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Bid to save a popular centre in Snowdonia
9:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A GROUP of heads and deputy head teachers in Worcestershire have stepped in to try to save a popular outdoor education centre in Snowdonia.
Worcestershire County Council announced last week that its Llanrug outdoor education centre (LOEC) is set to close after a deal to hand over management to a private firm fell through.
The centre, which is used by about 1,500 children and young people every year, has been losing the council money for several years.
Despite the council’s plans to hand over the centre’s running to outdoor education company Rock UK, talks fell through after an agreement could not be reached about pension arrangements for its 11 staff.
A group of headteachers from 15 schools has had meetings to see if they can come up with a business plan.
A n online petition launched in support of the centre has already gathered 873 signatures A county council spokesman said it was consulting with staff and other stakeholders over the closure of the centre, until October 16.
He added: “However if there is someone interested, we are still accepting proposals. Details are still available on our E-tendering portal or they can be obtained from Joe Stock, Strategic Procurement Officer on 01905 766801”.
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