Parish council warns of demolition danger as historic building goes up for auction

July 04 2018

Parish council warns of demolition danger as historic building goes up for auction

Frampton Cotterell Parish Council has urged local people to make their views known as the old Brockeridge School on Woodend Road is sold by South Gloucestershire Council.  The original 1846 building is part of the current Watermore School.
The school is to be located on one site, with the infant school being sold off.  There are three lots for auction by sealed bids, due as Frome Valley Voice went to press.  The first lot is the general school grounds and the modern buildings on the infant school site.  The second lot is the Victorian building on the same site, with a third lot being auctioned on the junior school site for housing.
The council’s auction papers say the Brockeridge School building ‘should be retained’, but conservation officers at the council have warned this doesn’t afford the building complete protection if developers want to demolish it.
Frampton Cotterell Parish Council has put in a bid to Historic England in an attempt to have the building nationally listed.  They hope this will help protect the building.
The parish council also says that any money raised from the sale of the school grounds and buildings has to go back into providing education in the parish.
Council clerk Naomi Bibi told Frome Valley Voice: “The school is an important landmark in the village and has provided education to the children of Frampton Cotterell since 1846. Whilst South Gloucestershire Council may be permitted to sell the land and buildings on it, there are restrictions stipulated in the terms of the 1846 trust.”
“Importantly, any proceeds from the sale of the school site must be applied to deliver the terms of the original trust. In other words, every penny that South Gloucestershire Council stands to make from selling Lot 2, must be re-invested in a new school within the Parish boundaries to continue providing education for the children of Frampton, and absolutely cannot be used for any purposes other than this.”
The parish council is urging local people to comment on plans for the site on the South Glos Council planning website (reference number PT18/0930/R3O), as well as contacting Historic England via their website  southwest@HistoricEngland.org.uk
Ms Bibi said: “The Parish Council wants to reiterate how important it is that both the original school building (along with its surrounding stone walls) is protected, and that also all proceeds from the sale of the old school  must go directly back into providing a place of education for children of the village. Public comment is important, and now is the time to really make your voices heard.”