Facilities to stay at former school site

20 Jul 2017

A former Alnwick school site being vacated this summer will continue to be used by the community, Northumberland County Council has confirmed.

The council is reassuring local sports clubs that the sports centre on the old Lindisfarne Middle School site will continue to operate, after concerns were raised earlier this year that the hall was set to be demolished.

The playing fields will also continue to be used by the local community.

Meanwhile the council’s Learning and Skills Service, which provides adult learning  opportunities in Alnwick to around 700 local people, is to move into the school building over the summer when it is vacated, with a view to expanding the range of services they can offer from September.

The pupils themselves will be moving to the two-tier site at Duchess’s Community High School from the start of the new term.

Alnwick Councillor Gordon Castle had raised concerns over the future of the site and said he was pleased both sporting facilities and adult learning were now going to be maintained.

Cllr Castle said: "This is a really good example of community empowerment and effective collaboration between council departments and local residents.

“I'm really hopeful that we can look forward to a very effective community operation here, including sports, leisure and adult education.

“Residents of Lindisfarne Road can be assured that we intend to increase provision of on site parking to ensure that are not adversely affected by more cars parked in their street."

The new prospectus of learning will be delivered to households starting from 21st August, but will be available online at www.northumberland.gov.uk/adultlearning from the end of July.