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Demolition plans for Bewsey school
12:30pm Monday 1st October 2012 in News
AN educational relic of the borough will soon disappear from the landscape as Warrington Borough Council prepares to demolish Bewsey Old School.
The council office, which was once home to schoolchildren when it was originally opened as Bewsey High School, has become redundant after staff were moved to New Town House.
Now Warrington Borough Council has submitted plans for approval to demolish the building as it looks for a buyer for the land.
Stewart Brown, the council’s property and estate manager said: “Council staff are continuing a phased move out of the Bewsey Old School building to the New Town House complex in the town centre.”
The centre was first earmarked as a potential site for sale in 2010 as the council looked to sell off some of its land as a way to help raise in excess of £2.5 million.
Councillors approved the eventual sale of the land in January.
At the time Clr Peter Carey, the then board member for corporate resources and services, said the authority was looking at making sites available and ready for when the economic climate picks up.
Officers in neighbourhood and community services departments like adult social care have been among the staff who have moved to the town centre offices.
The closure of Bewsey Old School also fits into the wider vision for new council offices in the town centre as part of the Bridge Street Quarter redevelopment.
But residents living near the school will have to wait to see what may come in its place.
Mr Brown added: “We hope to offer the site for sale in 2013 however there is no firm date for this or demolition as yet.”