Oxenwood & Braeside: outdoor education sites put on the marketThe Oxenwood and Braeside outdoor education centres which were to be closed by Wiltshire Council this month, have appeared on a website that markets commercial premises - 'Daltons Business'.
Marlborough.news understands that the selling agents - Edwards and Partners - are producing an 'information and tender pack'. They will then organise 'open days' so that interested parties can view the two premises.
On the Daltons Business website Braeside is referred to as an 'Education and Conference Centre'. Oxenwood is the first listed centre in the above extract from the website.
It seems that the well-supported petition started by concerned parent Lucy Gomes and the level of political opposition to the closures has at least brought some respite to the county's outdoor education.
In response to this latest development, Wiltshire Council have issued the following statement:
Interested parties will be invited to formally register their interest in Braeside and Oxenwood as a going concern when the two sites are placed on the market.
As part of this process any prospective buyer will need to ensure they meet the requirements for the sites to continue and be viable as places for outdoor education.
Meanwhile the two outdoor education sites will remain open until the end of the year and bookings for events in the autumn and provisionally for next year are being taken.
Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We are aware that some people are keen to see these sites continue as outdoor education venues. At a recent meeting of the council’s cabinet we agreed to consider any expressions of interest and assess if the sites could continue as a going concern for the future.
“I am fully supportive of the benefits of outdoor education but have stated that the council is not the right organisation to run these centres in the future. We have to focus on our priorities and align funding to vulnerable children and education priorities.
“The decision to dispose of Braeside and Oxenwood has not been taken lightly and we will review all expressions of interest and assess the most viable possibility for the future of these sites.”
The future of the sites will be considered by cabinet at a meeting later this year.