Application to knock down two old Barrow schools
Last updated at 16:13, Friday, 04 October 2013
PLANNING applications have been submitted to demolish two former schools in Barrow.
Cumbria County Council has applied to knock down the Thorncliffe and Parkview buildings now they are empty following the opening of a new £20million Furness Academy.
Applications for proposed demolition have been submitted to the council’s planning department and will be considered by the development, control and regulation committee at a date to be determined.
The county council has previously invited suggestions from the local community and businesses for possible future uses of the Parkview buildings, but no viable options have been put forward so demolition is now being progressed.
Although permissions for demolition have been submitted, the council is still open to hearing about potential alternative uses for the buildings but progressing the applications necessary to allow demolition means the demolition process won’t be held up if no suitable ideas are forthcoming.
Councillor David Southward, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for property, said: “The county council invested more than £20million in building the new Barrow Academy so consequently the former school buildings at Parkview and Thorncliffe are no longer needed.
“Holding on to large empty buildings is not a good use of taxpayers’ money, particularly at a time when we’re required to make large financial savings.
“No suitable expressions of interest have been put forward for Parkview and with the costs of holding the property vacant estimated at around £100,000 a year, it’s a cost we can’t justify.”
First published at 16:12, Friday, 04 October 2013
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It is understandable that the council can not afford to maintain the schools but perhaps they should have consulted the public regarding its future well over a year ago in order to try and find a use. Asking the public once via the internet is not likely to attract much attention. The school is home to many people around the world and it is a disgrace that the council seems to have a 'half witted' approach. I emailed the councillor regarding future uses and put forward many ideas, for which I did not even receive a reply. Disgraceful.
Well that did come as a massive shock. Totally unexpected.
They will be telling us the sites are to be sold off to housing next. Cant ever imagine that happening. Can you?
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