Saturday, 28 November 2009

Ashford / Spelthorne College Protest

All day today I observed an impressive Unison inspired protest outside the Ashford Campus of Brooklands College. Unison’s primary concern is to protect the jobs of their union members, rather than the wider interests of the community.

The College has been dealt a hammer blow by Labour’s sudden withdrawal of all funding for the Learning & Skills Council. Responsibility for the education of 16-19 year olds reverts to Surrey County Council next spring.

The original building in Ashford has no future because it cannot be economically refurbished to modern standards. It is to be hoped that the superb Portakabins on the site can be retained, whilst more permanent facilities are found in Spelthorne for the education of our sixth-formers.

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