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Missed deadline puts Jarvis deal in balance

THE POSITION of Jarvis as preferred bidder on a £92 million schools deal in Norfolk is hanging in the balance after the firm bust a deadline to find a builder.

Local contractor RG Carter left the project in the summer after failing to agree terms with Jarvis.

Norfolk County Council had set a deadline of last Friday for the debt-laden firm to find a replacement. But a source close to the deal said this week Jarvis had not lined up an alternative and therefore had 'not fulfilled the requirements of the council' Jarvis has been given an extra 11 days to find a builder for the 37 schools before a crunch meeting with cabinet members on October 25.

A Jarvis source said the firm was still in discussions with the council.