Area residents angry after municipality demolishes former Burntcoat schoolhouse

The Municipality of East Hants' decision to demolish the old Burntcoat schoolhouse is not sitting well with many people in the community.

Last Wednesday night, council voted to demolish the schoolhouse, originally built in the mid-1800s, saying it was in the interest of public safety.

The municipality says it was not being used, had not been maintained for many years and was deemed dangerous by a building inspector.

It was torn down Friday morning.

Members of a community group that wanted to restore the old schoolhouse say the municipality doesn't even own the property and shouldn't have torn the building down.

They say it was purchased in 1962 by a group of local residents for $200.

However, municipal officials have told CBC News the group from 1962 was not incorporated and the property belongs to East Hants.