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College sale to kick off protest in Brixton

FOR SALE: Lambeth College

ANGRY BRIXTON residents will protest in Windrush Square tomorrow (May 1) over the sale of an A-Level college.

The demonstration against plans to sell the Lambeth College, which was established in the 1960s, and open a “Catholic ethos” free school on the site, will be followed by a march down to Karibu Centre on Gresham Road, at 6pm, where UCU and Unison will hold a solidarity strike rally.

According to reports, the College will be slashed by 70 per cent retaining a small on site capacity.

Campaigners are concerned that the sale of the institution, which they say is always oversubscribed, will lead to it being “run down”.

Community campaigner Lee Jasper said: “Whilst in the midst of the economic crisis, the need for a local further education college in Brixton is greater today than at any point in its history.

“The current college building on the Brixton site was established in the 1960s – to serve the local multicultural population. Statistical evidence shows that black people are more likely to be unemployed than other ethnic groups in the borough – with up to 70 per cent of young black men unemployed.”

He added: “The benefits cap and the cost of living are particularly impacting on many local residents. People need a high quality further education establishment where they can enhance their qualifications and build on their skills.”

A tweet about the protest urged people to “bring the noise drums, whistles , tin cans , horns and most of all you!”

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