Axe falls on Bexley adult education college jobs

PUBLISHED: 10:31 11 November 2011

The classes held at the site will be relocated in January

The classes held at the site will be relocated in January


Staff at Adult Education College Bexley face redundancy as one of its sites closes.

In January courses run from Crayford Manor House, Mayplace Road East, Crayford, will be moved to the two other sites in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath and Alma Road, Sidcup, to save more than £200,000 a year in running costs.

The building is currently used for 25 classes, which take place on one full day per week and four evenings, out of the 1,000 courses that the college runs in total.

Senior management roles have been reduced with the principal bringing forward his planned retirement.

A college spokesman said: “As part of the scrutiny of its premises, the college has taken the decision to relocate the courses it currently runs from Crayford Manor House to its other two sites.

“It is inevitable that some redundancies will be necessary in the future at the college as the service delivery is restructured to align expenditure with government grant funding.

“It is hoped this can be kept to a minimum. Staff have been and will continue to be consulted and briefed during this process.

“There may be more changes to come including changes to fees to bring the service in line with government directives, but the college is a valuable asset to the community and we are determined to ensure its viability into the future.”

Bexley Council owns the site and have not yet made any decisions about its future use.

Cabinet member for economic development and regeneration, Cllr Linda Bailey, said: “The college reduced the number of courses held at Crayford earlier this year following a review of its costs and refurbishment requirements of the building.

Unfortunately Manor House is not suitable for disabled access and is expensive to run. In these difficult financial times we understand that the college must do what it can, within the resources available, to maintain the best possible service.”

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