of State approval to dispose of the school and its grounds.

“At this stage, it is likely that the playing fields will be made available to the adjoining schools but the future of the buildings is still being considered.”

In November, three Sudbury charities – The Befriending Scheme, The Bridge Project and the Stour Valley Vineyard Churches – pulled out of a bid to take over the building.

This came after the council refused to extend a deadline for a viable business plan to be prepared.

If no organisations come forward to use the building, it is feared the site will be sold to developers and used for housing.