As if the people of North Kensington did not have enough to cope with, they are now having to fight to save their much loved Wornington College. There is a fierce and growing protest at the proposal to merge it with Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College.
Sadly, it appears to be one of those - 'let's solve a problem, with just one proposal that seems ok to us - and that is the box ticked'. According to local residents, there was little attempt to genuinely consult them.
An open email sent recently to the Governors of the college by Writer and Community Campaigner Annie Redmile, presented many reasons why they should 'think again'.
'I have personally spoken to quite a number of individuals who have enjoyed and valued their education at Wornington Colleg - and care passionately about it - and would hate a large and impersonal college - or being forced to move to one.
'There are very real question marks hanging over the financial history and stability of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College' Has sufficient attention been paid to those elements?
'There are questions that are being asked, and should be, about the management of Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) in recent years, under your watch. There is much information now in the public arena - and sadly it does not reassure.
'How can a larger college, out of Borough, with a history of shedding courses and students who do not have average pass rates, rather than staff development, be the best solution for the people of North Kensington?
'North Kensington, now more than ever, has very special educational needs. Those needs must address a multi-ethnic and traumatised community that has to have the best possible help and support for their general wellbeing and future employment prospects.
'North Kensington is the poorest area in Kensington and one of the poorest in the UK. It has many needs and this is a key one.'
And she concluded: 'It is suggested that there has been no real consultation or proper survey of the educational needs of the local community - or indeed a genuine consultation with the different community groups in North Kensington. It is a very real perception!
'Why are no other options being suggested. Surely it is the very least the people of North Kensington should expect?'