AN INDEPENDENT education consultant has appealed to the residents of the borough, to take a keen interest in the proposed new academy which she says will be a vital asset for the area.
A series of public meetings have been launched by Dame Jocelyn Brown as part of an independent consultation giving residents an opportunity to have their say on the proposed new academy.
If given the go ahead, the academy will replace the existing Moorhead Sports College, in Queens Road West, Accrington, from September 2008.
It will provide 1,150 places for young people between the ages of 11 to 18, becoming the borough's only sixth form centre.
Dame Brown has launched the consultation to enable the local community to discuss how the academy should be developed.
She said: "I hope that parents, staff, residents and local businesses will take an interest in the proposed academy which has the potential to become a vital social and economic asset to Accrington, educating generations of young people.
"Through this consultation, I want to ensure that the whole community has a chance to say how it should be developed."
Along with construction of the new building, the existing Moorhead buildings will also be refurbished.
County councillor Alan Whittaker, vice chairman of the county council, said: "The academy will be a very valuable joint venture with the authority and other schools in the borough and this is a great chance for the community to have their say on how it will be shaped."
Planning issues relating to the new building are not part of this consultation and will be dealt with separately.
The general public are invited to a meeting on Thursday 30 October at Moorhead between 7pm and 8.30pm.