COLLEGE CHAOS: As Editor posts protest letter, MP blames Government for incompetence
PUBLISHED: 15:31 27 March 2009 | UPDATED: 08:59 02 June 2010
EDITOR John Elworthy today posted a letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown protesting over the threat to the new £70 million Fenland campus for the College of West Anglia. It was the latest stage in the campaign organised by this newspaper- and supported
EDITOR John Elworthy today posted a letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown protesting over the threat to the new £70 million Fenland campus for the College of West Anglia.
It was the latest stage in the campaign organised by this newspaper- and supported by Fenland District Council- to rescue the college plans after the 11th hour withdrawal of funds.
Callers to the paper today suggest that the College of West Anglia may stand to lose up to £10 million in fees and charges already spent if plans for the new campuses both at March and Kings Lynn fail to happen.
MP Malcolm Moss also spoke out today about the threat to the new college, describing the funding fiasco as one of the greatest scandals of his Parliamentary career.
"It's unique in my 20 years experience of Parliament that a Government can get things so wrong," he said.
"It shows massive incompetence on the whole of the Government."
Mr Moss, the MP for NE Cambs, has spoken already in Parliament on the issue and is hoping Tory Party Leader David Cameron will force an Opposition Day debate to find out what went wrong.
Chaos in the Learning and Skills Council is on an unprecedented scale, Mr Moss believes, and he says "no one will convince me the Government didn't know what was happening".
He said the funding row- which has threatened dozens of other colleges across the UK- was "a huge scandal" and he was determined to get to the bottom of what went wrong.
Meanwhile Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard readers are being urged to support the on line petition that is heading off to 10 Downing Street in the next few weeks.
And next Wednesday our reporters will be out in March collecting signatures during market day.
n Stay in touch with latest developments on Monday at 10.30am when Councillor Geoffrey Harper, Fenland District Council Leader, will be interviewed on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.