Brownhills activity centre vow after talks of takeover fail

An outdoor activity centre has reassured the public it is still open after it emerged talks with a management company had broken down.

Brownhills Community Association, which runs the Brownhills Canoe and Outdoor Centre in Silver Street, was in discussions with Birmingham-based Bear Creek Adventure Ltd about operating the site.

Contracts were never agreed but statements were released in December suggesting the leisure company had taken over the community-owned facility.

But the association is taking steps to reassure residents after talks broke down.

Janet Davies, of the Brownhills Community Association, said there were no question marks over the centre's future and that talks were ongoing with other organisations. She said: "It is unfortunate that the company seem to have been premature in releasing details stating they were managing the site before any deal was done.

"Talks broke down for a number of reasons but users should not be worried.

"We are still open and are busily preparing for our spring and summer activities."

Bear Creek Adventure Ltd did not want to comment on the talks but a statement on a Facebook site called Brownhills Canoe Centre said: "Unfortunately, due to contractual difficulties, Bear Creek Adventure Ltd & Edgbaston Watersports have withdrawn from Brownhills Canoe Centre."

The community association is available on 01543 452119.

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