THE FORMER Principal of Thurrock Adult Community College Diana Hale and the former Chair of the Board of Governors, John Kent are now the Portfolio Holder for Education and the Leader of the Council.
For them, one of the greatest challenges in the budget is to justify and/or manage the possible closure of the college and the resultant loss of jobs.
The figure in Appendix 3 of the “Cuts Document” os CEF 10 which refers to the loss of 43 jobs with a connected saving of £250,000.
Many staff fear that the possible commissioning of adult learning will be won by an outside body that will result in the loss of their jobs.
An on-line petition has illustrated the depth of feeling many people feel about the college.
Some look at the bulldozers at the New Recreation Ground, just across the way from the Richmond Road campus and wonder if their prime piece of real estate is also ear-marked for development.
We spoke to Chair of the Board of Governors, Mike Rawlings about the concerns regarding commissioning, the fight to keep it open, the history of the college and the viability of the college.