Friday, October 24, 2014

Save Glasbury House – Again!

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From Redbridge-i Latest News
Glasbury House is being considered for closure in the face of enormous financial challenges.
Redbridge needs to save £70m over the next three years and will have to make incredibly difficult decisions as to how these cuts can be achieved. As part of these savings, proposals to be discussed at service committee include the closure of Glasbury by August 2015.
Glasbury has provided outdoor education services in the Borough for more than 50 years but it relies heavily on a subsidy from the Council in order to operate. Health, Leisure and Older People Service Committee will consider the closure of the centre at its meeting on Monday 3 November.
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The last time this happened was in early 2012. The links to “Save Glasbury House” on that post no longer work, but I rather think there will be another campaign like this in the Ilford Recorder at the time.

This is not our local Council’s fault. The problem lies in Westminster and it is the neo-Liberal privatisation agenda adopted by successive governments who see value only in terms of £s profit and who are convinced that the market is always right.

The site will probably be sold off to speculators for expensive second (third, forth …) weekend homes for rich people who have sucked all the money out of our economy. There is NO SHORTAGE of money, it’s just that it is now concentrated in very few hands. Alternatively it could continue as an exclusive, and expensive, resort for the children of those same rich people. The poor kids won’t get a look in. They’ll be playing with sticks in the gutter.

17 comments:

  1. These are always schemes devised by those who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

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  2. Save Glasbury House for Redbridge Schools,it is such a beneficial trip for the pupils.

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  3. we must safe this resource. It is so important for the local children to get this opportunity. Our special needs group uses the centre and we bring a large group of people who have a brillaint and safe time, led by very good teaching staff in an area of outstaning beauty! please safe this centre

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  4. please safe glasbury house. it is such a brilliant experience for the local children. there are also many groups who use this excellent facility to enjoy the beautiful surrounding areas.
    THIS resource MUST NOT BE LOST

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  5. SAVE GLASBURY HOUSE OEC. Such a resource HAS to be valued and kept alive. The impact on those who use it is life changing and those who deliver these experiences at Glasbury House are life changers. This has to stop. I worked at a centre near by which had undergone such cuts and the service is never to be the same again. Save one of the best centres in South Wales and save a resource which transforms lives for hundreds of thousands of people. Wake up Redbridge Council and do the right thing here...

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  6. Please write to Cllr Streeting, contact details here click.

    There is also a petition on Redbridge-i click

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  7. Some resources should not have a price tag against them. I have been to Glasbury house as a teenager and twice now as a parent of a special needs child and you cannot put an amount of money against what this does for a child's self esteem and self confidence. Glasbury house creates lifelong memories. The adrenaline rush of experiencing caving in a real cave or abseiling through a gorge can not be replaced by some manufactured out door activity centre in a local amenity. Some of our children may never experience the natural beauty of the Hay area if this amazing place is sold off. Glasbury house is a soft target...leave it alone!

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    1. Very well put. The current cabinet member for children's services has visited Glasbury several times, and I believe her own children enjoyed its facilities when at school. Take it off the list, Elaine.

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  8. Wes Streeting: Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Closing Outdoor Education Centres.

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  9. There will always be the need to consider savings. It is a matter of priority and for a lot of people Glasbury is and should remain a facility available to Redbridge Residents and perhaps others if external funding is needed to maintain and develop this great facility. Unfortunately because of its location and apparent distance it is very often out of sight and out of mind. It is important therefore that the benefits of the facility are canvassed whenever and however opportunity allows. Having worked in the Culture side of Redbridge there are many other things that could be scaled back or in some cases disposed of. There are lots of opportunities for creating income that despite being aired when Vision came into being have not been taken forward. There is also, I believe, a need to reconsider the role of Council Officers in those areas that are overstaffed and perhaps unnecessarily so. Harsh but reality if you want to same some of the jewels.

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    1. The past error was to have transferred responsibility for Glasbury from Education to Leisure. Vision Redbridge lacks the competence to manage a Bacchanalian Festival in a brewery.

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  10. I don't think it was an 'error'.

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  11. I'm the father of two daughters who - if this closure goes ahead - will be among the first to miss out. At present their school is trying hard to find alternatives, but to date nothing looks promising.

    But it's more than giving my own children an opportunity that concerns me. Glasbury has been a life-changing experience for generations. For some children it has been their first taste of adventure, for others their first experience of countryside away from urban sprawl. You can't put a price on that.

    You can never recreate this facility once it has been sold off. If it goes it will be gone forever and the present Redbridge Council will have achieved a lasting legacy. Let them be remembered as the Council who put the closure of Glasbury out for Consultation on the very day the schools were breaking up for Half Term holidays. (Is Jo Moore running your office, Mr Streeting?)

    I would disagree with the author of this blog. Putting the blame on central government cuts is disingenuous. It's an easy opt out, yah boo politics - let's do something that we can blame on the other lot.

    Yet when the author says there is money available, I would agree. It all comes down to appreciating what Glasbury is for and setting the right priorities. (Even today I hear that Mayor Johnson is "releasing" millions of funds/sweeteners for housing, education and culture in Greater London - so why not a small piece of that to save Glasbury in perpetuity?)

    Unfortunately - from what I picked up at the Council Forum last week - the leaders of Redbridge Council just don't "get it" when it comes to Glasbury. From the Chair we heard it questioned why Redbridge needs to own a facility in Wales. To pick one thing - are there any caves to be explored in Redbridge?

    The more urbanised, the more populous this borough becomes the more our children need facilities such as Glasbury. Don't throw away an asset worth far more than the paltry sum the Council will receive for it.

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  12. dear all i know it is of little consolation and it is not quite the same but there is a place called Lambourne End Activity Centre not too far away that caters for special needs and accepts direct payments, also an Aiming High day (free for families of children with disabilities) its has a climming wall,zip wire farm weekend respite etc a great place run by great people might be worth looking up

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  13. I certainly endorse those comments about Lambourne End Activity Centre (and have helped out with groups of young people there in the rather distant past). While there is some overlap, it cannot be regarded as equivalent to Glasbury and cannot be regarded as a replacement should the Council follow through with their short-sighted decision.

    It does seem that the campaign to save Glasbury is gathering momentum. With apologies for shouting (as we're a long way down in this thread) a dedicated SAVE GLASBURY WEBSITE is up and running at http://www.save-glasbury.org.uk/ which has links to BOTH PETITIONS.

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  14. according to the woodford guardian today it seems as if it is closing and the money "saved" has been spent on fairlop waters........

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