A MAMMOTH petition is gathering pace to block the merger plans.
Letters have been issued to thousands of former students in the borough claiming the sixth form college is in 'great danger' of being taken over by Halton College and its assets stripped with the 'likely' sale of the Cronton Lane site to make way for a new super college.
Rumours circulating the town from former students and teachers at the Cronton Lane site claim one reason behind the amalgamation is the land in the affluent area could be sold for housing.
The letter claims college governors voted in favour of the move against the wishes of staff, students and parents, after lobbying from the LSC.
Protesters allege Halton Borough Council's 'need' to replace the 'worn out' further education college on King-sway is the real reason behind the merger.
It is also claimed a takeover will allow the FE college to pay its 30% share of the cost of a new building by eventually selling off the Cronton Lane site.
The letter states: 'Political and economical expediency have driven this outrageous proposal.
'The fact that the college (Widnes & Runcorn Sixth Form College) has been without a principal since the summer has meant that the LSC and the local authority (through governors associated with them) have acted in a predatory manner.
'The teacher unions admit that they have been outmanoeuvred.'
One former pupil said: 'The petition is really gathering momentum.
'A lot of people I know who used to go the college have all had letters about the merger.
'From speaking to current pupils at the college's Cronton site, they are not very keen on moving into Widnes.
'There are also rumblings about the prospect of more houses and that could well happen as we already have apartments there and a housing estate nearby.'