Views needed on how to plug Chatteris learning gap

Chatteris town sign ANL-150322-161320009
Chatteris town sign ANL-150322-161320009

A Fenland town’s lack of adult learning provision looks set to be plugged – and views are being sought on what residents would like to see offered.

For years, Chatteris has been unable to offer hardly any Cambridgeshire County Council-funded adult courses – while courses at nearby Abbey College in Ramsey and Witchford Village College have continued to thrive.

But now, following a working group meeting between town and county council representatives, it has been announced that funding for courses in Chatteris has been made available.

Christine Colbert, chairman of the town council’s leisure and general purposes committee, said: “The council became increasingly concerned about the situation and has recently been pressing the county council to finally get to grips with, and address, the problem.

“I’m very pleased to say that at long last we can see some light at the end of the tunnel.”

The meeting last week was organised by Jane Norman, the county council’s adult guidance manager, and a wide range of possible subjects to offer in Chatteris, as well as Manea, Wimblington, Doddington and Benwick, were discussed. They included cookery, crafts, English, computer skills, creative writing, DIY and cycle maintenance.

Local residents will now be asked what kinds of courses they would like to see introduced, before a learning programme is put into place.

Local group and resident surveys are planned, and it has been proposed that the working group will have a stand and information available at the Chatteris Festival in June.

Suggestions for adult courses can be emailed to the town council at: chatteriscouncil@btconnect.com