Demolition plan for school site

The top site of Brierton School
The top site of Brierton School

A PROMINENT former school building could soon be demolished at an estimated cost of £200,000.

The top site at the former Brierton Comprehensive School, off Brierton Lane, Hartlepool, could be pulled down as part of wider plans for the area.

Brierton School, which closed in July 2009, was spread over two sites.

The bottom site, off Catcote Road, is currently being used by staff and students from Dyke House Sports and Technology College while their Mapleton Road site undergoes a £12.4m revamp.

The school is expected to relocate in January after the completion of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme.

But the top site is currently empty and officers are consulting on plans to demolish it in a bid to save on security costs.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s cabinet committee met to discuss the latest budget issues as part of the ongoing process.

Officers say a detailed masterplan needs to be developed with potential options for the whole site.

That is expected to go back before councillors in June next year.

A report to cabinet said: “There is a more immediate need to make a decision on the ‘top site’ building and ancillary buildings which will not be needed.

“It is recommended that this building is demolished as soon as practical.

“Demolition costs will need to be funded from existing capital receipts and need to be quantified to enable this issue to be reflected in the final budget proposals to be referred to council in February.”

If the building is not demolished then the council will have to set aside funding to cover security costs.

The council needs to slash £15m from its £90m budget over the next three years, with £6.7m set to be cut next year.

As previously reported, senior officers hope to balance the books with as little impact on front-line services and jobs as possible.