Former school site set to be sold

THE fomer site of a Mossley high school looks set to be sold in the coming weeks.

And offers for a familiar building in a Stalybridge park are being invited, with the deadline fast approaching.

What used to be Mossley Hollins High School, on Huddersfield Road, has long been made for sale by Tameside Council, with development for housing the most likely option.

Outline planning permission for what is a brownfield site surrounded by green belt land was approved in 2017.

The former site of Mossley Hollins High school on Huddersfield Road

Now Tameside Council’s Strategic and Capital Monitoring Panel has been told offers are to be reported for approval in the near future.

And in the report on the sale of the authority’s assets, it was revealed marketing for the building at Cheetham Park is also ongoing, with a closing date of December 3.

The council meeting, on Monday, November 22, heard of a number of complications with projects, while others have gone ahead as planned.

The former stable building in Cheetham Park in Stalybridge

It was told a scheme to install cheaper to run LED bulbs in many street lights has been delayed by six months because of what is described as, ‘AGMA wide issues and delays associated with the new electrical connections contract and the Tripartite agreement between the contractor, Electricity North West (ENW) and the council.’

The panel was also told: “Due to resourcing issues, the next phase of the project to connect Clarendon College to Tameside One with high quality paving is yet to commence.

“Additionally, since the lifting of lockdown it is important that the original objectives for the wider Ashton Town Centre Public Realm are reviewed.”

Also, work on children’s playgrounds will also be delayed because, ‘Playground companies are reporting longer than expected lead in times for the manufacture of playground equipment in part due to delays relating to Brexit and ongoing Covid-19.”

Work at Stalybridge’s Arlies Primary School will also cost more than was initially estimated because of the discovery of additional asbestos.

And a budget of about £10,000 is needed to extend the public address system at Mossley Hollins’ new site following the installation on a four-classroom block in 2018.

Tameside Council did report some better financial news, though, in that a scheme to replace cremators in Dukinfield came in cheaper, meaning £681,000 was left over.

That money will now be used to fund essential roof repairs at the town’s crematorium.

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