August 5, 2013 1 Comment
Following on from my post Now you see them …… I inquired thus:
I guess you have already seen the above article. It says: “The tunnels will be filled with concrete this week for the work to continue”.
Is there any way that at least some of these tunnels could be preserved? It seems such a waste to destroy a part of our history.
And here is the reply:
The tunnel at St Mary’s School was found when the relocatable suppliers began to dig the footings for a temporary building to be located on the west side of the school’s playground. These two new class bases are essential to provide an extra thirty places from September 13 and a further thirty from September 14 as part of the Council’s plans to ensure that there are sufficient reception places for these two years in the central area of the town.
The tunnel seems extends from the school building to underground shelters located beneath or close to the playing field. As little as possible of the area, only that immediately beneath the temporary buildings has had to be filled in to ensure the they have a stable footing. All other parts will remain untouched. There are also two other tunnels on the site, one under the library that was found when it was built, and one in the central area of the playground.
We have tried to get a balance between preserving as much of the tunnels as we can whilst ensuring the much needed extra classroom capacity is safely built.
Aside from my disagreement over the using of a faith school to satisfy the spike in primary school entrants I think I find this a broadly satisfying response.