It’s time to cap the num­ber of stu­dents

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS -

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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