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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Green light to £½m feasibility study for education campus

A MULTI-MILLION pound education campus for Whitehaven has moved a step closer after nuclear partners agreed to help fund a feasibility study.

by Sarah Robinson

Sellafield Ltd, Nuclear management Partners (NMP) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) will pay £250,000 for the study. The remaining £250,000 will be paid by Cumbria County Council, who will carry out the study.

If the scheme goes ahead it would see a new campus built near the current sites of The Whitehaven Academy, St Benedict’s School and Mayfield School.

The three schools would operate independently but share some facilities across the state-of-the art campus.

The news has been welcomed by Copeland’s MP Jamie Reed. He said: “The feasibility study is a vital first step down the road of building a campus which will raise aspirations for the next generation of young people in the area.”

A decision on further contributions from the nuclear partners towards build costs will be made following the study.

Tony Price, managing director at Sellafield Ltd, said: “There is much work to do, and I cannot second guess the feasibility study, but the potential of the scheme to transform education in Whitehaven is very exciting.”

And Dr Ian Hudson, NMP’s general manager, said: “I am very excited about the proposition of a Whitehaven campus and the impact it could have on the lives of young people in West Cumbria.”

County council leader, Stewart Young, said: “I very much welcome this announcement from nuclear partners. Their funding, along with the £250,000 already committed by Cumbria County Council, means we are now in a position to get on with the feasibility studies that are the essential first step for this ambitious project to transform education in Whitehaven.

“The next steps will be to review the findings of the feasibility studies and develop a business case and funding package for the whole project. There is a huge amount still do to do, but this is a significant statement of intent from all partners and it gives me real confidence that our vision will become reality.”

Have your say

Half a mill feasibility study. Been here before. At the end, as the consultants fly off to Bermuda with a big smile on their faces, nothing. Then, on to the next feasibility study. What will that one be about? A new stadium and sports village?
Same old rubbish.

Posted by observer on 1 April 2014 at 22:13

What a absolute load of garbage do you people never learn,discracefull waste again of money,well i'll give you a feasability study if you do this it will put the lakes college and penrith university out of business you idiots.you lot should be on the dole you could'nt work your way out of a paper bag,anyone can think up pipedreams while spending other peoples money,just drop it in the last money pit waste of time hole like the last lot and put us out of the inevitable outcome,but hey congrats to the cliques and jobs for the boys on a forethcoming nice little earner KERCHING THANKYOU SIR!!!! AND GOODBYE.

Posted by James O on 30 March 2014 at 18:26

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