Save Staylittle Outdoor Centre
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Petition to Powys County Council to keep Staylittle Outdoor Centre open for the continued provision of outdoor education and for the benefit of the people of Powys.
It has been decided by the cabinet of Powys County Council that Staylittle Outdoor Centre will be closing on the 28th February 2018. This is after (in our opinion) minimal and inaccurate market research that led to just a handful of bids. We wish to petition Powys County Council to reverse their decision and look again at the options for keeping Staylittle Outdoor Centre open.
It is known that at least one if these bids would have ensured the continuation of the centre operation at no cost to Powys County Council.
Staylittle Outdoor Centre is a viable organisation and has already received many bookings from Powys schools (and the wider Wales and UK) for 2018 and 2019.
Currently it is only open from March to October but with a business plan and changing to a full 12 month opening Staylittle Outdoor Centre can become financially self supporting and so ensuring its long term security.
Staylittle Outdoor Centre has been operating for the direct benefit of Powys residents for over 25 years and in this time thousands of children have discovered the wonderful, great outdoors and giving them the opportunity to challenge themselves in a safe and fulfilling environment.
To ensure this continued benefit of outdoor education to the residents of Powys and Wales a long term solution has been submitted to Powys County Council which will give security for the continued operation of Staylittle Outdoor Centre. This would ensure the provision of affordable and inclusive outdoor education for primary school children and young adults irrespective of their personal circumstance.
The center would be run to ensure the following benefits to Powys and surrounding areas by carrying out the following:
● It will enable assistance to Powys County Council to meet the requirements for the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
● The will be accessibility regardless of service users financial circumstances.
● It will continue to work closely with local communities.
● Assist the local economy by utilising providers and contractors from within the county (where possible).
● Providing employment and training to an area where job prospects are difficult.
● Providing a positive contribution to the holistic health and wellbeing of children and adults.
● Providing another aspect to the Sports Wales Physical Literacy campaign.
● Guaranteeing that yet another county facility is not lost to the people of Powys with no prospect of it ever returning which would occur should the building be sold for any other use other than outdoor education.
Although Staylittle Outdoor Centre is open to provide activities to all ages it is the children who make up the largest segment of service users.
Adventurous activities are part of the national curriculum and should Staylittle Outdoor Centre be closed this would greatly reduce the options available for county schools.
Please support us by signing this petition to persuade Powys County Council to look again at their decision and think about the enormous social cost to the county.
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