Bus load of campaigners call for former school to be demolished

Chairman of Easington Colliery Parish Council Ian Foster at the former school in Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery
Chairman of Easington Colliery Parish Council Ian Foster at the former school in Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery

Bus loads of protesters are to call on planners to support their campaign to pull down a former school.

Up to 100 residents from Easington Colliery will head for County Hall for the meeting which will decide whether the former infant school in Seaside Lane can be demolished.

If someone falls from there, they won’t be getting up, they’ll be put in a pine box.

Ian Foster, Easington Colliery Parish Council chairman

Heritage organisations have argued the 1913 building should be preserved or redeveloped, but the costs involved and problems that would have to be overcome have stopped that from happening.

The owner of the plot, Tony Mann, has submitted the application to demolish the structures to Durham County Council.

A petition, supported by the area’s Labour councillors, has collected 1,600 names.

Forty people have already signed up to travel on the two buses booked to transport people to a planning meeting, which is expected to be held on Tuesday, September 8, with banners and posters being drawn up to show the strength of feeling about the derelict building, which has been targeted by thieves and vandals.

Chairman of the parish council and a former pupil of the school, Ian Foster, said: “It would be sad to see it go because it’s part of our heritage but it’s seen its day.

“It’s holding back the colliery.

“The kids are getting in there, it’s been on fire several times and it’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt, if not killed.

“They’ve also been getting up to the domes of the roof to get to the lead. If someone falls from there, they won’t be getting up, they’ll be put in a pine box.”

The time of the meeting at the council’s headquarters is yet to be confirmed.