College pulls out of merger plan

COATBRIDGE College has decided to withdraw from a proposed merger with Motherwell and Cumbernauld Colleges just days after a consultation was launched.

Last month Motherwell and Cumbernauld proposed a merger to help maintain services in the face of severe budget cuts, and it seemed like Coatbridge after initial reluctance was now on board.

However, Motherwell and Cumbernauld have reluctantly accepted they must go it alone for now.

A spokesperson for the two colleges said: “The chairs of the boards of management of Cumbernauld College and Motherwell College are saddened and disappointed that the board of management of Coatbridge College has decided to withdraw from the proposal to merge the three colleges.

“Cumbernauld and Motherwell will still proceed with a two-way merger, as both are fully committed to working with all colleges within the Federation of Lanarkshire Colleges and the door will remain open for Coatbridge to be welcomed back into the merger.

“We are hopeful Coatbridge College will come back to the table and the three way merger can continue. We remain committed to the merger and believe it is in the best interests of the students, staff and local communities.”

The consultation runs until March 22 - To have your say visit the New College Lanarkshire website; write to FREEPOST RSCG-REAE-CYXS, Merger Consultation, 1 Enterprise Way, Motherwell ML1 2TX; or by e-mail