Homes could be built on former college site

September 07 2015

HOMES could be built on part of the former Soundwell College site, it has been revealed.

HOMES could be built on part of the former Soundwell College site, it has been revealed.
City of Bristol College, which shut the campus in July, announced that it is being put up for sale and
could be turned into a “care facility” or developed as “a mixture of residential and care”.
Politicians of all parties were highly critical of City of Bristol’s sudden decision to close Soundwell, which has been a college since the 1960s and saw a new block opened only a decade ago.
They expressed concerns that students would face difficult bus journeys to get to their courses, which have been switched to other campuses, and called for the site to become a centre of excellence for training carers.
City of Bristol said this week that most courses had been switched to Ashley Down or College Green, with a few students now attending the South Bristol Skills Academy in Hengrove. English classes for speakers of other languages will now be held at the Park Centre in Kingswood.
Students from the Soundwell area who are due to start college this September are being wooed by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College with the promise of a free bus.
Cliff Shaw, deputy principal of City of Bristol College, said: “There have been no job losses concerning the closure of the Soundwell centre and we are not closing any courses.
“Courses are being moved to better facilities at our other centres and staff are moving to these centres
“Alder King are acting on the college’s behalf regarding selling the site, a sales pack is being prepared and will be issued in the very near future.
“We will then hope to hear from interested parties to develop their ideas and we hope that whatever it brings, whether it be a care facility or a mixture of residential and care, will be of real value to the area and to the Kingswood community.”