Lambeth College have issued a statement in response to a planned protest at its Brixton Hill site, explaining its reasons for selling the site to the Department of Education (DfE).
The college say that the sale of the site will secure the future of the Brixton centre, as their budget is due to be cut by £2.8 million in 2014/15.
The site was sold by the college to the DfE for around £18 million.
“The sale of the site effectively ensures we can continue to have a presence in Brixton for many years to come and that the long-term future of Lambeth College as a whole is more assured.”
Mr Silverman continued: “Yes, the new Brixton centre will be smaller than the current centre, but will deliver English, Maths, ESOL, adult community learning and employability courses.”
Campaigners have started an online petition to save the college, which aims to gain 1,000 signatures.