Eyesore ex-school demolished

Demolition trucks bringing down the inside of The Grange building on Dinmore Avenue. Below: Officials from Blackpool Council and Mark A Taylor Ltd, including Coun Ivan Taylor (front centre) at the site.
Demolition trucks bringing down the inside of The Grange building on Dinmore Avenue. Below: Officials from Blackpool Council and Mark A Taylor Ltd, including Coun Ivan Taylor (front centre) at the site.
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Demolition work has begun to transform a well-used eyesore building.

The Grange building on Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park, was previously the former home of Grange Park School before being replaced by the £2.3m Boundary Primary in September 2003.

Officials from Blackpool Council and Mark A Taylor Ltd, including Cllr Ivan Taylor at the site of The Grange on Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park

Officials from Blackpool Council and Mark A Taylor Ltd, including Cllr Ivan Taylor at the site of The Grange on Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park

It was formerly an emergency school for pupils at Devonshire Junior School after it burned down and was even the council’s Educational Diversity facility for excluded youngsters.

The service was transferred to The Oracle centre on St Annes Road, South Shore, earlier this year and diggers have moved on to the site to level it and transform it into a grassed area.

Coun Ivan Taylor, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “This building has served Blackpool children well for a good number of years, and many will have good memories of going to school there.

“However, times have moved on and Grange Park now has a new school which is much more appropriate for children learning today and as a result, The Grange is no longer fit for purpose.

“To keep it as an unused derelict building would have been unsuitable.

“Not only would the costs have been too high, but it would have been an eyesore for the local community with the potential to attract crime.

“While the definitive plans are still being finalised, we are committed to turning the space into an area of green land which can be enjoyed for many years to come.”

Terry Bennett, chairman of the Grange Park Community Partnership, added: “It was one of the original buildings at the start of the estate but when they built the new Boundary Primary we lost a green area.

“Once this comes down it will be laid to grass and we will have the area back for children to play on.

“It’s going to be an asset to the community again because empty properties can be a target for crime and we don’t want that.”

• Grange Park School was replaced by the £3.2m Boundary Primary, which was opened in September 2003.

• The building was quickly brought back into use as emergency classrooms for pupils from Devonshire Junior School after that school burned down.

• Now the unit is being transferred to The Oracle centre on St Annes Road, South Shore, making the school surplus once more.

• Education chiefs have now decided to pull the building down because it is too expensive to maintain.

• Demolition work is expected to be completed early next year.

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