Priorslee faith academy to be built on old Celestica site

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An alternative site has been found for a faith academy to be built in Shropshire.

Telford and Wrekin Council said the academy would be erected on the old Celestica site in Priorslee.

The original plan to build on a piece of farmland at the end of Salisbury Avenue was abandoned after objections from local people.

If the plans are approved the new academy will open in September 2015, the Labour-run council said.

Councillor Paul Watling said: "We recognise and acknowledge that residents locally felt that the site we originally chose was not the best option."

He said it had taken some time to negotiate the purchase of the new site from the site agent, the Allied Irish Bank.

Council-owned football pitches adjacent to the site will be incorporated into the faith academy but will still be available for use by the public, a spokesman said.

The council said Blessed Robert Johnson Catholic College would close once the academy was ready.

Existing students will be transported to the new academy free of charge, a spokesperson added.

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