Peace talks floated to solve UTC crisis

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TALKS are set to take place to try and save Daventry’s university technical college (UTC) bid.

Two weeks ago Chris Heaton-Harris MP and Steve Davies, principal of Moulton College, warned the UTC bid was under serious threat due to the Friends of Daventry Open Spaces (FODOS) applying for village green status for the college site and Eastern Way field.

If granted it could prevent development there.

Now FODOS has requested a meeting with the MP and principal to try and find a solution that would satisfy everyone.

The letter sent by FODOS states: “The Friends of Daventry Open Spaces is equally concerned that the planned university technical college be located in Daventry.

“We welcome your initiative, and proposal, and would be pleased to arrange an informal meeting to explore all avenues in reaching common objectives.”

Speaking to the Daventry Express Mike Fletcher, from FODOS, said: “At the moment we’re trying to get a meeting set up. Exactly what we will be discussing I can’t say yet.”

Mr Heaton-Harris, who warned the UTC bid might be ‘scuppered’ in a few months by FODOS, has since made moves to get a meeting set up.

Also announced with week was a public inquiry into the village green application. It will be held at County Hall in Northampton from Tuesday, March 27, for four days.

This Monday Northamptonshire County Council will discuss giving permission to officers to tender building work and the land transfer.

Details released by NCC for its discussion show the proposed build on the higher half of the old pitch and putt site, off Ashby Road, close to the Phoenix and Community centres.