Three outdoor centres under review…

The future of three outdoor activity centres for Leicestershire schoolchildren is being reviewed by County Council leaders.

Just as a number of pupils from the Kingsway school in Braunstone are about to depart for a school trip to Aberglaslyn in Wales, news emerges that Aberglaslyn Hall joins two other centres – Beaumanor Hall and Quorn Hall,  used by schools for outdoor activities like camping, canoeing and climbing – as the subject of a cost review.

The authority said the buildings cost it more than £400,000 a year to subsidise.

It said it wanted to establish if they were still good value for money.

Ivan Ould, the council’s cabinet lead for children and young people’s services, told local media that selling the buildings off was not the proposal at the moment adding that they were hoping to consult with a “wide range of people” on the type of activities that should be offered.

The council says that visits to the three sites has been falling year on year.

On 13 September the cabinet will meet to debate whether a 12-week consultation on the issue should go ahead.

Aberglaslyn Hall

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