Derelict Blaina school bought at auction

South Wales Argus: SOLD: The old Cwmcelyn Infants School in Blaina was bought by DJ & DM Williams Building and Roofing Contractors for £50,000. Picture from Blaenau Gwent Council website. SOLD: The old Cwmcelyn Infants School in Blaina was bought by DJ & DM Williams Building and Roofing Contractors for £50,000. Picture from Blaenau Gwent Council website.

A DERELICT school in Blaina has been bought in auction with the intention for it to be turned into housing.

The old Cwmcelyn Infants School in Blaina was sold for £50,000 to DJ & DM Williams Building and Roofing Contractors, who are based in Abertillery and Blaina.

The property compromises a single storey Victorian school which was most recently being used as a day nursery. It has a total area of 1,485 sqm.

Dave Williams, 47, who owns DJ & DM alongside Darrell Williams said he hopes planning permission from the council would allow his company to build “ a couple” of affordable houses on the plot, possibly ranging between £120,000 and £150,000.

He said: “We intend to knock it down and possibly utilise the land to put some houses up there, which are somewhat affordable.

“We have had our eye on the land for quite a while – it’s a lovely little spot. It has been closed down for some time now and all that’s going to happen is it will be damaged. If I was a resident up there I’d like to see some nice, affordable houses rather than seeing it being vandalised.”

Paul Fosh, of Paul Fosh Auctions in Newport, held the auction at The Park Inn Hotel in Llanedeyrn on Thursday.

He said: “The building itself was in quite a good condition but was made surplus to requirements many years ago so I wouldn’t be surprised if someone decided to knock it down for the plot of land.”

The ground floor of a derelict police station in Abercarn was also bought for £8,500 at the auction.

The building had been deemed surplus to requirements by the police, while parts of the building is already being used as flats.

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3:09pm Mon 9 Dec 13

k12345 says...

unbelievable! this building is a big part of the Cwmcelyn area, hence the stone on the very front with the year of the building. This is shocking and is making the little bit of Cwmcelyn's history disappear, just like the rest of the valleys!
unbelievable! this building is a big part of the Cwmcelyn area, hence the stone on the very front with the year of the building. This is shocking and is making the little bit of Cwmcelyn's history disappear, just like the rest of the valleys! k12345

3:29pm Mon 9 Dec 13

_Bryan_ says...

Its a shame that the buyer plans on demolishing the school in Blaina and that the site couldn't be acquired by a community group with the capacity to retain the existing building. I would hope that the developer will be sympathetic to the concerns of local residents.

I also hope that at least the facade of the old police station in Abercarn will be preserved. There are precious few buildings with any historic significance in the area and what we have should be retained as much as is possible.
Its a shame that the buyer plans on demolishing the school in Blaina and that the site couldn't be acquired by a community group with the capacity to retain the existing building. I would hope that the developer will be sympathetic to the concerns of local residents. I also hope that at least the facade of the old police station in Abercarn will be preserved. There are precious few buildings with any historic significance in the area and what we have should be retained as much as is possible. _Bryan_

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