School ‘shouldn’t be pulled down’

The Old South View Primary, Crowland.
The Old South View Primary, Crowland.

A Crowland resident is trying to save a primary school that has a special place in the hearts of generations who went there.

Dayne Drummond said he was horrified when he heard rumours the former South View Primary School in Reform Street was to be pulled down and replaced by housing.

He said: “I went there and so did my brother, my mum and my eldest.

“It shocked and saddened me to think it would be pulled down, especially as money was spent on refurbishing it just before it closed last year.

“Instead of the community being asked what they might like it used for it’s been left to rot and a lot of people are upset about it.”

Mr Drummond, who describes himself as a passionate resident, says he would like to start a petition to save the school, but is first exploring what the current situation is.

He said: “I’m talking to someone who will liaise with the education authority and Lincolnshire County Council on my behalf to see what the situation is.

“Then I would like to start a petition. I’ve been overwhelmed with the support.

“People would like to see it used for the community, maybe as a surgery.”

The town currently has one school, South View Primary, which has moved from its former home on Reform Street to the much larger former St Guthlac School site on Postland Road in September 2014.

Crowland’s former secondary school was named The St Guthlac School after the abbey’s founder. It was situated at the junction of the B1166 and B1040.

Lincolnshire County Council made the decision at the beginning of July 2011 that the St Guthlac School would close as part of the creation of the University Academy Holbeach, to be situated on the site of the former George Farmer Technology and Language College in Holbeach.