LAND close to St Michael's Golf Course is being earmarked as a possible site for the construction of Halton's new 'super college'.
Campaigners fighting the merger between Widnes and Runcorn Sixth Form College and Halton College claim the site has been selected for development because of its transport links rather than strictly educational benefits.
Mark Wasenczuk, a former teacher of 30 years at Widnes and Run-corn Sixth Form's Cronton campus who is spearheading the campaign, said: 'I believe land close to St Michael's is being looked at for development as it has good links from the motorways and the Runcorn-Widnes Bridge.
'A lot of students travel to college in Widnes from Speke, Huyton and Liverpool, and therefore the site would be easy for students to get there.'
Mr Wasenczuk claims another reason behind the merger is the development prospects at the Cronton Lane site which could be sold for housing.
He is hoping his campaign will scupper the proposed amalgamation.
He added: 'The petition is really gathering pace. The reason it is gaining momentum now is because the majority of students in Widnes simply did not know about the plans.
'In fact students at Widnes Sixth Form College were being kept totally in the dark.
'From what I can see there are no educational reasons behind this merger and I am getting some really positive feedback from past students and staff who want to keep Widnes Sixth Form College alive.'
When the new building becomes available the Cronton Lane site will become surplus to requirements.
'The site is a prime site for homes. Which local developer is waiting in the wings with the right purchase price in order to help fund the new building?
'The intentions are very doubtful. It is just down to expediency and economic reasons.