HEANOR: Public meeting to discuss former college site

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A public meeting is set to take place this evening (February 5) to discuss the planned sale of the former South East Derbyshire College site in Mundy Street, Heanor.

The event has been organised by community group Love Heanor and will take place at St Lawrence Church at 7pm.

Coun Paul Jones

Coun Paul Jones

Organisers said the meeting will take the form of a Question time-style debate, with invited guests including Amber Valley borough councillor Paul Jones (pictured) and town MP Nigel Mills.

Organisers said they want to hear opinions on what should happen to the site, which is being sold by current owners Derby College after plans to reopen it were axed.

Questions can be put to the panel of guests and can be submitted online on the group’s Facebook page or on arrival, a spokesman for the group said.

Representatives from Derby College have also been invited to attend.

Amber Valley Borough Council leader Paul Jones has expressed his disappointment at Derby College’s decision to sell its site in Heanor.

Last month Cllr Jones said Derby College should have explored other options more thoroughly before putting the site on the market.

He said: “Both the borough and town council could have offered financial support via a grant or soft loan and we are disappointed that it has not been considered.

“The loss of the studio school was a bitter blow for the town and the announcement that the college is pulling out of the town is deeply disappointing.

“It is also regrettable that the college’s property consultant did not seek the council’s views on the future of the site before the announcement was made.”

Derby College chief executive Mandie Stravino said in response: “Representatives from both the college and our property agents have been in discussions with the council planning and regeneration departments for more than 18 months regarding the future of Mundy Street.

“We have made every effort to keep the council informed of progress, including our plans to put the site on the market, as soon as this decision was made. “We are committed to continuing this positive relationship.”

This week the Ripley and Heanor News reported that several expressions of interest have already been expressed in the site, which used to operate as a centre of A Level study.

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