Kilburn six line up against the closure of Kilburn’s college

All six Kilburn councillors were dismayed to read the front page news on the Kilburn Times of 4 Nov that the College of North West London has decided to sell off the new, award-winning Kilburn campus on Priory Park Road.

This is a huge issue for local people in both Brent and Camden; losing this valuable piece of our local economic infrastructure would be damaging at any time; in this period of fragile growth, our residents and businesses a college where local people can improve their skills and employability.

We’re writing to CNWL to ask them to reconsider their decision; and we’ve written to the Times to make our position clear. In case they don’t have room for it on their letters page, here it is:

Dear Sir

We are writing to express our dismay and disappointment at the decision of the College of North West London’s decision to sell of the Kilburn campus on Priory Park Road (End of road for campus, Kilburn Times, 4 Nov 2010).

And now the Con-Dem coalition government has cut back adult and further education funding on an unprecedented scale, the future for education and training provided in Kilburn looks bleak.

This cynical and ill-judged decision, coming just three months after courses there were suspended for a year, will be hugely disappointing to the students who were learning there and damaging to the local community.

After all, this is an award-winning building and CNWL were happy to take the plaudits of the Mayor of London when it was first launched, just three years ago. 

Keeping the sites at Wembley and Willesden may make sense for the College, but it certainly doesn’t make sense for Kilburn.  Local people, especially our youngsters, from both sides of the High Road, need a college to equip them with the skills and knowledge to make the most of our challenging economic times.  As a business and commercial centre, Kilburn and the wider NW6 area certainly needs a local FE institution as an essential piece of the local economic infrastructure.

As the local councillors for Kilburn, we will press the College to reconsider its decision, and we will also fight to make sure that this building continues to be used as a valuable resource for the community.

 

Cllr Mary Arnold, Cllr Ben Ogunro, Cllr Tayo Oladapo (Lab, Kilburn – Brent)

Cllr Maryam Eslamdoust, Cllr Thomas Gardiner, Cllr Mike Katz (Lab, Kilburn – Camden)

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