For too long Batley has been ignored and allowed to deteriorate, just so it can be torn down, because that is cheaper and the land can be sold to make millions of pounds which won't stay in the local area. We have already saved the butterfly house from being town down and now we want to save St Marys School from being torn down. This building is a major part of our towns history and could quite easily be brought back into use and will help to regenerate the local area and economy rather than just putting more strain on the local schools, sewerage and roads.
Help us save St Marys School from being demolished so we can turn it into a community hub, that people can use to get their business off the ground, it will be a space to build things as well as some office space.
The idea being that the main hall and attached former class rooms will be rejuvenated to be used a community hall for local groups as it is very difficult to get regular use of the parochial hall and for groups who don't feel comfortable going into a very christian / religious atmosphere. The former class rooms will be turned into affordable office space for local start up businesses, with phone and broadband internet access. The kitchen off the main hall will hopefully be reinstated to allow for cafe and catering facilities to be offered. The former reception building will be turned into a maker space for local tradesmen and artists to hone their craft with access to tools we will provide, that are normally out of the price range of start up companies. All of this will help regenerate the local area without putting more pressure on local schools and infrastructure. In a similar vein, feedback from local people has shown the desire for more ample parking around the church, so part of the former playground will be turned into a car park to meet their needs. The rest of the playground will be turned into a growing space to help local people deal with mental health issues and we are already working with several local mental health charities to develop this idea.