It’s time to cap the number of students
I AM driven to write to you on two subjects that have caught my attention recently with regard to my town of Loughborough and I claim the right to speak as a long standing resident and from an eighth generation Loughborough family.
The first is that carbuncle on the backside of the town they call Loughborough University, in particular because the latest beginnings of a new magic triangle (that’s local estate agents jargon for a student ghetto) is dangerously close to where I live.
The answer is not this one incident but a more general approach to the problem, the university needs to be capped.
Loughborough is a town not a city, it cannot cope with a university which continues to grow out of proportion.
Take the number of student intake this year and reduce it by 10 per cent and cap it.
No more uncontrolled expansion, no more unnecessary building, no more Epinal Way traffic jams, no more magic triangles, no more smothering the Loughborough community out of existence, let the town return to a degree of normality.
It is our own fault I suppose we should never have let them turn Loughborough College into a university but when did the people of Loughborough ever have a proper say in the affairs of the town, which brings me nicely to the second subject,
The second subject has to be the Charnwood Borough Council, it operates in its own sweet way but has it ever been truly representative of the town itself, I don’t think so.
It works well for the surrounding villages, you can’t blame the village councillors for that, it’s what they were elected for but when the issues concern Loughborough they seem to vote whatever way the unelected officers advise them to, whether or not it is best for the town.
We have put up with the CBC for a long time, basically because there has never been any alternative but now there is.
The idea that the CBC is absorbed by the Leicestershire County Council is being talked about, will it make any difference, who knows but there is in there something that would make a difference to Loughborough.
In amongst this proposal is the long sought after idea that Loughborough should have its own town council, elected representatives whose concern is not clouded by this sprawling area known as Charnwood but to concern themselves with the affairs of the town. Much the same as the surrounding villages have their parish councils and they do a splendid job for their villages.
This is surely an opportunity to good to miss, never mind what the man from Derbyshire says, getting bogged down in the details, let’s go for it.
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