Parish of St Martin Consultation Exercise
THERE is still time for Islanders to have their say on the future of the existing St Martin’s Primary School site.
In September, staff and students at the school will move into a new building adjacent to the existing site and the Parish has entered into a consultation exercise with residents and site users to determine what to do with the vacated buildings, which include several ancillary extensions, the nursery facility, playground and parking areas and other landscaped space.
Nearly 250 responses have already been received, the majority of which have been submitted via here and with the deadline for suggestions closing at 5pm on Tuesday 30 June, the project team is keen to encourage all interested parties to submit their views either online or by completing the survey form on the back of the consultation document and returning it to the Public Hall. A copy of the consultation document can be downloaded from this link here.
To assist with planning for the future use of the school, the Parish has appointed HLG Associates to act as Project Director and HLG managing director Simon Matthews is urging anyone with a view on the way forward to get involved:
“Parishioners in St Martin have responded extremely well to the survey so far, but we would like as many people as possible to contribute to the consultation in order to take advantage of this great opportunity. The consultation doesn’t close until the end of the month, so Islanders can still have their say and help us to develop a facility that is of the best possible benefit to the community in the future.”
Following the conclusion of the consultation exercise, HLG and the rest of the project team will review all the responses and draw up a strategic brief, which will be used to identify the options available.
In determining potential uses for the site, consideration will have to be given to the cost, community value, and appropriate usage of any project while ensuring it meets strict environmental and planning requirements. The project team will also have to look at how best to manage the Parish’s current estate and consider how any proposed new use of the old school site would allow for a more efficient and effective delivery of its administrative functions and existing Parish services.
As Simon Matthews explains: “The issue under consideration through the consultation exercise is one of significant importance to the future wellbeing of the Parish. Through consultation, we are hoping that all residents and site users have their say on what they would like to do with the vacant site, so that we can work-up and deliver a plan that meets with the needs of the future users.”