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Plans for Darwen school site
A FORMER school site in Darwen has been earmarked for disposal by the council.
Teaching began at Holden Fold in 1965 when it was Knowle County Secondary Modern, later becoming Darwen Moorland High School.
But Moorland became Darwen Academy in 2008 and subsequently moved to Redearth Road in 2010.
The site was then taken over by Darwen Vale High School as renovation work began under the Building Schools for the Future scheme at its site in Blackburn Road.
But with work at the Earcroft site all but complete and the school year coming to a close last week, teaching at Holden Fold has now finished.
And the Lancashire Telegraph understands that council bosses are looking to sell the site, although a temporary use for the buildings is being sought.
Tony Humphrys, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive member for education, said: “The main priority at the moment is the move back to the Darwen Vale site and we will look at the future of Holden Fold in due course.
“Darwen Vale High School students and staff have had a very successful and productive two years at the site with some great exam results, and everyone is now looking forward to moving into the re-built and updated school on Blackburn Road in September.”
Darwen town councillor Simon Huggill, who is also a member of the Darwen branch of Civic Voice, said: “One of my big questions is, what are we going to do with the sports hall?
“That was only recently built and cost a great deal of money. Are we just going to demolish it?
“One of the beauties of Darwen is its rural location and it would be sad to lose that if the land was sold to a housing developer.
“I want the council to have meaningful consultation with the people of Darwen about the future of the site.”