Sadness as council moves to demolish old school building
ONE of Bulwell's most historic buildings looks set to be demolished to make way for housing.
The former Henry Mellish School in Highbury Road closed in July 2009, when the school merged with River Leen School to become the Bulwell Academy.
Nottingham City Council told the Post in March there was no intention of demolishing the school and has previously worked to maintain the main school building and caretaker's house.
It was thought the buildings could be kept if renovated into flats but, after the site was reassessed, a planning application to demolish all of the buildings on the site has now been submitted.
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The need for family housing rather than flats is a key factor in the decision.
A city council spokesman said: "We had hoped the remaining school buildings could be retained. However, having looked afresh at the site's potential, it is clear that removing the buildings would make it more marketable as a potential development site, and allow much needed family housing."
Part of the former school has already been demolished following a fire last October. It destroyed a wooden building and spread to two other parts of the complex. The single and double-storey building was severely damaged.
The resulting emergency demolition cost around £248,000.
Residents say it will be a shame to see another historic building pulled down.
Tim Stammers, 52, of Highbury Road, said: "It would be a real shame if they demolish it – it's a lovely old building," he said. "Hopefully they can find a way to put it to some use."
Madeline Thomas, 38, of Coventry Road, said: "With the old library up the road boarded up too, it's sad to see the old buildings in the area in this state as they give the road a bit of character."
Roberta Swinton, 63, of Piccadilly, said: "I suppose it's bit of a landmark, but if it's unsafe then it has to go."