James Brokenshire has said the opening of the new Learning Centre in Sidcup will help strengthen the High Street and make adult education more accessible. James joined Bexley Council Leader Teresa O’Neill on Saturday who opened the new centre which will see the transfer of courses from the Alma Road Adult Education College to Sidcup High Street.
The new facility forms part of transformation plan for the college which is extending its traditional range of adult education courses to a wider range of skills based and vocational courses for individuals and businesses. Bird College will take over the current adult education site in Alma Road, Sidcup bringing together students and classes that currently take place in a number of different properties across the borough.
The opening of the Learning Centre Bexley forms another key part in the redevelopment of Sidcup High Street which is due to be completed by the end of this month. Sidcup has seen the benefit of a £1.6 million investment from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund with modern new shop fronts for local businesses, pavements widened and repaved and improvements to the physical layout and look of the High Street. Sidcup was featured on BBC London earlier in the week highlighting the positive changes which have been made.
Commenting James said:
“I’ve been a keen supporter of our local high streets and the investment we’ve seen in Sidcup has really enhanced the outlook for local shops and businesses. The opening of the new Learning Centre will help strengthen this plan and help draw more people back onto the High Street.
“The Learning Centre Bexley is a really great new facility making courses more accessible. I hope people will pop into the new centre for details of the broad range of courses available and that it will encourage more people to gain new skills and enjoy learning at whatever age.”
For further details on courses at the Learning Centre Bexley see www.tlcbexley.ac.uk