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English Heritage speak out on Gainsborough’s historic Lea Road School

Local councillors and residents are concerned that the former school on Lea Road has fallen into disrepair (G121029-2e)

Local councillors and residents are concerned that the former school on Lea Road has fallen into disrepair (G121029-2e)

THE HISTORIC and iconic local landmark of Gainsborough’s former Lea Road School has caught the attention of the English Heritage Assiocation.

Thousands of Gainsborough residents will remember the historic school which was built in 1906 and was a infants and junior school until it was closed and converted to a business centre in the early 1990s. It has been empty for a number years. Last year, we spoke to concerned councillors and residents who were upset that the listed building had been targeted by intruders and vandals.

An English Heritage spokesperson told The Standard: “The County Council own Lea Road School and it’s their responsibility to look after the building.”

“We’ve suggested that they should secure the building and make temporary repairs to the roof to stop it deteriorating further while options for re-use of the building are explored.”

Lincolnshire County Council told the Standard: “Our contractors regularly return to re-secure the site, but it is difficult to keep people out.

Unfortunately, the building is in a conservation area, and we’ve not been allowed to demolish it.”

- What would YOU like to see done with the building? Get in touch and let us know.

 

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