Meeting to save historic Doncaster school building

Past pupils and friends of the Percy Jackson Grammar School  in Woodlands, Doncaster. Picture: Chris Lawton
Past pupils and friends of the Percy Jackson Grammar School in Woodlands, Doncaster. Picture: Chris Lawton

ANGRY campaigners demanding answers over the £16 million rebuild of a school will get the chance to question education and planning bosses.

Parents and residents living close to Outwood Academy Adwick are set to meet representatives from the school, Doncaster Council and builders Wates Construction next week.

And former pupils of Percy Jackson Grammar School, which was also housed on the Windmill Balk Lane site, insist they will continue their fight to save a 73-year-old art deco building at the school set to be demolished under the plans.

The scheme has already been given the go-ahead by the council’s planning committee.

But Gill Hird, of Windmill Balk Lane, whose children are pupils at the school, hopes a number of concerns will be listened to at Tuesday’s meeting.

She said: “We want answers over why all the agencies involved agreed the project.

“This meeting should have taken place before the planning application was passed.

“Now we have finally got the chance to ask our outstanding questions.”

Former Percy Jackson pupil Ken Cooke, who wrote the history of the school, pledged no one is giving up in the fight to keep the historic building.

The old school will not be demolished until the rebuild is fully completed in around two years time.

Mr Cooke said: “The vote by the planning committee was very close, and I think that means the campaign has had an impact.

“We are dismayed and concerned that the Percy Jackson building is being earmarked for demolition.”

Campaigners hoped to get the building listed status, but their application was turned down by English Heritage because it was not nationally significant.

They are hoping it could still be acknowledged as significant locally and therefore worthy of retention.

The council was criticised by Coun Susan Bolton at a planning meeting who said there had been a lack of consultation with residents..

Planning officers said they sent letters to residents whose properties bordered the site and put notices on lampposts.

The council said building work is due to start on October 17.

Tuesday’s meeting at Outwood Academy starts at 6pm.