in Shaftesbury

Elsley Road PRU demolition

A number of residents have asked about the ‘demolition’ notices that have gone up on the Elsley Road school site. The building that is being demolished is the ‘temporary’ wooden building that used to house the pupil referral unit (or PRU) on the same site. The main brick building is not being touched.

The site has been vacant since last year’s flooding, which meant the building could not be used and led to the school being relocated with Nightingale School. Following the success this move was made permanent – both schools are part of the same federation and both cater for children with emotional and behavioural disorders.

There was concern earlier this year there was concern about security on the site, and as ward councillors we wrote to neighbours advising them about the measures the council was taking. The nature of the site means it’s difficult to imagine a suitable council use for the site, and the recession means the council wouldn’t get best value via a disposal, so the site might be vacant for some time. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any concerns.

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