College has vital role

ON PAGE 4 of the Observer (April 26) you report the news the delayed development at Chichester College is to go ahead.

This is very exciting for a number of reasons and Julie Sleeman, her staff and students are to be congratulated for their perseverance.

The accommodation is not well suited to its current use and of course the new buildings will provide facilities which will extend the capabilities of the college from its present good standards.

The building work will generate jobs and it would be fantastic if some of the young people in the Chichester area, seeking work could be offered apprenticeships through the build process.

As your article reports, with co-operation between builder and college the students presently being educated on the campus have much to learn throughout the development.

There will of course be short-term disruption and for some the loss of parking spaces will be a challenge. However the real beneficiaries are the future generation of students at the College.

Chichester College plays a vital role in educating young people in vocational skills across Chichester District, for each of these young people an improved learning environment increases their prospects of moving on from the college to further education or employment.

For this reason we should all be celebrating.

Ian Chisnall

Prospective Independent Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex