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Extension of public consultation on UTC
THE period for public consultation over the new South Wiltshire University Technical College (UTC) has been extended until the end of September.
The three-week extension follows Thursday’s announcement that the opening date for the UTC has been put back a year to September 2015.
The new school, which will recruit students from across South Wiltshire, West Hampshire, North East Dorset and Southampton, was due to open next September in a building which is currently the home of Salisbury Police Station.
But Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Patrick Geenty took the decision to delay the opening saying he was not satisfied with police relocation plans and that more time was needed to ensure “robust” plans were in place for future police services in the area.
UTC project manager Gordon Aitken said: “The public consultation is an important stage for all new schools and allows local residents to express their views and help shape the new institution.
“We have already had around 150 responses, which is great, but we want as many local people as possible to take part and the delayed opening allows time to extend the survey period.
“In particular we would love to hear from more potential students. Now that we have had to delay the opening until 2015 it is more important than ever that we get a really strong consultation response to show the Government that public support for the project is undiminished.”
The UTC has set up a special page on its website with detailed information about its education vision, working day, curriculum offer, proposed location and admission arrangements. A link from the page goes to a short survey where local residents can have their say on questions ranging from the overall plan to what foreign languages should be taught.
To take part in the consultation can visit www.wiltshire-utc.co.uk/public-consultation
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