Hopes dashed for cottage plan

HOPES that a former caretaker’s cottage at the former Druridge Bay Middle School could be converted into changing facilities for footballers using the adjacent playing field have been dashed, with news that it is to be demolished with the rest of the site.

A letter from the county council to the parish said the costs involved would be prohibitive, although it will continue to provide a portable cabin for sports users.

County councillor Glen Sanderson said: “The intention is to market the whole school site, including the caretaker’s cottage, while the cost of putting a new changing block in would be £90,000.”

But Coun Jim Morris said: “Now the school has gone, there is a diminishing of facilities for the people of this area. We don’t want to be going backwards 40 years, when football players had to change in their cars, we want to be going forward.

“The county council should put this right, that’s what we’re after.”

It was agreed to write to the county council to raise concerns.