Outcry over plans to sell off former school building

Former Lostock Hall Community Infant School, Avondale Drive, Lostock Hall
Former Lostock Hall Community Infant School, Avondale Drive, Lostock Hall
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PLANS to sell off an iconic school building has caused outcry among villagers and former pupils.

Lancashire County Council wants to use land used as playing fields at the old Lostock Hall Infant School in Avondale Drive for social housing.

Nearly 100 people took to social media to express their fears for the future of the site.

Many said the Victorian building held fond memories and despite not being used as a school since 2010 they say it is part of the village heritage and should be spared from the bulldozer.

Others said the playing fields would be an asset to the village, providing vital open space for local sporting clubs.

The infant school closed in 2010 after an extension was built to the junior department in Linden Drive, ending years of staff and parents having to flit between the two sites.

Now the county council’s estates department wants to dispose of part of the fields and the building to sell it off for social housing.

Lisa Gildert said on Facebook: “Why do historic buildings have to be knocked down, surely the word historic means something?

“Why can’t it be renovated and the building kept, just like they did with the old (Preston)infirmary, that is social housing”.

Mandie Swarbrick wrote: “My infant and junior school, so many happy memories. Such a shame that the council won’t invest in its refurb.”

Lisa Sumner added: “What a shame, a lovely building with great character. Lots of memories of working there and my children attending. Surely better use could be made of it. Maybe local residents should have the opportunity to put ideas forward. I’m sure someone in the community would have some good ideas.”