Council agrees to demolish site of old Kettering schools

File image
File image

The county council cabinet has approved a recommendation to demolish two former schools in Kettering.

Avondale Junior School and Avondale Infants School, in Laburnum Crescent, were closed at the end of last year.

Pupils moved into the new Kettering Buccleuch Academy (KBA) building, in Weekley Glebe Road, which itself replaced the former Montagu School.

The academy had been created in 2009, but it was only in January this year that younger pupils made the move away from the Avondale schools.

At a meeting of the Northamptonshire County Council cabinet on Tuesday, October 8, the executive agreed to demolish the former Avondale schools, which councillors were told did not lend themselves to serving any purpose for the county council. Demolition of the buildings has an estimated cost of £200,000.

The cabinet also rubber-stamped a recommendation to transfer part of the land which used to comprise the school site to the Crescents Community Centre.

A separate section of the site will be added to the Ronald Tree Day Nursery.

Most of the land – more than 3.5 acres – is to be disposed of by the county council, with the resulting income helping to meet a shortfall in Government funding for the new KBA building.

The county council report added: “Given the location of the site the likely future use of the built area would be for housing.”

But the report rejected the idea of disposing of the whole site, saying the nursery needed extra space and Kettering Council wanted extra play space available, to be managed by the community centre.