Council Reveals Plans For Old School Demolition

old school carn thomas 2014Local artists could be brought in to improve the appearance of the hoardings that will be used to screen the old secondary school site at Carn Thomas when it’s demolished later this year.

The Council announced in June that it would be using money raised from the sale of a property it owned in Sallyport to fund the clearance of the two main buildings on the site.

In the Council plans, consultants Stride Treglown say that 8ft high wooden panels will need to be erected around the front of the property bordering the road to reduce noise, dust and protect trees.

Part of the existing stone walls will also be retained.

And they say there’ll be an opportunity for the community to enhance the surrounding boards “with suitable designs.”

The barriers could be in place for some time, because they’ll be used to secure the area and allow concrete and other recyclable building materials to be stored until they can be reused.

The plans don’t state where other waste will be disposed of. The Council stopped accepting building rubble at the Moorwell refuse site earlier this month.

The consultants say any asbestos on the site will need to be stripped out and disposed of before larger equipment is brought in to remove the bulk of the structure.

The plan is expected to go before councillors in September.

11 Responses to Council Reveals Plans For Old School Demolition

  1. Mike smith August 22, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Why not use part of it for a shopping centre the rate we’re building houses and shuting shops for housing thare will be nothing to buy on the islands soon

  2. oldlocal August 22, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Great idea John, but to logical having all the Council Staff under one roof,just think how much time would be saved by staff not having to walk around town from one Dept to another. No doubt it would also save a lot of money instead of throwing it away on another wild scheme.

  3. pete August 22, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Leslie. Rays words make sense. That’s more than the clap trap that the council come out with at times.

  4. John Hicks August 22, 2015 at 10:43 am

    One other idea perhaps would be to turn the old school into council offices, as well as a conference centre, a large hall for concerts etc and some of the excellent ideas from Ray Wornes. I am often hearing that the town hall is not really fit for purpose now that they have 3 million officers and staff running the islands. It beggars belief that there appears to have been very little consultation between officers and the general public as to what they would like to see happen to the building. I understood that it was originally designed and built so that it could easily be extended upwards if needs be to accommodate more classrooms. So if that is the case it could easily be developed to be of more use to the community in a great many ways. Please look before you leap! It would be tragic to lose a very useful building like that.

  5. Ray Wornes August 21, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I view the demolition of our old Sec School as a terrible loss and an irresponsible waste of a very valuable, modern building especially as it isn’t the ideal site for building either houses for families or flats for the elderly. The Council Officers seem to want to pull it down as quickly as possible in the name of redevelopment to head off local opposition and for this community to suffer the financial consequences rather than working out a reliable cost effective plan that will not become yet another financial liability on our Council’s funding. That school is of considerable financial value to this community, it has the potential to earn money and provide an educational and scientific step change to the future success of this failing community. Just look around you at this bankrupt Council and failing local businesses. I would ask what effort has gone into exploring the many kinds of community support services that this building could provide, alternative uses of the old Sec school and its future value to existing local business and the advancement of skills for the whole community and can I have a copy of any report please? I would suspect there isn’t one.
    We could have a small Conference hall open for hire to all sorts of national organisations and companies all year round, a cinema, classrooms, a science lab, a cookery training centre to support our school pupils in their careers and courses for our local hospitality industry, a hostel and environmental study centre for all year round Wildlife Trust management courses and accommodation for many more worldwide gig rowers that need B&B’s etc. a science innovation, engineering, woodworking and building skills centre and many more. This is a large, valuable, modern building able to be structurally renovated after the asbestos is removed and endlessly adapted to many kinds of uses, employing local builders, given the determination of Councillors not to allow this community to continue its decline towards becoming a third rate, end of the line, intellectual backwater, dominated by uncontrolled Officers and the insatiable needs of a few big businesses. There are a large number of sites where we could build one or two houses for locals to either rent, buy or self-build and accommodation for the elderly could be built at or near to the most appropriate site, our Hospital with its essential services and its wonderful views. That all makes sense to me, Councillor’s. Has anyone in our Town Hall full of highly paid individuals got any vision at all or are you all locked into heavily supporting the most destructive waste business activities that will damage tourism and the living environment the whole length of St. Mary’s?

    • Leslie Welch August 22, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Thank goodness you are not paid by the word!

  6. John J August 20, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Perhaps they should paint some piles of stones as they seem to be blighting every Island and taking away the very natural beauty of Scilly that people come to enjoy!!

  7. fedup August 20, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Who on earth conjures up all these wonderful ideas, paint work on the boarding, more like graffiti me thinks. This will not be in keeping with the island and certainly should be avoided by all means, do these ideas come from the Senior Management Team in the Council. Time all the construction work came to a halt, enough is enough.

  8. Ewart Less August 19, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I wonder if any of our local artists will choose to paint a large white elephant?

  9. High Lanes Drifter August 19, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Onward ever onward from one success to the next, after all its only money.

  10. Banksy August 19, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Can’t wait.