Social services may move to school site

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Hopes have been raised that a former caretaker’s house at a Sudbury school, set for demolition, could be used as the new base for the town’s social services.

Uplands Middle School in York Road is due to be bulldozed next month.

The site is owned by Suffolk County Council and the authority has said it will look to sell the land for redevelopment.

During a Sudbury Town Council meeting, town and county councillor John Sayers told members there was a chance the school’s caretaker’s house may be retained.

“There is a hope the building could be used by social services,” said Mr Sayers.

“Its current home in Friars Street is looking a little old.”

Before notice of the demolition work was issued, various attempts were made to secure the future of the school’s main building by charitable organisations.

Autism Anglia showed interest after the school was closed in July as part of the county’s move to two-tier education, but was put off by maintenance costs.

A joint proposal from The Befriending Scheme, The Bridge Project and the Stour Valley Vineyard Church also came to nothing, after the groups’ plea to extend the deadline for a business plan was rejected by the council in November.

Sudbury and county councillor Jack Owen said he welcomed moving social services to the site.

“I think it would be useful,” he said. “Why waste the building? It would be a good location as there are some big estates up there.”

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said, as yet, there were no concrete plans for the building.

“The caretaker’s house is excluded from the demolition at the site and no decision has been taken yet regarding its future,” he said.