Danemill building should be kept for the community – say local election candidates.

Political rivals have united in their calls for a former school building to be kept for community use.

Cllr J Dickinson
Cllr Dickinson says school building is “perfect” for community use.

Jackie Dickinson, Conservative candidate for Enderby Meridian in the county council elections next week, said the vacant Danemill Infants site, in Townsend Road, Enderby, would be perfect as a community building.

Amanda Hack, the Labour candidate, said she did not want to see homes built on the site, which could be needed for education in the future.

Danemill was previously split over two sites – Mill Lane and Townsend Road.

All pupils moved to the Mill Lane site at the beginning of this week, where six extra classrooms have been created.

The move caused controversy because a swimming pool in Mill Lane was demolished to make way for the classrooms.

Mrs Dickinson told local media:

“I’m determined it shouldn’t be taken over by developers.

“The site sits on the edge of a conservation area and is a particularly pretty building.

“Having spoken to residents about this, I think it could be a great location for the library, which currently sits in a much smaller building. It could also be used by community groups including the parish council and heritage society.

“Not only that, a garden or recreational area could be created to the rear of the building.

“It would give people a lovely peaceful place to go and sit.”

Ms Hack said:

“Transport is an issue in the village already and therefore building homes could add to that.

“I certainly wouldn’t be against community use. However, Danemill’s move to one site has reduced its roll.

“I’m apprehensive about losing a school where numbers could rise again and the site could be required in the future.”

amanda hack
Labour candidate Amanda Hack: “Site could be used for education in the future”

She said the closure of Holmfield Primary, in Leicester Forest East, two years ago was causing problems for parents who were now struggling to get their children into nearby schools.

David Coleman, an independent candidate standing for election in the area, was unavailable for comment.

A Leicestershire County Council spokesman said:

“Danemill School has moved on to one main site but the annex building in Townsend Road continues to be used by the council’s school food service until the end of the summer.

“The Hunny Bees Before and After School Club will also continue to operate in this location until Christmas.

“This will give an opportunity for the county council to consult on potential future options for the former Danemill Infants School site.”

Story sourced from: http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/ex-school-village/story-18822309-detail/story.html#ixzz2RxWROOCv

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