Old School Demolition Delayed For A Year

old school carn thomas 2014We’ll have to wait another year for the demolition of the old secondary school at Carn Thomas.

The buildings have been part empty since the new school opened in 2011 although some of the space is being used as a temporary base for Kier Construction.

In June, the Council announced that the cost of levelling the site would be met from the authority’s sale of former Chief Executive Philip Hygate’s Sallyport home.

And Development Officer Diana Mompoloki had told members that the site would be cleared by the middle of March next year.

But this week, Council Chairman Amanda Martin said the work is behind schedule because the required surveys haven’t been completed yet.

She said it means the work won’t now take place until the start of October 2016.

In September’s planning meeting Cllr Ted Moulson asked for restrictions to prevent the scheme over-running into the tourism season.

That’s not possible under planning regulations but members were told that the Council is paying the contractor so that concern would be addressed in the contract.



10 Responses to Old School Demolition Delayed For A Year

  1. Steve Puttick December 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I totally agree with Todd. Please give the museum decent premises.

  2. Vaughan Ashby December 14, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    From my 37 years of October birdwatching experience on the islands, a lot of Scilly seems to close down at the end of September. Certainly many of the cafes are closed or have reduced opening hours and trying to find food………………………………………………..

  3. Ewart December 12, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    As the demolition of the school has been differed for a year,as it is such an iconic building,
    should not consideration be given to having it listed.

    • Janus December 13, 2015 at 8:49 am

      That won’t happen Ewart, with its sea views and invulnerability to sea level rise the site is earmarked for superior new homes within easy commuting distance from the office.

      • Ewart December 13, 2015 at 7:03 pm

        Janus, do you mean properties ring-fenced for more highly paid officials for the Council !!!!!

        • Janus December 14, 2015 at 4:33 pm

          Gosh Ewart,

          I hadn’t thought of that!!! but it would be good for their green credentials because they could easily commute by bicycle or even on foot. Surely not even this mob would have the bare faced audacity to do that?
          Chairman Meow couldn’t countenance that, it has to be a step too far,….. or is it?

  4. Todd Stevens December 10, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Once its been demolished, they should build some new flats with a place for the Museum underneath. Then move everyone in the Museum flats building into the new build. Then Demolish the current Museum flats and rebuild that ugly monstrosity too and build (whatever) there? Just a thought!

    • Soutie December 11, 2015 at 10:51 am

      And, since the museum is already dug-out and water logged, it could be transformed into a swimming pool. Or, better still, an aquarium… with sharks!

  5. Jeff Eastick December 10, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Don’t worry , Sam.
    Previous history would suggest aiming for an October start will probably mean November/December at the earliest, and carry over into Spring visitors arriving.

  6. sam December 10, 2015 at 10:57 am

    In response to the news that demolition of the old school won’t start until October
    Quote – Cllr Ted Moulson asked for restrictions to prevent the scheme over-running into the tourism season.

    As an October regular I wonder what the councillor thinks happens when the birders
    arrive ? I understand that we are fewer than in previous decades but rather surprised that we’re so completely dismissed