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Wolverhampton Council-owned Towers Outdoor Education Centre likely to close

By Thomas Parkes | Wolverhampton | Education | Published:

An at-risk outdoor education facility in North Wales used by Wolverhampton schoolchildren looks set to close permanently despite calls for it to remain open.

Students on a trek at Towers. Image: Coppice Performing Arts School

The Towers Outdoor Education Centre, in Betws-y-coed, shut temporarily in August last year after investigations found it needed £600,000 of repairs to meet health and safety requirements.

A further £1.1 million would also be needed to refurbish and modernise the building, Wolverhampton Council said.

Now a recommendation has been put forward to the authority's cabinet next week to close and sell it.

Councillors will have the final say on whether to go-ahead with the closure, have it handed over for someone else to run, or keep and maintain it.

Youngsters using the service will be sign-posted to other facilities they can use, the report said.

It comes after council chiefs revealed two companies had come forward with offers, which would be considered "seriously" by them.

A total of 33 schools in Wolverhampton used the centre last year – with the remaining 84 using other services.

A cabinet is next Wednesday.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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