College plans to retain Barry base

CARDIFF & Vale College has re-asserted its commitment to retaining a presence in Barry, following residents concerns it intended re-locating to Cardiff.

The college said the possibility had never been discussed and it was looking at development options in the town next year.

Chairman of governors at CAVC, Geraint Evans, said: “There are absolutely no plans for the college to remove vocational provision at any of our Barry sites.

“We are Cardiff and Vale College and we are totally committed to serving the needs of all our communities, learners and employers in both Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. We have had a presence in Barry for more than 50 years and we are proud to play an important role in the development of the town.”

He said an example of supporting the community in the Vale was the aeronautical centre located at the airport, being centre place in supporting the Welsh Government Enterprise zone.

Mr Evans added: “The Principal, Mike James, has spoken publicly about his wish to one day have a base at the Waterfront as a preference however, we continue to explore a number of game changing opportunities in Barry. We are currently in a ten year capital development plan, which includes the initial £45m new development in Canal Parade in Cardiff. Once that is completed, in Spring 2015, the idea is to look at options in Barry in more detail which will obviously include the Waterfront. We are also working closely with Michaelston and Glyn Derw schools to double FE provision in the West Cardiff area, but this does not include plans to physically move there.”

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