Mixed Views on Plans for City College; VOX POP: STUDENTS GIVE THEIR VERDICT ON Pounds 100m 'LEARNING VILLAGE' SCHEME UNVEILED THIS WEEK

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Byline: SIMON DUDMAN

STUDENTS at City College Coventry have given a mixed response to news this week that plans are afoot to create a pounds 100million "learning village" to replace the existing split sites in Spon End and Tile Hill.

As reported in the Evening Telegraph yesterday, college principal Paul Taylor has announced a bold plan to close the college's separate sites at The Butts and Tile Hill Lane and are looking at the Swanswell area to create an inner-city combined campus.

Performing arts student Alex Devine thought the plans were ambitious and said it could attract more students to the college.

"I think the idea is really good. I am not a big fan of this current building and I think one big combined college will have a lot of benefits," said the 17-year-old, of Sutton Avenue, Eastern Green, Coventry.

"The performance spaces here are great but the new site could attract more people to the college, especially if it has a lot of money thrust into it.

"It will probably be a big upheaval for the people who are studying here at the time.

"We were at Tile Hill last year and had to move down here for our second year and it took us a while to settle in.

"Although, I guess the benefits will outweigh the upheaval."

His friend and classmate Julie Henry, aged 18, of Compton Road, Holbrooks, who studies at The Butts site, was less optimistic about the proposals.

She said: "I don't think it is a very good idea.

"So many people have been coming here for many years and the building has a lot of history.

"It is a really nice building and I think people like studying here.

"It will be a big change and a massive change for the students and staff.

"A lot of people are talking about it and I guess there will be some benefits, such as better and more modern facilities."

Under the plans, the landmark Butts college, which opened in 1935, could be sold off for housing or a leisure complex.

The college is also working with the city council's education department to consider including a new primary or secondary school on the new site.

"This is the first we have heard about the plans but I think it is quite a good idea to have everyone under one roof, rather than having to trek between Tile Hill and The Butts. …