North Norfolk Labour Party lists five demands in merger of City College Norwich and Paston Sixth Form College in North Walsham

Paston Sixth Form College, North Walsham.
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Paston Sixth Form College, North Walsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Campaigners have called for five demands to be met if a proposed merger of two Norwich and North Walsham colleges goes ahead.

City College Norwich. Picture: Keith Whitmore

City College Norwich. Picture: Keith Whitmore - Credit: Keith Whitmore

City College Norwich (CCN) and Paston Sixth Form College (PSFC) announced plans for a merger in May, launching a consultation soon after.

The colleges say the partnership will offer more financial security and students living in north Norfolk a greater choice of courses.

But amid worries over the details, the North Norfolk Labour Party has set out five demands it wants CCN to fulfil to ensure the merger does not become a 'take over'.

MORE: Proposal for merger between Norwich and North Walsham Colleges announcedIts first request is that jobs and salaries are protected, or alternative employment found if staff are made redundant, and that current pay and conditions for PSFC staff are maintained.


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Though the colleges were not able to confirm if redundancies were planned, they have previously said staffing levels may be considered.

Stephen Burke, chairman of the party group, said: 'The proposed merger raises big issues for young people, families, staff, the town of North Walsham and the wider community.

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'We want guarantees about protecting jobs and terms and conditions, securing the future of the North Walsham sites, and maximising the choices available to young people... We want the proposed merger to build on Paston College's history for everyone's benefit in the future.'

Kevin Grieve, principal of Paston College, North Walsham.
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Kevin Grieve, principal of Paston College, North Walsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The group has also asked CCN to publish an estimated cost of the merger, guarantee PSFC's Lawns site will not be sold and provide wider protection to the future of historic PSFC, which was founded in 1606.

MORE: Have your say on proposal for Paston Sixth Form College and City College NorwichA spokesperson for CCN said the colleges welcomed all responses and that more than 130 had been received before the consultation closed in July.

They said: 'The proposal for a merger between the two institutions, and the confirmed plans that will result from it, are still in the early stages.

'All points raised in the consultation, including the concerns highlighted by the North Norfolk Labour Party, will be taken in to consideration before any details are confirmed. The final decision on whether the merger will go ahead will rest with the governors of both institutions.'

A summary of the responses will be published by September 23.

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