Petition launched to save school site

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Beach Road School in Litherland. Pic © Matthew Judge

Beach Road School in Litherland. Pic © Matthew Judge

An online petition has been launched by a former pupil of Beach Road School to prevent the council from demolishing it.

Paul Hutchinson, 38, of Litherland, has gathered over 370 signatures towards his 400 target to try to convince Sefton Council to do a u-turn on plans to destroy the vandalised building and instead, with the help of a number of Facebook groups, find use for it.

Beach Road School served as both an infant and junior school before closing in 2008. It merged with William Gladstone Church of England Primary School to form multi-million pound Rimrose Hope Church of England Primary School.

Hutchinson, who was a nursery, infant and junior pupil at the school, told JMU Journalism: “There are a couple of Facebook pages on the school that we have used to communicate with each other with regards to what we are doing to save the school.

“We are looking to increase the exposure of this as we think it’s a disgrace the council can make what will be a regrettable decision.”

He added: “I have also started looking down a couple of routes such as contacting a company called Regenerous, who specialise in restoring older buildings into useful community hubs.”

A spokesman for Sefton Council said in a statement: “While we understand the sentiments and strong feeling surrounding the school, a decision to demolish the building has been made for a number of reasons.

“The school has been empty since 2008 and it has become a target for anti-social behaviour and the interior is now in a state of disrepair.

“Also, the high running costs incurred to keep the building safe are not viable at a time when the Council is faced with further cuts in Government funding.”

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