LIVERPOOL taxpayers spent £284,000 last year subsidising an adult educational college on the Wirral peninsula that taught just 158 city adult students.
The total council funded deficit to keep Burton Manor open now stands at £1.4m – the result of years of racked-up losses.
The grandiose Grade II listed building, which offers residential courses to adults, faces an uncertain future.
Liverpool councillors have told the college to prepare to cut this year’s subsidy of at least £185,000 by between 25% and 40% – in line with the Government’s spending review.
Deputy council leader Paul Brant said expenditure on the venue near Neston was now under review.
Head of college governors Cllr Nick Small refused to be drawn on the future of the college, but said he was very concerned.
Closing Burton Manor has been repeatedly suggested by council officials each year as the local authority goes through the budget setting process.