Cowes college public meeting tonight

By a County Press reporter

Monday, April 28, 2014


COWES Enterprise College is to host tonight's public meeting about the fiasco surrounding its own construction.

On Friday it was announced it will take almost £9 million to put the building right after it was beset by problems, including repeated delays,shoddy construction and poor project management at the Isle of Wight school,

Tonight's meeting will ask serious questions about the costly project and will be chaired by County Press editor Alan Marriott, who has repeatedly asked for answers after being denied access to information, even through a Freedom of Information request to the Information Commissioners.

The meeting will be addressed by Richard Priest, IW Council executive member for education, and by a senior member of the Hampshire County Council team now running Island education.

The meeting will then go into a public forum.

The event starts at 6pm prompt and all are welcome.

There is no parking available at the school but there is on-street car parking nearby and Northwood House car park is a short walk away.

People are asked to arrive early and the doors will be open from 5.15pm.


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by Mark Hitchman

29th April 2014, at 15:39:30

It's there now! Thanks CP

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by Mark Hitchman

29th April 2014, at 13:03:17

imilar comments from onthewight about CP's non response. There is an article on onthewight, but the CP should really do one as Alan Marriott chaired it, so someone must have been taking notes.

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by D Gorman

29th April 2014, at 12:14:14

CP is keeping uncharacteristically quiet about the outcome of this, was the meeting cancelled or have they not got the ok from County Hall to print something?

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by Colin Russell

28th April 2014, at 19:14:24

Paul, that is why i can not understand why the Police have not been called in to see if an alledged fraud has been commited.

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by Dave Dawson

28th April 2014, at 14:16:56

Good luck Mr.Marriott trying to get to the truth as you are dealing with ineptitude of enormous proportions. This applies to both the last and present administrations.

The only way to get to the real truth is by finding a whistle blower who has all the facts documented. I am sure one or more persons would fit this category, you just need to convince them.

If you manage to find a whistle blower do not be surprised by the answers as the implications will be far and wide.

Good Luck

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by Mark Jones

28th April 2014, at 12:56:41

Fully agree Colin, let's not have a lot of 'it was the previous administration's fault' answers! Who was responsible is of course hugely important, as is how it is going to be put right.

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by Colin Russell

28th April 2014, at 12:31:36

INow is the chance tonight for the people on the stage to stand up a tell with integrity the truth, i do not want to read about a whitewash, its not about not wanting to stab ex Cllr,s and workers in the back, its about how this lash up started with the contracts and the money that was paid to who and when.
And as Mr Blackford say,s somebody with contractual and criminal law is there.
And if needs be tuesday morning call the police in because before this meeting there is a lot of money involved and it needs to be accounted for every penny.
Anyway we will see who spoke with integrity and who just sat there squirming wishing they were some where else.

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by David Blackford

28th April 2014, at 07:24:15

I sincerely hope that people with proper knowledge of contractual law attend and also of criminal law - should that apply

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