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Magnets for antisocial behaviour are set to be demolished

Published: Thursday, 11th August 2022

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is gearing up to demolish two former schools on Monday 15 August and Monday 22 August.

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Magnets for antisocial behaviour are set to be demolished

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is gearing up to demolish two former schools on Monday 15 August and Monday 22 August.

Middlehurst and Marychurch school sites have been unused for over 15 years and in recent years have become a magnet for antisocial behaviour and a drain on council resources.

Work will commence at Middlehurst on Monday 15 August and Marychurch will commence Monday 22 August, with Middlehurst expected to take up to 9 weeks and Marychurch up to 6 weeks.

Once cleared, the Middlehurst site will be transformed into a replacement SEND School, which will accommodate up to 82 pupil places and serve as a satellite facility to the main Watermill school. And the former Marychurch site will be a residential development opportunity.

Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage has said: “Both sites have sat empty for 8 years, this has attracted unwanted antisocial behaviour, it’s in our best interests to clear the land and start again. This is the perfect opportunity to focus our attention on further developing brown sites. We know residents have raised concerns in recent years over safety issues for children trespassing and accessing the buildings.

“We would like to take this time to thank residents for their patience while works take place”

Further information on the future residential development opportunity will be released in due course.