Emergency powers used to demolish Dinas St Cyres School buildings
10:35am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
EMERGENCY powers have been authorised to demolish the former St Cyres School annexe building in Dinas Powys.
A report will go before Vale councillors on Wednesday (September 25) which says the vacant building has become a “risk to the community”.
The cost of demolition is estimated at £300,000, but the local authority’s school investment fund will be reimbursed by the sale of part of the site to Brackley Investments for a medical centre.
A consultation was held over future uses of the site earlier this year but no feasible use was identified for the buildings, according to the report.
Vale Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Chris Elmore, said: “The buildings had suffered numerous break-ins by metal thieves resulting in extensive damage to both of the former school buildings and the caretaker's house.
“With regard to costs it was likely that the total costs of securing, maintaining then renovating a building in very poor condition and adapting it for some other use, would exceed the costs of demolition and any new build.”
But there are fears the land will be sold off for housing.
Concern was first voiced last year when the site was included in the original Deposit (Draft) Local Development Plan (LDP), with a possible future use for 340 homes.
Residents and councillors have said they believe the stress on local infrastructure would become unbearable.
Dinas councillor Chris Franks, who also raised concern about the recent consultation process, said: “We are critical that there was not more measures put in place to protect the buildings, and we feel there could have been more liaison with the police. But demolition was the intention of the council from the start, that is clear.
“I think there is an acknowledgment by the Vale that the community wants more facilities at the site.
“But I also think there is a plan to put houses there.”
Emergency powers were also exercised by the local authority recently to demolish Dinas Powys care home, Bryneithin.