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Oaklea Trust to investigate possible transformation of former Alston Primary School

Clive Wigley

Leading Cumbria based Charity, Oaklea Trust, has agreed to begin work with a local committee in Alston Moor to investigate the transfer of the former Alston Primary School building/site on Garrigill Road from Cumbria County Council, through a CAT – Community Asset Transfer.

Clive Wigley, CEO of Oaklea Trust said: “We will work with the local committee with the possible aim to turn it into a resource for the local community.

“The plans discussed so far could include a community café, gym and facilities for young people. The next step will be to carry out a condition survey and negotiate the transfer.

The Oaklea Trust has an excellent track record in transforming former public buildings, elsewhere in Eden we have already made a huge success of the former Centre 67 building in Appleby which since Storm Desmond in 2015 is now the thriving Appleby Hub social enterprise.”

The current primary school is co-located with Samuel Kings Secondary School.

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