Focus on education

PUBLISHED: 16:02 03 August 2007 | UPDATED: 22:58 28 May 2010

AN improved education system has been heralded as part of the Fenland economic development framework, described by Councillor Alan Melton as a strategy for 20 years and beyond . A major issue in Fenland had always been low expectation in education, he to

AN improved education system has been heralded as part of the Fenland economic development framework, described by Councillor Alan Melton as "a strategy for 20 years and beyond".

A major issue in Fenland had always been low expectation in education, he told Fenland Councillors, but that was being addressed.

Never before had so much investment in Cambridgeshire's education been targeted outside the city of Cambridge, he said.

Councillor Shona Johnstone, the County Council leader, had fought to get investment for the north of the county and the commitment of £200million to build the College of West Anglia at March was "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

Fenland Council would work closely with its partners to generate employment opportunities.

"We will not turn away jobs and opportunities in Fenland," he said.

Councillor Mac Cotterell urged the council to recognise the needs of Fenland's villages.

Cllr Melton replied: "There is no settlement exempt from our ambitions.

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