A derelict school in the heart of Dunston, Gateshead, that has been empty and unused for over a decade is to be demolished and used for housing. And Lib Dem Councillors, who fought to have the site cleared, have welcomed the news.
Dunston Hill School was replaced with a new building nearby 13 years ago but the old building has been left to rot and become derelict.
Councillor Peter Maughan has had a long running battle with Gateshead Council, owners of the site, to demolish the old buildings and build badly needed affordable housing instead.
“The neglect of the old Dunston Hill School for over a decade has left residents living with a huge eyesore on their doorsteps,” said Peter.
“This is completely unacceptable. The site is on the main road through Dunston so the growing dereliction is seen every day by a large number of people.
“We want Dunston to be a thriving and attractive place in which to live but how can we achieve that when people are met by this derelict school with trees growing out of walls, collapsing roofs and boarded up windows?
“I have written to the Council’s chief executive to try again to get some action to have the site cleared. I have now had a positive response from council officers who have informed me that a developer is now lined up to build 37 homes on the site.
“I have been calling for this site to be used for badly needed affordable homes for over a decade. We could have had homes built here years ago which would have paid council tax, therefore generating income for the Council. Instead, we have a dangerous eyesore on which the council is losing the opportunity to get an income.”
Peter recently launched a petition for residents to sign who are angry with the decade of inaction to deal with the crumbling school. It can be viewed and signed here
“I am continuing to run the petition and will not give up campaigning about the old Dunston Hill School until the derelict buildings have been cleared and the new homes are built,” said Peter.