Stafford council chief’s fury over Staffordshire University campus move

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The leader of Stafford Borough Council has criticised Staffordshire University’s decision to move 3,000 students from its Stafford campus to Stoke-on-Trent.

The university’s board of governors met on on January 29 and decided to shut down its Beaconside campus by 2016.

The issue was discussed at a Stafford Borough Council meeting, where councillors claimed the university’s consultations with the local authority were a “sham.”

Council leader Mike Heenan said: “I am very angry with the university in the way it has been dealt with.

“We will do our best, we will fight, and the site must remain ideally for educational purposes.”

Stafford University students had launched a petition which already had more than 500 supporters and a further 1,000 people have liked a page on Facebook which was set up in support of saving Stafford campus.

Staffordshire University’s director of finance and infrastructure Mark Hattersley said: “I have been involved in personal meetings and the university has been engaged with the council for a number of months.

“This is by no means the end of the process for Stafford and we want to highlight the importance of keeping Stafford town centre a major focus.”

University chiefs have said that its students of nursing and midwifery will be staying at the Stafford campus and claim that the move makes “economic sense.”

A further meeting at Stafford Borough Council will discuss the move on Friday, February 7.

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