Leicester

Snowdonia outdoor pursuits centre to be sold by council

Aberglaslyn Hall
Image caption The hall has been owned by Leicestershire County Council since the 1960s

Leicestershire County Council is to close and sell a childrens' outdoor activity centre it owns in north Wales.

A community group had expressed interest in taking control of the Aberglaslyn Hall after the authority decided in April it was not needed.

But the council has decided a business plan put forward by the group is "not workable" and the hall, in Snowdonia, will close next August.

Another activity centre, Quorn Hall in Leicestershire, will close in December.

Money from their sale will instead be invested in improving its other centre, Beaumanor Hall in Woodhouse Eaves.

Steve Siddons, from Leicestershire County Council, said: "Many of the services which were previously provided at Aberglaslyn and Quorn will be provided at Beaumanor in the future."

The Friends of Aberglaslyn, which had hoped to take over the running of the centre, said it was "surprised and angry" its business plan had been rejected.

The council said it had identified a number of concerns with the plan, including staff costs and financial backing.

It said it would now work with the 66 staff at the three centres to explore redeployment and redundancy options.

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