Junior school were against new scheme

I ATTENDED the meeting in Southbourne Village Hall, regarding the learning village at the Bourne Campus. The article in last week’s paper was fair and balanced and did indicate the strong feeling against the proposal.

However, it should be noted Southbourne Junior School governing board voted not to be part of the scheme. The parish council voted not to support the learning village, but did vote to continue supporting the wonderful work the Bourne College do in educational terms.

Since this scheme was first discussed, I did alert the Bourne Trust that there was a major uproar against. I understand 8,000 leaflets were sent out at a cost of £1,000 – the report indicates 71 were returned... could the money have been better spent? I did enquire as to who would independently oversee the responses and was informed the trust would do this.

While I fully accept the integrity of the board, I do not see where the transparency is, and all answers included. I have only met three people for this scheme as opposed to hundreds against.

Perhaps the next plan will be discussed at a much earlier stage, and the concerns of the people it impacts upon, be listened to.

Bob Hayes

District and parish councillor