Former school to be bulldozed after spate of arson attacks

BULLDOZERS will move in to demolish a school building which has become magnet for arsonists.

Bolton Council has submitted plans to knock down the former Oldhams Primary School in Selkirk Road, Astley Bridge, which has become a target for vandals.

Councillors and neighbours have been campaigning for the disused school to be demolished after it was set on fire twice in three months.

A fire broke out in the building in early November after a suspected arson attack just weeks after nearby Barlow Park Youth Centre was also set alight.

Oldhams Primary was set on fire again early this month.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “We are demolishing it to prevent the building being targeted by further vandalism. Following the first fire in November, a structural engineer assessed the building, which recommended demolition to part of the building and there has since been a further fire which has caused additional damage.”

Demolition work should get under way soon after the proposals have been put before the planning committee.

The building has been unoccupied for about six months after Starting Point, a “school” for new young international arrivals moved out.

The land has not been sold and there are no plans for the site following the demolition of the building.

Cllr Hilary Fairclough said neighbours were worried the building, which is in the middle of a housing estate, would become a magnet for vandals.

She added: “I am delighted the building will be flattened.

There are a number of issues with the building, and when it comes down it will eliminate fires in the area and anti-social behaviour which will make local people feel happier and safer.”

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11:49am Sun 27 Jan 13

sunfun says...

They will demolish this school and then:-
1, when the site is clear, there will be an invasion of travellers, with all the problems they bring.
2, someone will then apply to build houses on the site, and there will be a multitude of protests citing traffic problems and a LACK OF SCHOOL PLACES in the area.
3, in January the country is going to be inundated by about 600,000 to 3.8 million (depending on which government statistics you read) Bulgarian and Rumanian immigrants putting more pressure on the LACK OF SCHOOL PLACES
They will demolish this school and then:- 1, when the site is clear, there will be an invasion of travellers, with all the problems they bring. 2, someone will then apply to build houses on the site, and there will be a multitude of protests citing traffic problems and a LACK OF SCHOOL PLACES in the area. 3, in January the country is going to be inundated by about 600,000 to 3.8 million (depending on which government statistics you read) Bulgarian and Rumanian immigrants putting more pressure on the LACK OF SCHOOL PLACES sunfun

9:14pm Sun 27 Jan 13

ohboltonweloveu says...

why stop at the school ?
why stop at the school ? ohboltonweloveu

12:34am Mon 28 Jan 13

winny 58 says...

Did Hilary Fairclough ever go to this school like thousands of us did,does she have any idea of it's history which is soon to be wiped off the earth.Does she not know about a former headmaster at this school who was a navigator on a lancaster bomber fighting to save this country for us all,he was shot down and was badly burned but he survived.He was just one memory from that soon to be pile of rubble,i was born and raised in this town and now i hate the place,it's changed so much by councillors who don't have any right throwing away parts of a once great town.Dare i mention Smithills Coaching House which is not far away,sadly the people destroying the school live on the door step,turn it into a community centre or let the people decide for once.If they opt to pull it down i hope the town hall goes with it .
Did Hilary Fairclough ever go to this school like thousands of us did,does she have any idea of it's history which is soon to be wiped off the earth.Does she not know about a former headmaster at this school who was a navigator on a lancaster bomber fighting to save this country for us all,he was shot down and was badly burned but he survived.He was just one memory from that soon to be pile of rubble,i was born and raised in this town and now i hate the place,it's changed so much by councillors who don't have any right throwing away parts of a once great town.Dare i mention Smithills Coaching House which is not far away,sadly the people destroying the school live on the door step,turn it into a community centre or let the people decide for once.If they opt to pull it down i hope the town hall goes with it . winny 58

1:11am Mon 28 Jan 13

winny 58 says...

I am very surprised McDonalds have'nt shown a interest or Asda or Tesco. Just think of all that potential,all that greenbelt land at the back of the ex-school up for grabs just waiting for the weak planning commitee to do what they think is right (if the money is right) to throw it all away,i hope history judges these people.Oldhams shopping complex,consisting of superstore,cinema,bi
ngo,leisure centre and a small memorial to what once stood here.
I am very surprised McDonalds have'nt shown a interest or Asda or Tesco. Just think of all that potential,all that greenbelt land at the back of the ex-school up for grabs just waiting for the weak planning commitee to do what they think is right (if the money is right) to throw it all away,i hope history judges these people.Oldhams shopping complex,consisting of superstore,cinema,bi ngo,leisure centre and a small memorial to what once stood here. winny 58

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