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Colleges review ‘disappointing’

Colleges review ‘disappointing’

Mayor John Leggett says he was disappointed to hear that the co-location of Marlborough Boys’ and Girls’ colleges has been put on hold by the Ministry of Education.

“Apparently all of the options are now back on the table, but we have lost three years while this has not progressed, which is a real shame.”

“There is no doubt at all that we need this investment in our secondary education facilities and that Marlborough deserves it. As everyone knows, some of our college buildings and facilities are well past their best.”

“I sympathise with the parents and the colleges over this. We had all hoped a solution was around the corner.”

“Council staff did assist Ministry of Education officials along the way as they looked at a number of sites around Blenheim. We advised them on what infrastructure each site would require, as well as land and property advice.”

“I will be raising this matter with Education Minister the Hon Chris Hipkins in the near future. My hope is we can move this forward again – after all we are talking about our children, the future of Marlborough.”

“Council will again offer its resources and expertise to the Ministry. We could play a more strategic planning role in the Ministry’s future discussions and proposals.

“Council is well placed to advise on property options in Marlborough and I’m confident we have value to add.”

ENDS

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