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Business as Usual if £23m College is Built
Tuesday 19th January 2016 @ 14:18 by Tom Greggan

Councillors are promising education will not be disrupted while the proposed £23m replacement Glossopdale Community College is being built in Hadfield.

But there are no such assurances for the future of the community centre at the bottom of the road leading to the Newshaw Lane site.

The building could be demolished to make way for construction plant needed to build the school which will cater for 11 to 18-year-olds.

Cty Cllr Dave Wilcox stressed that this was only a proposal should the new secondary school be built. But he added that the centre was in direct line of the access needed.

Cllr Wilcox confirmed that although there would be disruption to ‘non-school community activities’ at the Hadfield site over the next couple of years, the new building would be designed to ‘enhance community access and engagement’ when the college was not needed for ‘school use’.

He said: “People who live close to the site are anxious to see how traffic is likely to be handled, that their lives are not too disrupted by the building work and that the investment promises positive benefits to the local community once it is completed.”

Meanwhile proposed draft plans for the college – which will replace the Hadfield buildings and those at Talbot Road and Talbot House, Glossop – will be revealed by Derbyshire County Council next Thursday (January 21), at the Hadfield site.

The consultation represents the next stage of the development of the new school, with residents invited to drop in between 4-7pm to look at the draft plans and discuss the proposal.

According to Cty Cllr Damien Greenhalgh, the school will be built on the ‘green’ parts of the Hadfield site and although there would be some demolition work at the start of the building process, interruptions to children’s education should not be necessary.

He said: “We are conscious that for many students their education is a one-off opportunity, and though a single site school offers greater options and efficiency in the future, those who are in school at present need to be assured of minimal disruption to their education.”

Cty Cllr Ellie Wilcox, who attended the school in the 1990s, said she welcomed the proposals and the opportunity for people to comment before any formal planning application is made.

Deputy Cabinet member for children’s services, Cty Cllr Caitlin Bisknell added that a formal planning application would follow the local discussions.

She said: “Given the need for a planning consent, a starting date for commencing the building process is still to be negotiated, with a likely completion date of 2018.”