Grahame Morris MP has welcomed the announcement that the demolition of the former Easington School Building will start on Monday 19th July.
The school closed in 1997 but failed to attract investment to regenerate and repurpose the building for public use. The former school has fallen into disrepair, becoming a blight spot and a target for vandalism.
Easington Councillors David Boyes and Angela Surtees have lobbied for the demolition of the school building, and while approval has been passed on several occasions, demolition was blocked due to interventions from heritage organisations and the Government’s Communities Secretary. Following the previous decision to block demolition, Cllr Boyes and Cllr Surtees worked to address the concerns and questions of heritage groups to ensure the latest approval would not be blocked.
Grahame Morris MP has supported plans to demolish the school building over the last ten years as it was clear the building was beyond repair. Speaking following the announced date for the demolition, Mr Morris said:
“I must thank Cllr Boyes and Cllr Surtees.
A great deal of time and effort has gone into getting our community to this date and without their diligence, we would not have been able to lift this shadow from Easington.
In an ideal world, the school buildings would have been repurposed for the benefit of the community. Unfortunately, once the building fell into disrepair and was a target for vandalism, all the heritage value was lost.
I have argued from the outset that our community cannot be held hostage to heritage. A once great school that served our community for a century has sadly become an economic drain and held back the village’s development.
I am delighted that after years of campaigning, lobbying and false starts, we finally have a demolition date. I know the wider community and local residents will be pleased this blight spot will be cleared.”