Talks to find new site for former school’s phone masts

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A POTENTIAL new site for phone masts that are holding up plans for the re-development of the former Wombwell School is being explored.

The former Wombwell Swimming Baths, that are currently being transformed in to flats and a gym, may provide an alternative site for the masts which are on the school’s old science block.

Baths owner Kelvin Shaw is willing to house the masts belonging to phone operator Orange, if his site in Hough Road is deemed suitable.

Unless the masts can move to a new home, they must remain on top of the science block indefinitely, hindering a full demolition of the school. Construction company Laing O’Rourke has planning permission to demolish Wombwell High School, that was replaced by the new Netherwood School at Darfield this term.

Wombwell Coun Dick Wraith said: “Everyone wants to move on with selling and making use of the old school site, to free up more cash for other schools within the borough. This issue with the masts is holding matters up.”

Barnsley Council said initial works and surveys are been carried out and it was hoped demolition work on the school buildings could start by the end of the year.