The trustees of a popular outdoor pursuit centre used by hundreds of schoolchildren have launched legal action against Walsall Council over a £500,000 repairs bill.
The council ended its links with the Bryntysilio Outdoor Education Centre in north Wales two years ago to save cash.
But the centre’s trustees want the authority to contribute to the repair bill from the time it leased its buildings.
The council had offered to pay £122,000 towards the costs, but the board had issued a plea for £500,000.
Jim Crabtree chairman of the School Holiday Camp Fund, which owns the centre, said: “We have served court papers on them. We had hoped to have negotiated a settlement, but it has now got to this point.”
Until the council ended its link with the centre bosses paid £500,000 a year towards its running costs. The trustees say that work is needed at the site to bring it up to scratch and that the money offered by the council is not enough.
Despite the end of the council involvement in the site Walsall children are still able to use it for holidays.
Mr Crabtree added: “The centre is flourishing with group bookings. The summer season is our busiest period and things have being going very well.”
Leader of Walsall Council Councillor Mike Bird said: “The council is in a legal dispute with the owners of Bryntisilio in relation to a claim for dilapidations.
“As this matter is subject to legal proceedings, the council is unable to make any further comments.” The future of the centre, near Llangollen, was thrown into doubt when the council withdrew its annual funding. A campaign was launched to safeguard the centre and the trustees of the building vowed to keep it going.