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Film project at old Castle View School
STUDENTS will be documenting the history of a Canvey school.
The old Castle View School, in Meppel Avenue, closed its doors to students in 2012 and has stood empty ever since.
Now former students Joe Mander, 17, and Liam Heatherson, 17, are to pick up their cameras to make a film on the history of the building.
Joe, who attended the school during the move to the new site, in Foksville Road, is now a film and TV student at South Essex College.
He said he fears for the future of the derelict site, although County Hall says there are no plans to knock it down.
He added: “As a former student, it is just quite sad to see it being abandoned. It has been empty since the move.
“We have no idea what the future of the building holds, but we have heard that it could get demolished, so we want to make a documentary before anything is decided.”
The school, which opened in 1980, has been earmarked as the site for 50 homes as part of Castle Point Council’s housing blueprint.
The students wrote to Essex County Council to seek permission to go into the building and are also hoping to find old pictures to include in the documentary.
Joe added: “We wrote the county council an email and they were helpful in allowing us to enter the site.
“We’ve taken photographs of different parts of the building and are hoping to put all these together.”
The school expanded and moved into a new £28million building two years ago.
Joe said: “We just want to put the history of the old site together, not only for us but for all previous students. It has just been sitting there abandoned for the last couple of years.”
A spokesman at the County Council said there are no plans to demolish the building.