Council backs cash-strapped college site

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Morley Town Council has pledged its support to help retain Joseph Priestley College courses in the town.

Town council leader Coun Robert Finnigan said at last week’s meeting the council would do “everything we can” to try and find a viable solution.

Its support follows a formal announcement that the college’s Peel Street campus is to be closed in the wake of funding cuts.

Coun Finnigan said: “We will do everything we can to work with the college to find a viable solution to the challenges they face with offering an educational presence in Morley.”

The council said it was looking at whether the college could use other buildings in the town to continue providing courses.

Coun Finnigan, who met with staff from the college, said they were considering whether space in Morley Town Hall could be used.

He said: “The town council felt it was important we did everything we could to support the college to continue with providing courses in the Morley area and we are looking at local buildings to see if they can be used for this purpose.

“The town hall is under-used and we would welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with the college to see if they could make any use of the space within the building.

“The further education courses the college runs are essential for many of our local residents.”

Upset parents confronted Leeds City College governors about the closure of the campus last month.

Councillors at the meetings said the closure was a result of £11m worth of savings which had to be made.