Lots to do before council can take over former school site

Wooler First School
Wooler First School

Wooler Parish Council has several hoops to jump through before it can take over the former first-school site for community use.

At last month’s meeting, chairman Coun Malcolm Pringle said that he was under the impression that, before any asset transfer occurs, the parish council must write up a viable business plan, undertake feasibility studies and public consultation exercises and apply for grant funding.

The parish council must also show that the site will not impinge on existing amenities or services in Wooler and have a unique plan for it.

He added that the county council expects part of the site to be used for housing, potentially as a co-housing scheme.

Coun Anthony Murray voiced concern that the amount of damage to the building is substantial and questioned whether it would be better to demolish and rebuild a purpose-built facility.

A meeting with the Big Lottery Fund is set to be arranged to discuss the issue.