College move plan is ‘on a knife edge’

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LACK of government funding means Worthing College’s planned move to Broadwater remains “on a knife edge”, said borough council leader Paul Yallop on Tuesday.

Speaking at the council’s budget meeting, Mr Yallop said he had asked West Sussex County Council to direct a £500,000 infrastructure grant towards the college’s planned relocation to the former Aviva site at The Warren.

“The college has already failed to secure two previous bids for redevelopment,” he said. “Having been so badly let down by the Learning Skills Council, they are left educating 1,600 students in a facility originally designed for only 600.”

Mr Yallop continued: “However, with no government funding towards the development, I understand the viability of the scheme still remains on a knife edge. I very much hope the college will be successful, but should the scheme fail to gain planning consent later this month, I have been assured that the £500k of infrastructure funding will return to Worthing for another project.”