What price college move business case now?

THE district council recently debated the threatened relocation of the regional college. One of the key issues is finance. The business plan for re-developing the college at Hinchingbrooke is based on selling the California Road site to a property develop

THE district council recently debated the threatened relocation of the regional college. One of the key issues is finance.

The business plan for re-developing the college at Hinchingbrooke is based on selling the California Road site to a property developer so that 200 houses can be built (and the green field lost).

But, with the current housing slump and builders laying off staff and mothballing construction sites, will the college be able to sell the land, or sell it at a price that makes the Hinchingbrooke development affordable, therefore balancing its budget? I doubt it.

It is wrong to move the college. It will concrete over another chunk of our town, removing a key public facility from the centre of town but, even that aside, it is just dumb economics. My question at council was dismissed because "it was not a planning matter". It may not be a planning matter, but it is important. Can someone please tell your readers what the answer is?

Councillor DAVID PRIESTMAN

Huntingdonshire District Council