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BEES PUT DEVON SCHOOL PLANS IN JEOPARDY

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Swarms of bees may force the abandonment of plans by Devon CC to build a£1.8m infants' school, reports The Daily T...
Swarms of bees may force the abandonment of plans by Devon CC to build a£1.8m infants' school, reports The Daily Telegraph (p9).

The proposed site in South Molton is 30 yards from a honey farm and in the flight path of a million bees in summer.

Paddy Wallace, the beekeeper, said that if the school was built a pupil could die from being stung.

'The children will be right in the bees' flight path. Imagine 150 children walking to school and playing in the playground. Is is not a question of if but when they will get stung.'

But the council said Mr Wallace's warning had come at 'a late stage' in the planning process. 'We are puzzled by the objection,' said Peter Doyle, a spokesman for the council. 'The honey farm is a tourist attraction and we are not aware that tourists being stung is a major problem.'
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