Bristol TA centre in Clifton could become school

Territorial Army Centre
Image caption Developers are in talks to take over the lease

The Territorial Army (TA) centre in the Clifton area of Bristol could be converted into a primary school.

Developers are in talks to take over the lease and provide the TA with purpose-built facilities elsewhere.

Council deputy leader Simon Cook said a primary school would help tackle a shortage of places in the city.

The TA has been based at the centre since the 1930s when the Society of Merchant Venturers, which owns the site, let the Army Reserve use it.

The society has now decided to look for new tenants as the lease runs down.

'Retain their charm'

Discovery Properties has been appointed to oversee the search, with the emphasis on the future use of the land as student accommodation or a supermarket.

Liberal Democrat Clifton East ward councillor Mr Cook said: "I actually feel quite strongly that those buildings are part of the history of Clifton.

"I would like to see some kind of compromise whereby some of the existing buildings could be reused to retain their charm.

"I would hope that a school could reuse the buildings whereas a supermarket would probably want to bulldoze."

He added that he felt there were enough supermarkets on Whiteladies Road and was worried that more would threaten independent traders.

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