Bid to protect old school building in Kettering

Buccleuch Academy's Primary School, Laburnum Crescent, Kettering.
Buccleuch Academy's Primary School, Laburnum Crescent, Kettering.

A campaign is being mounted by residents who fear that a building will fall into disrepair once a school moves out of it.

As Buccleuch Academy’s primary phase students prepare to move out of their school in Laburnum Crescent, Kettering, to their new building in Weekly Glebe Road, residents in the area have met to discuss ideas on how to protect the land.

The pitches near to the school are used by local youth football teams, and locals have raised concerns that the pitches could be downscaled or sold off.

The group has set up a bank account to fund the campaign and is looking to meet up at least once before the end of the year.

Clark Mitchell, 37, of Sycamore Close, Kettering, is leading the group, and he said: “We’ve already had some meetings and have got some ideas.

“It could perhaps become a community drop-in centre and we’ve contacted various businesses to see if they will donate any funding.

“The thing we are most worried about is that the building gets left empty and falls into disarray and gets vandalised. Then it becomes an eyesore.”

Mr Mitchell has said he has already contacted Kettering Council to ask if the fields can become a protected green space in the authority’s Local Development Document.

The document outlines green spaces in the borough which should not be built on.

He added: “We’re concerned a developer comes in, tears down the building, and builds homes over it as well as the greenfields behind it.

“It’s a great space for local teams to play there and the community uses it, so we want to make sure the green space and building are protected.”

Any residents looking for any more information can email clark_james_mitchell@yahoo.com.