A PRESTIGIOUS hotel which closed at the weekend with the loss of almost 80 jobs is set to rise from the ashes as a new school.
The Moorside Grange Hotel and Spa in Disley shut on Sunday after 30 years.
Disley Councillor Harold Davenport said residents were upset at the popular hotel’s demise – but stressed the Mudhurst Lane building would be “put to good use” as a school for children with learning disabilities.
He said: “The closure is a sad loss for the local economy, for all the people who’ve lost work and for everyone who stayed at the hotel and used the gym over the years.
“But it’s not all doom and gloom.
“There’s a new horizon for the building – it’ll definitely be put to good use and hopefully generate a whole raft of new jobs.
“Despite local rumours, it certainly won’t be used as a prison,” he added.
The school, which is due to open in September, will be run by Cumbrian-based company Wings Education Ltd.
Michael Webster, who will be the new headteacher, said he was excited about the opening of the school.
The hotel boasted a popular gym with hundreds of members.
One of them, who did not want to be named, said: “I am very sorry to see the Moorside Grange Hotel and Spa close.
“There is no suitable replacement in our area.”
Owners Stardon (Moorside) Ltd previously said that hotel guest numbers were down one per cent and room prices had fallen 32 per cent over the last five years.
Both Stardon (Moorside) Ltd and Chardon Management Ltd, which operated the the Moorside Grange Hotel and Spa, were unavailable to comment about its closure.
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