More adult education classes in community settings will be offered to Medway learners from September.

This follows the decision to close Green Street adult education centre. The decision was finalised by Medway Council’s Cabinet members at the meeting on 17 April.

The Green Street adult education centre is no longer considered fit for purpose due to its age, layout and general lack of facilities that are expected by today’s learners.

From the start of new academic year, arrangements have been made for classes to be held elsewhere throughout Gillingham and the wider Medway area.

Daytime classes for adults with learning disabilities will take place at the Sunlight Centre, while evening classes for those with learning difficulties will take place at Rainham School for Girls.

Training for people who work in the fitness industry will take place at Medway Park, and greater use will be made of Woodlands School community centre.

Evening classes that would have been at Green Street will be transferred to one of four other centres – Chatham Grammar School for Boys, Strood Academy, Hundred of Hoo and Rainham School for Girls.

All other classes will be located at the Rochester Centre.

Medway Council Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “The centre in Gillingham is no longer fit for purpose and requires a lot of work, which would be expensive to carry out and not the best use of public money.

“There are no plans to reduce the number of courses or adult learners that we currently have and there will still be an adult education provision in Gillingham. It’s a win-win situation as that key site in Gillingham will be available to kickstart regeneration of the area and adult education opportunities will be taken back into the community giving learners better quality services in better settings.

“Over the past three years many adult learning classes have been relocated to venues across Medway that are more suitable for the courses and easier for residents to get to and many staff already work across these different centres. These include secondary schools, children’s centres, leisure centres and healthy living centres. Lots of investment has been made in our schools and the three academies have a part to play in improving the future of adult learning.”

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