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Former Ridings School site could become medical centre

Ridings School
Image caption The Ridings School in Halifax closed in 2009

Plans for future development on the site of the former Ridings School are being drafted by Calderdale Council.

The authority said it had a number of private and voluntary sectors had expressed an interest in being based at the grounds in Nursery Lane, Halifax.

Under the proposals, part of the grounds could be leased to NHS Calderdale for use as a medical centre.

The Ridings School, which was once dubbed the worst in Britain, closed in 2009 after years of bad results.

Since it shut the council has been responsible for the cost of its security and maintenance.

The council's cabinet member for economy and environment, Barry Collins, said the site was a "valuable asset" to its surrounding communities.

He added that they were now looking for a social enterprise, or development trust to run the site.

Council leader Janet Battye added: "This is a good opportunity for the council to help a variety of public, private and voluntary organisations to be based right in the heart of the communities they serve."

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