Like the Marple campuses (campi?), the Cheadle campus of camsfc was originally housed in former school buildings. In the 1990s, one of them was found to be structurally unsafe, due to decaying reinforced concrete. It was therefore demolished, and replaced with a nice new building which opened about ten years ago. That's all. No hidden agendas, mismanagement or conspiracies - boring isn't it
But now we are in a position that to modernise the Marple site there is no straightforward 'replace with a nice new building'. Despite a merger supposedly making financial sense, the Marple site has to lose the main functioning arm of the college in this area in order to raise the capital to rebuild completely. Wilst this is clearly not 'mismanagement', it's safe to say that as a result of a merger supposedly offering improved conditions to a good student population in Marple, the wider community will now suffer.
Dave I know you're one of the few to have spoken against it, and respect your opinions, but we are told tonight that the site is very large, at 9 acres, and that from Marple In Action it is looking like the site will be sold to a big retailer, following the meeting with the College today.
Whatever way you look at it, the College's requirement for funds has not been aided by this merger, and the sale of the site to raise capital may longer terms have a negative effect. If the proposed academy status is granted to Marple Hall and they start providing sixth form, reduced operations on the Marple campus could spell a move of a lot of services to Cheadle.
Looking at Tameside College as a case in point, the merger there with Hyde Clarendon and Ashton sites has had a massive impact on the Hyde centre. It was a well established provider of A levels, merged with a slightly more affluent neighbour, and then sold land off to Greater Manchester Police to raise funds. Now it's a fraction of the provider it was, and Ashton booms. Obviously this is a side issue. You are obviously pro supermarket. I disagree strongly with your summation that it will be sufficiently small to have a positive effect on traffic, and disagree that everything is hunky dory with the way the finances have been handled after the merger.