Demolition plan for 10-year-old disused library

Closed: Wisewood  School.
Closed: Wisewood School.
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A DISUSED Sheffield school library built only 10 years ago at a cost of £500,000 is to be demolished, councillors are set to confirm next week.

Wisewood School closed last summer, with the secondary merging with Myers Grove to form the new Forge Valley School in Stannington.

However, while the school’s sports hall is to stay as a community facility, no new use has been found for the library.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “We have worked hard with community representatives, groups, interested parties and the local tenants and residents’ association to find a use for the Wisewood school library building.

“However, unfortunately no viable, financially-sustainable use for this part of the building has been found.

“In addition, the council has ensured the ongoing operation of the community and sports centre on the site and it is unlikely the site could sustain two community buildings.

“The fact is the building is now costing council tax payers more to be kept empty and there are concerns it may become a target for anti-social behaviour which could affect the quality of life for nearby residents, pupils and staff at Wisewood Primary School, as well as users of the existing sports centre.

“With no alternative use for the building, or funding available to support it, we sadly have no option but to continue with plans for the demolition of the school while contractors are there.”

Margaret Young, Wisewood Tenants and Residents’ Association chairman, said the decision was a pity.

She said: “It’s still a relatively new building. We did look into the possibility of using it ourselves, but there’s no way we could afford to keep it going without help.

“Another possibliity was the local table tennis club moving in, but we were told there would be no money available for new community centres.”

Work on demolition of the main school buildings is due to begin soon, with development proposals to go before a meeting of the council’s planning board on Tuesday.

Following consultations with the community, the proposals are for the creation of an artificial grass pitch, landscaping of the buildings and yard area, and the creation of a car park and routers in for pedestrians and vehicles.