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Plan for fisheries and aquaculture science office still on course

SUFFOLK - A controversial 52.7m project to build new council and science offices in Lowestoft is still on course despite an ongoing public inquiry and shake-up in local government in Suffolk, officials insist.

The building, planned for the banks of Lake Lothing, is due to house 1,000 staff from the district and county councils, and the Centre for the Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), by 2010.

Project managers say important progress is being made on the Waveney Campus scheme even though an inquiry into the way compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) were issued to businesses on the proposed site has yet to be completed.

They also confirmed that the Government's decision to allow Ipswich to become a unitary authority would not affect Suffolk County Council's involvement in the project.

Ken Sale, Waveney's portfolio holder for the built environment, said the project was moving forward and some of the issues surrounding land acquisition were coming to a conclusion.

The plans sparked a public inquiry following objections to the issuing of CPOs to nine companies on the proposed campus site at the Riverside Road Business Park.

Council Opposition leader Sally Spore said: “Things seem to have moved forward in terms of the CPOs and all members should be updated as to where we are with this. The companies involved are not even mentioned in the report.”

Mr Sale responded: “Confidentiality issues are at play. It won't come to all members at this point.”

Source: Eastern Daily Press