THE closure of Staffordshire Universities Beaconside Campus is a ‘devastating’ decision which will have ‘huge’ economic impacts for Stafford, says the leader of the town’s Labour group.
Stafford Borough Council Jack Kemp said: “The presence of the university's world class IT Department has brought prestige to the town and was a significant factor in the development of the Technology Park which was championed by the Labour Group when they controlled Stafford Borough Council.
“The Technology Park has encouraged well qualified students to stay in Stafford and to develop businesses and I don't underestimate the influence that the many foreign students who study here can have in recognising this town's opportunities for economic investment and promoting them when they return home,” he said.
“Students' spending on housing, food and entertainment is significant to the town's economy and the loss will be felt by supermarkets and landlords as well as clubs and pubs.”
“Local schools and their pupils have benefitted from the links they have been able to develop with a university on their doorstep.”
Councillor Kemp said it would be a ‘sad day’ for the people of the county town if it becomes known as 'the town that lost its university'.