Reader letter: School should be given to the community

NRHNBE120516f1, Ripley mystery picture. Derby college Heanor from mundy Street.
NRHNBE120516f1, Ripley mystery picture. Derby college Heanor from mundy Street.
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The discussion of “what to do with the grammar school” trundles on. It’s all down to money and who has got some.

Derby College can’t afford it and the county council is in the business of making savings.

There is a great opportunity here to provide a multi purpose facility that is close to the market and with car parking. Old school sites can be made to work. The old Ernest Bailey School at Matlock is now the county archives. Strutt School in Belper is now in community use and has many activities ongoing and was used for Amber Valley Beer Festival recently. The proposed new Heanor Library is going to be expensive but there could be room on the old school site if there is the will with computer rooms for research. The school had a concert hall and small gymnasium. The list of organisations that could make use could include art and / or dance studio, play group, scout groups, outside activities, meeting rooms, much needed local history facility to rival Erewash Museum. The possibilities are endless but funding and who will maintain and fill all the grant application forms to run a non-profit facility is the real problem. This could take years and meanwhile the pigeons move in.

G. Shaw

Ex pupil