Old Carn Thomas Secondary School To Be Demolished

kier offices carn thomasThe old secondary school at Carn Thomas is being demolished.

Some locals have voiced their concerns that the 1960s-built structure, which has been partially empty since the new school opened in 2011, is at risk of becoming an eyesore as it falls into disrepair.

A section of the building is currently used as offices for Kier Construction and their rent is part funding the removal.

At last night’s Council public meeting, Officer Diana Mompoloki told islanders that the work to knock down the old school would start in January.

Diana assured locals that the demolition would be finished by the middle of March, in time for the start of the season.

Cllr Steve Sims warned that islanders were getting, “increasingly peed off’ at construction projects running into the tourist season.

Chief Executive Theo Leijser was asked whether he could offer assurances that the site would be landscaped and made visually appealing when the building was removed. He didn’t guarantee that but said plans would need to go before the Planning Committee.

Diana Mompoloki hopes that material from the structure can be stored for future use on the islands and that will save the estimated £220,000 cost of transporting it to the mainland.

The site had previously been designated for extra care social housing for older islanders but grants haven’t been forthcoming.

Mr Leijser said that plan had, “not come on very far” but they were still committed to housing for the community and they’d now have to devise a master plan.

The cost has been an issue. The Homes and Communities Agency estimate that each housing unit would cost £70,000 more to build at Carn Thomas than on a mainland site because of the extra building costs here.

And some developers were also put off because they were uncertain what lies beneath the Carn Thomas site. That led to some of them adding an extra few million to their estimates.

An asbestos survey has been carried out, Diana said, and a bat and bird check would take place soon. Then the demolition job will go out to tender.

5 Responses to Old Carn Thomas Secondary School To Be Demolished

  1. Ewart Less June 28, 2015 at 12:09 am


    “work to knock down the old school will start in January”, “finished by mid March”, “save £220,000”, now think Porthcressa finish dates and overspend and airport shortcomings and truly, truly grotesque overspend; who is it that provides the common thread in all these matters?

    Naturally I am just filled with confidence, after all what could possibly go wrong?

  2. disgruntled June 27, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Councillor Sims is right, some residents are getting increasingly :p……….. off” with the amount of construction that has been on going in the island for a long time and it is time for a stop to all the works, it is becoming very tiring the amount of noise that goes along with construction, and also damaging to the tourist trade. Time to put an end to it once and for all. Never thought I would admit it but I now think I would prefer to live on an off-island where there is less noise and light pollution. Time for St. Mary;s to get back to being what it used to be, (peaceful|) if that is at all possible with the people in the “Corridors of Power” in the Town Hall. Time some of them went too, along with all the construction people.

  3. Jeff Eastick June 27, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Finished by mid March ???????

  4. Nobby Nobbs June 26, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Why not use the spoil/waste from the demolition to lengthen the airport runways.
    Just keep tipping the waste off the end of the runway until you’ve extended it.

  5. Ian T. June 26, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Great news! This eyesore will at last be removed from the panorama of Hugh Town. Lets hope something more in keeping with the surroundings will replace it.