LAST Wednesday Conservative councillors spurned the opportunity to support Grangewaters Outdoor Education Centre claimed Thurrock Labour
Speaking after the meeting, Mike Fletcher – Labour Councillor for Belhus – who put the motion said;
“I am really disappointed that Tory councillors voted to support the sell off of Grangewaters.
“It is clear the Tories will now push ahead with selling or leasing the site to help fill their £34 million financial black hole.
“The fact is that if you give away control of Grangewaters then all of those local groups that currently use the centre – such as the angling clubs, the Newfoundland Working Dogs or the Motorboat & Waterski Club – will be at risk of being priced out of using facilities that some have been using for over fifty years.”
” Grangewaters is self-sustaining and prior to Covid was making a small profit. Unfortunately the council’s response to this has been to hike prices, including a massive 63% increase for the Motorboat & Waterski club, threatening to price these activities out of the means of local people – a taste of things to come?”
Cllr Fletcher said;
“Grangewaters is absolutely unique. It’s the only place in Thurrock – or the surrounding area – where our young people can learn vital outdoor skills as well as acting as a training facility for schools, Thurrock Yacht Club and many individuals and a home for a range of clubs.
“Wednesday was the chance for councillors to show their support for Grangewaters and for all those who use it. It is bitterly disappointing the Conservatives voted, instead, to give the green light to its sale or lease.”