Old Carn Thomas Secondary School To Be 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.