Bird College moves closer to securing Bexley future

PUBLISHED: 15:24 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:15 19 April 2013

The future of a 67-year-old Sidcup dance college in Bexley was secured last night.

The management of Bird College, which has sites in and around Sidcup, had considered moving it out of the borough but Bexley councillors voted to keep it in the area at a meeting last night.

Bird College will take on Bexley Adult Education College’s Alma Road base, bringing together students and classes that currently take place in a number of places across the borough.

In turn the adult education college will have new sites opened in Erith High Street and Sidcup High Street.

Shirley Coen, principal and chief executive of the college, said: “Bird College and its community are delighted that discussions are taking us closer to achieving our ambition of a one site facility while at the same time remaining in Sidcup, which is our home.

“We have always found it an attractive place for our students to come and learn. It’s a safe and welcoming town as well as being close to West End theatres.

“I am immensely proud of our college and its work and of our place at the heart of Sidcup.”

All developments from the planning meeting was subject to a full council decision on Wednesday (April 24) and full planning consent.

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