Old school to be children's centre

PLANS to transform an old school building in Worle are one step closer to becoming reality. North Somerset Council wants to turn the former Mendip Green First School buildings in Mendip Avenue into a centre for children, teenagers and parents. The Victori

PLANS to transform an old school building in Worle are one step closer to becoming reality.North Somerset Council wants to turn the former Mendip Green First School buildings in Mendip Avenue into a centre for children, teenagers and parents.The Victorian buildings became redundant when the school's new extension opened at the other end of the site.The local authority has now put forward a planning application to replace the existing windows with double glazed ones, put up a canopy over the main entrance, create car parking and relocate the security fence on the site.It is the only planning application that will be submitted to the local authority and covers all the external work that will needed to be done.As part of the overall development the buildings will be retained and refurbished.The centre, which will be used in the day and at night, will house a range of facilities including health and social services, children's charities, youth workers and a creche.Access to the site for pedestrians will still be from Mendip Avenue and improved and the point where vehicles can enter the site will be widened.The tarmacked areas will remain in place to be used for supervised play or parking.Worle Children's Centre will be one of 11 built around North Somerset, eight of which will be open by April 2008. The current application is likely to go before North Somerset Council's west area committee next month.


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