Stuart McMillan MSP has raised the issue, with the Scottish Government, as to what support it is providing to colleges in West Scotland to improve the fabric of their buildings.
Mr McMillan specifically asked whether the Scottish Government will consider any proposals from West College Scotland regarding the fabric of its building in the next spending review period.
Mr McMillan previously wrote to West College Scotland, Riverside Inverclyde, Inverclyde Council, Clydeport and the Scottish Funding Council to ask for a Feasibility Study on a new campus for the then named James Watt College within Inverclyde.
The Cabinet Secretary for Education responded by saying, “The Scottish funding council has, indeed, been in discussion with West College Scotland and has recently provided £70,000 to help it to develop a business case outlining options for the Greenock campus.”
Mr McMillan said:
“I am pleased to learn from the Scottish Government that funding of £70k has been provided to help undertake a business case outlining options for the Greenock campus.
“Alongside this, the Scottish Government has invested £26.6 million of capital funding to the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council to support infrastructure investment across the sector.
“The issue of the fabric of the building at the Greenock campus of West College Scotland is something I have raised in the past, with the Scottish Government and I also called for a feasibility study to be undertaken to determine whether an alternative location can be sought for the campus at Inverclyde.
“As I previously highlighted, the question of the condition of the building in the years to come needs to posed, as its vital we do not leave any future infrastructure works to the last minute.
“Therefore, I am aware that the Scottish funding council has held discussions with West College Scotland regarding options for its Greenock campus and it is developing a 10 year strategy that will form the basis of discussions with the Scottish Government during the 2016 spending review.”
Question from Stuart McMillan MSP to Education Secretary – http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28862.aspx?r=9751#.VMobp6KGFjQ