WORK to demolish a former school building has begun.
The top site of the former Brierton Comprehensive School, off Brierton Lane, is being demolished by Hartlepool Borough Council.
Work to level units at the rear of the prominent building has started.
There are no set plans in place for what will happen to the site once it has been cleared, but it is no longer needed as a school building.
Brierton School, which closed in July 2009, was spread over two sites.
Previous reports to the council’s cabinet committee estimated the cost of demolition at around £200,000 with the money coming from existing capital funding.
Labour councillor Angie Wilcox, who represents the Manor House ward, said she has mixed emotions as she used to attend Brierton School between 1974-79.
Coun Wilcox said: “I have quite mixed emotions as I used to attend the school and it really is an end of an era.
“It is quite strange to see the building being demolished and there is not a lot to say apart from that it has to come down.
“If it doesn’t come down then it could attract children to the site if it is left as it is.”
The bottom site, off Catcote Road, was being used by staff and students from Dyke House Sports and Technology College while their Mapleton Road site underwent a £12.4m revamp in 2011.
But the school relocated in January of this year after the completion of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
The top site at Brierton has been stood empty and council chiefs are demolishing it to save on security costs.
A detailed masterplan is expected to go before councillors soon with potential options for the whole site.
If the building is not demolished then the council would have needed to set aside funding to cover security costs.
The council is looking to slash between £18m and £20m from its £91m budget over the next five years.