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End of the road at last for redundant school buildings

Monday, 21st May 2012.

Schools in Haverhill which have been closed as a result of the change from three-tier to two-tier education last year are being knocked down over the next few weeks.

The education minister has signed the required paperwork for the demolitions to go ahead of Castle Hill and Chalkstone middle schools and police are delighted as the buildings have caused them considerable problems.

"These buildings have been a crime and anti-social behaviour magnet for us since their closure and we'll be delighted to see them levelled," the town's police chief, Insp Peter Ferrie said.

Vandalism and theft of metals have been the main criminal activities which should now be brought to an end on the sites.

The town's third middle school, Parkway, is being re-used as part of the Castle Manor College site.

Future plans for the other two sites once the buildings are demolished are more speculative. Planning documents suggest part of the Castle Hill site would be used to build 25 houses at some stage.

The Chalkstone site is earmarked for a 'local centre' which could include a wide range of community uses.

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