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Re: Rockferry high school fire [Re: EdwardH] #1076539
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Thank you for this link! I was a pupil at RFHS (1950 - 1958) and watched this with nostalgia and great sadness. I just left a comment there

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Re: Rockferry high school fire [Re: cools] #1076553
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Don't know if I've asked this before but wonder what happened to that lovely stone freize above the main entrance? Surely they wouldn't destroy it most prob in someone's garden .

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The council was asked that question. They said they had no plans to preserve it. The demolishers might have decided it was worth a few bob though.


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Re: Rockferry high school fire [Re: cools] #1076565
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From September 2014

Originally Posted by WhatDoTheyKnow
Q10 Is (or has) the rememberance plaque of the war dead going to be
removed and stored?

Plaques have been removed from the school and relocated.


Q11 Is (or has) the sculpturing over the main building entrance arch going
to be removed and stored?

This has not been removed.


Q12 Is (or has) other heritage matter (school photographs, records,
trophies etc) been removed and stored?

School items will be stored at Wirral Archives Service in the
Cheshire Lines Building.


Q13 Are (or will) the buildings being officially photographed or video'd
inside and out for heritage?

No arrangements have been made at this point in time.


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Re: Rockferry high school fire [Re: cools] #1076566
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Thanks DD...hopefully it was taken/ sold to someone and is somewhere being cared for. Sure they could have made money for charity by selling off some things, even a brick or two people would have liked maybe stick in their garden or whatever. Soppose a salvage team came in first and took all the good stuff. Wouldn't it be nice to know what happened to that carving , anybody give an answer?

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Ravenswood has its new roof on and it looks like they are in the process of replacing the windows.

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Re: Rockferry high school fire [Re: cools] #1080773
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What eventually is the plan for this house DD? I heard it was to become a hub or something for community. Are bungalows for the over 55s still the plan on the land .

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From memory (buyer beware!).... there's a three storey old people block and about 40 houses and 30 bungalows, Ravenswood getting converted into apartments.

There will be no through road between Ravenswood Avenue and Highfield South, so vehicle-wise the estate will be divided in two

The plans have changed numerous times. I'll try and dig out the current one later on. The last problem I recall was making sure the bin lorries had adequate access and turning everywhere.

The rest of the land has been handed over to a trust which seem to have no viable plans as how they are going to manage it - after the two groups had a war of the worlds and one achieved dominance, information is kept fairly close to their chests.


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Re: Rockferry high school fire [Re: cools] #1080780
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Thanks DD, a fair bit of housing on the land then. At least Ravenswood will be looked after and saved, such a grand house. Do you mean the sports Fields which were promised to be used for community sports and maintained.

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Two sports fields, there has already been a barney. Some footballers have been using one for a few years but they have been kicked off.


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Torus got planning permission back in February 2020 but then in October they reduced their offer for the site from £2.1m to £1.2 because of the increased cost of refurbishing Ravenswood.

Bear in mind the site was valued at over £3m and that the council had already paid for the demolition of the other buildings and basic clearance and levelling of the site.

The security at the site was poor, part of the conditions for demolishing the site were that the Council was supposed to provide a security plan in 2014 which never seemed to materialise.

The layout on the Torus site is roughly right, it doesn't look like there are any bungalows now? The road along the bottom is Highfield South, only the small block of houses at the top right have access from Ravenswood Avenue. The original plans had a different layout.

https://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/torus-revises-bid-for-fire-damaged-rock-ferry-site/

https://www.torus.co.uk/news/torus-awarded-planning-permission-for-rock-ferry-housing-scheme/


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The development looks great on that pic. Be interesting when all done to take a walk around and have a nosey.

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