Following the decision to close Sandye Place Academy, concerns were raised by residents about the long-term future use of the site. After an application was submitted by the Sandy Historical Research Group, supported by Sandy Town Council, the site has now been confirmed as an Asset of Community Value. However, when the Academy closes later this year, it will be for the Department for Education to determine if and when the site is transferred back to Central Bedfordshire Council.
North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt said: “I recognise that the Sandy Place site is extremely important to the town and its community, and I will do all I can to ensure it is returned to them and that it’s long term future is secured for the benefit of local residents.
I have written to the Regional Schools Commissioner, and the Minister for Schools, to support Sandy Town Council’s bid to ensure the site remains a community asset. I want to see all parties engaged in discussions about the best way to facilitate this and to plan for the site’s future maintenance and access following the Academy’s closure this summer.