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New Burton technical college set for 2015 opening date

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

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THE proposed opening date for a new university technical college (UTC) in the centre of Burton has been announced.

The college, which will be in the annexe at Burton Town Hall and also see a new building created in the adjacent car park, will open its doors in September 2015 according to the parliamentary under secretary of state for schools, John Nash.

The proposals for the site, which will eventually house 600 students, were given the go-ahead earlier this month despite reservations over parking.

Mr Nash, in a letter to Burton's MP Andrew Griffiths, said: "University technical colleges are an important part of our school reforms to improve choice and drive up standards in schools.

"They provide high-quality technical education for young people that choose to follow a more practically orientated education.

"I am therefore delighted that the Burton and South Derbyshire university technical college will open in September 2015 bringing new opportunities for children in the area."

Built as an extension to the historic town hall in the 1930s, the annexe has remained empty since 2011 when East Staffordshire Borough Council relocated to The Maltsters, in Wetmore Road.

BAM Construction Ltd applied to create 3,310m2 of new building, with the backing of a raft of sponsors such as Burton and South Derbyshire College, Coventry University, Nestle, Royal Derby Hospital, The Football Association at St George's Park and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The project is funded through the centrally managed Education Funding Agency (EFA).

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  • doug840  |  August 25 2014, 12:40PM

    The new college at the Town Hall will create chaos in the surrounding area with the parking. When this was being did the council consult with the residents or do their usual trick and just push it through. When there is an event at the Town Hall the local streets are packed to the brim and the local residents cannot park. Are the council going to enforce the use of their car park or say its nothing to do with us. Instead of ESDC doing what they think is best for them and getting a part of the Town Hall in use and probably getting an income from, how about they actually think of the people they are supposed to represent just for once, crazy idea I know.

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