Ex-school revamp moves on

The former Brierton School site
The former Brierton School site

MAJOR plans to transform a former school site have moved a step closer.

Hartlepool Borough Council is looking to revamp the former Brierton School site, off Catcote Road, by demolishing part of the lower site, relocating services and building a new 3G sports pitch at a total cost of £2m.

The council’s finance and policy committee met to discuss the latest developments.

Sections of the lower school building – which used to house the food and textiles classes – and the greenhouse have been flattened along with the swimming pool.

The aim is to build new houses on land which used to house the top site with funding from the land sale helping to pay for the regeneration of the wider site, which will include several other sports pitches.

From January 2014 the Pupil Referral Unit and Education Development Centre, both currently based at the Golden Flatts site at Seaton Lane, are set to relocate on the lower part of the site with training and conference areas.

Councillors noted the current position, approved the confidential highest bidder in relation to the EDC and Golden Flatts sites and provisionally approved using any surplus capital receipts to fund new parking bays at the end of Groves off Macaulay Road, with a further report going back to councillors.

The council-run Brierton Sports Centre will be retained and kitchen facilities used for the council’s in-house catering team, rather than Golden Flatts Primary School.

There is also long-term plans to build a new pool.