Traffic fears hold up plan for new Cumbrian college
Published at 11:51, Monday, 12 August 2013
The transport secretary has put temporary brakes on plans for a new £10 million college in Workington over fears about traffic levels.
Plans for the University Technical College, due to be built on land next to the Energus building, at Lillyhall, were submitted to the council last month and funding agreed.
Work is due to start on the college in October ahead of its opening in September next year, with up to 500 students due to study there by 2018.
The Highways Agency, on behalf of the Transport secretary, has written to Allerdale Council asking that permission not be given until he has received more information from developers about traffic levels.
Assistant asset manager Lindsay Alder said they were waiting for more information about whether the college would generate traffic “incompatible” with the A595 and link roads.
“The Secretary of State awaits further information to form a view as to whether the proposed development would generate traffic to an extent that would be incompatible with the use of the affected trunk roads – ie A595 – and link junctions,” she said.
The Agency has asked that no decision be taken until later this month. The request is unlikely to affect the planning process as a council spokeswoman said the plans were not likely to be debated by the council until September 24 at the earliest. She said they may be delayed until October 15.
The contract between the Department of Education and sponsors was signed last month, meaning that plans for the state-of-the-art college specialising in energy, engineering and construction will go ahead.
Eric Wright Construction will build the new education facility on land next to the Energus building, off Blackwood Road.
Work will start on the site in October in time for the centre’s opening in September next year.
Around 140 West Cumbrian students, aged 14 to 19, will make up the first intake next year.
The plans will see a 35,000 square feet development over two floors with outdoor space and sports pitches.
Rob Rimmer, director of Britain’s Energy Coast Campus, who is leading the project, said the centre would offer technical and academic education for students interested in energy, engineering and construction.
He said: “The technical college’s aim is to offer energy-related education designed specifically for and by local industry companies.
“The students will spend 40 per cent of their time in workshops learning relevant skills consistent to the industry.
The technical college is one of 45 that have already been built or are planned in the UK.
Students will study there from 8.30am to 5.30pm in an environment designed to reflect a workplace.
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whats wrong with the college thats already up there? doesnt it make sense to expand on that one to incude this, if its needed?
There are no dangerous roads, just dangerous drivers using them.
No road is dangerous left to its own devices.
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