College Rebuilding Plans Put on Hold; FUNDS BLOW: Principal Hopes Scheme in Regeneration Area Will Get Priority
Byline: Lucy Lynch
AMBITIONS plans to rebuild Henley College have been put on hold - because government funding agency the Learning and Skills Council has run out of money.
The plans to replace the ageing buildings at the college in Henley Road, Bell Green, Coventry, are being delayed along with scores of other college rebuilding projects around the country because of the funding crisis.
Building work had been due to start this summer and take four or five years to complete. But now it's not known when the work will start.
A report into the problem nationally by Sir Andrew Foster blames Learning and Skills Council bosses for agreeing to provide money towards scores of college rebuilds without realising they were heading for an overspend.
Sir Andrew's report says the next step is for a consultation exercise to decide which colleges are most in need of new buildings and will get the money first.
Others will have to wait.
Henley College bosses are hoping their project will be at the top of the list. …