Deputy calls for former school buildings to be used by the community

THE former Les Quennevais School site should be made available for community initiatives until a decision is made about its long-term future, a St Brelade politician has said.

Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (29415784)
Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (29415784)

Deputy Montfort Tadier would like the building, vacated when the school moved to new premises last month, to be utilised rather than sit empty.

At the next sitting of the States Assembly on Tuesday Deputy Tadier has tabled a question for Infrastructure Minister Kevin Lewis. Deputy Lewis will be asked whether he has been approached by any groups who wish to use the vacant building, and whether he would consider allowing the site to be used on an interim basis for community purposes.

Deputy Tadier, a former pupil at the school, said that the buildings were in reasonable condition and could sit empty for at least two years if they weren’t utilised.

‘It would be a shame and a waste if they weren’t put to good use,’ he said.

The site would make an excellent base for the proposed St Brelade Repair Café, a new venture designed to offer Islanders a place to bring broken objects to have them fixed, which will be launched later this month, Deputy Tadier added, as well as a proposed ‘library of things’.

‘The library would work in a similar way to a library for books, except people would be able to borrow household tools or pieces of garden equipment,’ he said. ‘It’s a project that would cut waste and promote sustainability.

‘I’d like to see the library get off the ground anyway, but having a physical base would really help a project like this, or the repair café, get off the ground.’

Several charities had also expressed interest in the possibility of using vacant space within the former school buildings, Deputy Tadier added.

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