Grangewaters to be out-sourced

Grangewaters to be out-sourced

Grangewaters to be out-sourced

First published in South Essex

THURROCK'S outdoor education centre, Grangewaters, is to be out-sourced.

The future of the South Ockendon-based centre was discussed at Wednesday evening’s meeting of Thurrock Council’s cabinet.

Members were being asked to agree to the start of a procurement process to find organisations willing to run the centre.

Council leader and education portfolio holder, Cllr John Kent, said: “We started asking what its future could and should be back in 2011 and in the past year we as a council have put a great deal of officer and member time into looking at the options, discussing them, and coming up with a proposal.

“Grangewaters is one of those ‘secret jewels’ we have in Thurrock; somewhere that has given great enjoyment and pleasure to thousand upon thousand of local people – young and old.

“With 70 acres of managed and natural woodland, two lakes and open grassland as well as activity areas, accommodation and everything else it boasts, Grangewaters will undoubtedly attract interest from private investors – it just saddens me that we cannot continue subsidising it in these difficult times.”

He added: “However I am concerned that current staff members feel they have been left out and I want to make sure that the option of a staff mutual charitable co-operative is fully investigated.

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10:48am Thu 28 Aug 14

Sugarman says...

This is just the tip of the iceberg, other things will be outsourced too, e.g. Thameside theatre etc. just a matter of time.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, other things will be outsourced too, e.g. Thameside theatre etc. just a matter of time. Sugarman
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3:03pm Thu 28 Aug 14

coddy says...

70 Acres of land. How long before the shysters that take this over start applying for planning permission for housing
70 Acres of land. How long before the shysters that take this over start applying for planning permission for housing coddy
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5:44pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Akela cubs says...

Yet another means in reducing the leisure facilities and upping the costs so that the local communities are unable to afford to participate in outdoor adventure and enjoy the wildlife is attracts. Children will not learn to appreciate the outdoors and nature if as with all projects the council can no longer fund it ends up as a dumping ground or worse more housing, with lack of schools, dr etc. any councillors that are reading this stand up for this site and offer the land back to the local community to run and where necessary bring in the local groups who need this area for young members of society, I.e scouts, guides, air train corp, sea cadets seek funding and help this centre survive for the long haul. Any local businesses or communities who can help shout now before we have lost such a gem. Cub leader visited and experienced the adventure of the site and planning to go back!
Yet another means in reducing the leisure facilities and upping the costs so that the local communities are unable to afford to participate in outdoor adventure and enjoy the wildlife is attracts. Children will not learn to appreciate the outdoors and nature if as with all projects the council can no longer fund it ends up as a dumping ground or worse more housing, with lack of schools, dr etc. any councillors that are reading this stand up for this site and offer the land back to the local community to run and where necessary bring in the local groups who need this area for young members of society, I.e scouts, guides, air train corp, sea cadets seek funding and help this centre survive for the long haul. Any local businesses or communities who can help shout now before we have lost such a gem. Cub leader visited and experienced the adventure of the site and planning to go back! Akela cubs
  • Score: 1
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