We welcome the redevelopment of Mount Pleasant Primary School to enable modern education in Lockwood, Huddersfield. We call for the development to incorporate the school’s landmark 1875 clock tower building. We call for early community consultation.
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Mount Pleasant Primary School is important to the community that lives around it, it is a vital part of the life of the neighbourhood.
We welcome the Priority School Building Programme redevelopment of Mount Pleasant Primary School to enable modern education.
However the process is failing to consult the community.
Mount Pleasant school was opened by the Huddersfield School Board in in 1875 with over 1,000 pupils, it was the largest school in the town.
Mr J Dodds, chair of the General Purposes Committee said at the foundation stone laying
“These schools were mainly erected for the children of the working classes and were not for temporary purposes, but were for them and their successors for a long time to come”
The school was designed in 1873 by the architect Charles Fowler of Huddersfield & Leeds, who was to go on to win the design competition for a new Market Hall. It was buillt, in the main, by Lockwood contractors. Its most dramatic feature is the 80 foot clock tower.
Almost all local people know that in the 1960s our market hall and it Gothic clock tower was doomed by a council / developer agreement that put rebuilding over reuse of buildings. In 1970 to the consternation and with the fierce opposition and of the citizens of Huddersfield the market hall and its tower was demolished. Very many people in the town have never forgiven the council for its destruction.
Lockwood is not best known for its grand architecture. The Mount Pleasant clock tower with its dramatic fabulous animal water spouts, clocks and spire has become a beacon, a landmark and icon for the school. Just like Jubilee Tower on Castle Hill is a valued heritage icon of the town, the tower is the much loved element of the school, part of the school’s logo and at the heart of the diverse community.
In the 1980s when Mount Pleasant school was redeveloped its head teacher Brian Wood MBE worked with the community to ensure that the clock tower building was kept.
Now we find that the community is not being involved in changes. The bureaucracy of the Priority School Building Programme process has failed to consult the community on its priorities. Plans are being kept secret. It is our school and our community.
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