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Council support for closure threatened Newton Rigg

Eden District Council is supporting efforts to save Newton Rigg after Askham Bryan College announced its intention to close the campus in July 2021.

The College’s governing body has decided to propose the closure of Newton Rigg after considering the findings of a Further Education Commissioner review of educational provision at the campus and in the wider area.

The closure proposal is subject to the outcome of a 45-day consultation process with 117 staff (79 full time equivalent roles) and trade unions.

Councillor Virginia Taylor, Leader of Eden District Council, commenting on the proposed closure, said: “Eden District Council is saddened to hear about Askham Bryan’s decision to close the Newton Rigg campus in 2021. This decision will have come as a crushing disappointment to students and staff as well as those of us in Eden and the wider Cumbrian community.

"The Council is totally committed to working with partners throughout the county to develop a Cumbrian solution which can reflect the needs of future skills needed in agriculture and land-based technologies and explore higher-skilled jobs in emerging new technologies."