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Previous council funding promise for Helston College a 'cruel hoax' says MP
6:00am Wednesday 7th August 2013 in News
MP Andrew George has called upon the support of the Schools Minister to address the “cruel hoax” played on Helston Community College over its promised rebuild.
He said he wrote to MP David Laws asking for his “advice and support” as soon as heard about Cornwall Council not yet being able to find the £10 million agreed in principle a year ago, to fund the replacement of the college’s dilapidated C-block.
Mr George, a former student of the school, said: “This is a most serious situation, which the college has had to endure for far too long.”
In an email to councillor John Martin, the town council’s representative for the college, Mr George said that when the motion was “forced through” the cabinet a year ago those responsible should have “come clean” and said Cornwall Council did not have the money.
“Now the new council has checked the books only to find that the previous council and its Tory leader had committed a cruel hoax on a college; a college that had needed genuine support, not to be used as a political football,” said Mr George.
He added that Councillor Andrew Wallis, who took over the portfolio for children and young people in May, had “behaved honourably” over the matter, describing his actions as “absolutely correct” at being honest with the college.
Mr George said he would be meeting with Helston College head teacher Dr Pat McGovern to discuss the situation and also opened discussions with County Hall.