Monks’ Dyke: Ray of hope for at-risk college?

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The Principal of Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College in Mablethorpe has offered a ray of hope to campaigners hoping to stave off the threat of closure.

Mike Eyre says he would “love to find a solution” to help secure the future of the college in the town.

News that the Mablethorpe campus could close has sent shock waves through the coastal community.

A steering group has been set up in an attempt to persuade education bosses to think again.

Mr Eyre said: “I would absolutely love to find a solution for the Mablethorpe site not to close.

“I am in support of anything or anyone who comes forward to present this solution - I want to work with them.

“All of the opinions and comments we are receiving from everyone will be taken into account.”

Mr Eyre’s comments come as Lincolnshire County Council prepares to launch a public consultation into the college’s future.

Details of the possible closure emerged last month and the steering group is already making an impact.

Group member Chris Flanagan, who was the headteacher of Sutton on Sea Primary School for 16 years, said: “We are moving forward with a positive attitude and outlook for the future,

“We are currently in the process of actively going through lines of enquiry 
to draft up a set of brand new ideas, not listed by the local authority, that would keep the Mablethorpe site open and as a result would provide a sustainable future for secondary education in the area.

“We are hoping these ideas will be seriously considered, as education on the coast is vital and we cannot let this site close.”

East Lindsey District Councillor Tony Howard said he was backing the group and accused the County Council of not doing enough to keep 
the site open.

He said: “I thoroughly support all of the work that is going on by the steering group - I am right in the thick of it.

“I believe Lincolnshire County Council has not thoroughly investigated every opportunity to keep the site open and I intend to talk to key figures over the next few days.

“But the key message remains - the importance of education, and the effect the withdrawal of it would have on the area in its entirety.”

News of the potential closure sparked angry protests from residents while it is claimed if the college does shut down, it could lead to Mablethorpe being classed as a village and not a town when it comes to planning matters.

The Leader understands college staff have held meetings with parents in order for them to express their views and ideas.

Two further open meetings for everyone with an interest to attend will be taking place at the Mablethorpe site on September 16 - and the following evening in Louth. Both meetings will begin at 6pm.

Governors of the college are set to meet again on October 7 to consider the views expressed - and make a decision on whether to continue with the formal process of proposing closure of the site.

The steering group in Mablethorpe has set up a new website. To find out more, visit: www.tennysonlives.org.uk.