Parents say renovate it, don’t demolish it

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Parents and children reacting to the news last week that demolition of the current Ferney Lee school is the preferred option, have come together to begin a campaign for renovation instead.

Signatures were collected on a petition at the school gates, and children collected signatures of their classmates on Monday to show to the Cabinet meeting at Calderdale Council that there was a strong desire to keep the historic building for future generations of Todmorden children.

One of the parents, Catherine Bann, said: “We were thrilled to learn that investment in our school was being discussed, but horrified that demolition and new build was being mooted as the best idea. When I heard that one of the children had vowed to chain himself to the train tracks in protest, I realised that we as parents couldn’t stand by and do nothing.


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