Brathay Trust - working with Wigans Outdoor Centres
Thu 2nd Feb 10:07
Council secures future of
Wigan Council has secured the future of its two outdoor education centres in the
At its meeting on Thursday January 26 members of Wigan Council’s Cabinet decided to enter into an agreement with the Brathay Trust which means the twin centres of Low Bank Ground and Hinning House will be able to provide high-quality outdoor education experiences for years to come.
Low Bank Ground on the shores of
However significant pressure council budgets prompted education chiefs to look at possible options for the future of the two centres.
The council must reduce its budgets by £66M over the next four years and the council’s cabinet has pledged to protect those vital front line services that people in our borough rely on.
Whilst selling the two facilities had been a distinct possibility, the council were determined to find a more creative solution as it has previously done with the borough’s libraries, swimming pools and leisure venues.
Cabinet heard that following an extensive tendering exercise Brathay Trust, which has bases in both the Lake District and
Brathay will now lease the centres for the next seven years and will keep the existing staff. As part of the contract Brathay will also take responsibility for the repair and maintenance of the buildings.
The agreement stipulates that the centres must be available for
Welcoming the move, Leader of Wigan Council Lord Peter Smith says: “The
Brathay Trust has 65 years’ experience working with children and young people on outdoor education projects.
The Trust Chief Executive, Godfrey Owen, says: “We’re delighted that we have been given the opportunity to manage the two centres and we will continue the invaluable work that Wigan Council has been doing in recent years. The partnership is expected to bring many benefits for children and young people in