The debate over what happens to Wye College continues to preoccupy the parish council and the village. (For background see here.)
In particular the village is concerned about what happens to the oldest college buildings which are situated closest to the heart of the village and which have the greatest historical significance (part of it Tudor, part Edwardian).
Up until recently, the hope had been that these buildings would have been used by a new Free School – a secondary school catering for all abilities.
But now the Department of Education and United Learning Trust – the organisation fronting the Free School bid – are saying that the Free School should use more modern buildings (the Kempe Centre) based further away from the village heart.
This has caused three members of the Free School Committee to resign and poses a severe threat to the whole bid – because it’s by no means certain that the village as a whole would support the school if it didn’t provide a use for the old buildings.
I’ve been thinking about this decision in terms of the three pillars of sustainability.. and I have to say it’s pretty complicated. So complicated in fact that I might have to draw a table… which may take some time.
Not only does one have to look at things from a social/cultural, economic and environmental standpoint – but one also has to look at it from the perspective of the people running the school and of the village. Not to mention central government and Imperial College. And Ashford Borough Council… And everyone’s approaching things from different angles.
Boy oh boy… this could take the whole weekend.