MP in Heddon College plea to county council
North Devon MP, Nick Harvey has called on Devon County Council to use money from reserves to keep Heddon College open for another year.
The MP who has been campaigning for the school believes it would be more cost effective to invest in the school rather than transporting pupils from all across North Devon to alternative schools including in the south of the county.
Nick has urged county councillors to consider funding the pilot at Heddon College while the college seeks independent status and alternative funding arrangements.
He said: “All councils have money put aside for a rainy day, and Devon has been lucky to be able to put aside more this year than they had planned to. A relatively small amount of this money would be enough to keep Heddon College open for another year whilst staff and governors investigate other options open to them.
“The Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, has told councils that rainy days are here, and they shouldn’t sit on pots of reserves that could be used in other areas during these difficult times. I believe that this is exactly the sort of use for a portion of this money.”
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