This week sees the visible start of a project by Lady Manners School to make more effective use of its beautiful site, to improve the sports facilities for its students and the wider community.
Building contractors will move in to demolish derelict buildings on the edge of the school’s land, at the corner of Shutts Lane and Monyash Road, to make way for a much needed development of 30 affordable homes for the local community.
The demolition of the site marks the end of an era for the cluster of pre-fabricated buildings that formed part of Highfield School for Girls, which educated many girls from Bakewell and the surrounding area until its inclusion with Lady Manners School in the early 1970s upon the return of comprehensive education.
The sale of this surplus piece of land will generate much needed funds for the school to replace its elderly hard surface ‘Redgra’ court with a modern all-weather pitch, complete with flood lights. This new facility will be suitable for all manner of sporting activities including hockey, football and as a training surface for other sports like rugby.
This project has been several years in the planning, involving Waterloo Housing, Pelham Architects, Bakewell Town Council, the Peak District National Park Authority’s officers, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council and their Rural Housing Enabler and other partners. Mr Meikle, Headteacher of Lady Manners School said “This is an exciting step in the development of plans to improve the sporting facilities on offer to our current and future students, as well as to clubs and teams in the local community. We hope that the new all-weather pitch will be installed by the end of 2019.”