Unfair funding

At the last meeting of the West Sussex County Council County Local Committee, held on December 4, the provision of a new academy was discussed.

It would appear that the proposal is to build the academy, in the less than adequate grounds of Northbrook College at Broadwater, with no provision for playing fields or even a recreational area.

This will condemn generations of Worthing schoolchildren to a secondary education with no access to physical recreation with the consequent effects on their health, both now and in the future.

The county council report already states that funding for the new academy is “significantly less than the sums spent to provide new Academies at Shoreham, Lancing, Midhurst and Littlehampton” and “that the design and construction will reflect the available funding”.

Why is it, that just like our local Conservative MPs, who for decades have failed to deliver a by-pass for Worthing, our Conservative county councillors have failed to secure the level of funding enjoyed by neighbouring academies, which will impact negatively on future generations of Worthing pupils?

Worthing needs and deserves elected representatives who will stand up and fight for the town.

Councillor Charles J.E. James

Downview Road