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Bid to save historic ceiling

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 26, 2013

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COMMUNITY leaders are calling for an historic ceiling to be preserved if planning permission is granted to demolish part of a college.

Leek Town Council discussed a planning application for Leek College, as part of a wider £7 million investment project at Leek College’s campus.

The college is now asking Staffordshire Moorlands District Council planners for the: “Demolition of mobile classrooms, Carr Gymnasium, Millblock and engineering workshop.” Leek town councillors discussed the need to retain and put on display the 17th century plaster ceiling which is currently in the Carr Gymnasium.

The historic ceiling of the Sugden designed building, had been gifted to the town following the demolition of a building in theMarket Place.

Councillor PamWood said: “I really do think that we should try really hard to think of somewhere truly public for the ceiling to be put on display.” Planning officer Rachael Simpkin has made the recommendation that no works should take place at the gymnasium until steps to remove and stored with a view to it going on public display are put in place.

The planning application is set to be determined by planners at a meeting tomorrow, Thursday.

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