Messingham Junior School on market for £700k
THE former Messingham Junior School building has been put on the market for £700,000.
The Northfield Road site was vacated in September 2011 when the town's junior and infant schools merged.
With the amalgamated school now situated on Briggate Drive, the Northfield Road site, owned by North Lincolnshire Council, has sat empty for nearly 18 months.
Messingham Parish Council has been unable to find a use for it but has insisted that it is sold in two separate lots.
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Lot 1 is a 0.4 acre site where the school building is situated. Lot 2 is the 0.7 acre piece of land to the rear of the building.
The first lot has been given a guide price of £250,000 and the second a guide price of £450,000.
Neil Poole, chairman of Messingham Parish Council, said: "We have been arguing the case for the site to be sold with development restrictions and in two lots.
"This we believe will help to protect both neighbouring residents and the street scene."
The conditions of the sale state that: "Any purchaser of the site must retain, and not demolish, the school building.
"This condition is to preserve the character of the street scene."
Bernard and Jean Richardson, of Wells Street, Messingham, welcomed the move.
Mr Richardson, 66, who is a former pupil of the school, said: "I think it is good that they are doing something with it.
"I would prefer something to be done with it, rather than letting it rot away."
Mrs Richardson, 67, added: "Some people have mentioned an old people's home. I think it could be done because the village has grown a lot."
The details of the sale say the land to the rear of the building is suitable for residential development, subject to planning permission.
The current rateable value of the whole former school site is £11,500, and the land is assessed as school and premises.
Councillor John Briggs, North Lincolnshire Council's cabinet member for asset management, culture and housing, said: "Obviously the situation in normal asset management is first of all to look for other uses for the building within the local authority and local community.
"Following these efforts, we market sites of this nature and hopefully get the best possible receipt for them.
"We are anxious to preserve the street scene and are having to work very hard. We are doing all we can to try to promote the site and find a buyer."