Council’s integration solution ‘sticking plaster’

    Problems with segregated communities cannot be cured by new schools, a leading cleric said on Wendesday. Blackburn Cathedral’s Canon Chris Chivers described the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme, which will see a major shake-up of secondary education in Blackburn and Darwen, as a “band-aid” for other, deeper social problems. But Muslim leaders in Lancashire have defended the council, saying that it is working hard to promote cohesion. Blackburn with Darwen Council this week revealed finalised BSF plans which will see three new super-schools created – Witton Park and Pleckgate High Schools will be completely rebuilt on site, and a new East Lancashire Community College will replace Blakewater College.

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