We’re being told that as a result of tonight’s council executive meeting, Chantry Woods campsite will no longer be leased out to a private forest school. There will apparently be ‘no change for the next 12 months.’

There are two responses to this:

  1. This is down to all of you who collared their councillors and told them that you weren’t going to put up with the sell off of a much loved community asset that’s been open for over 50 years.
  2. We now need to hold the council’s feet to the fire. We have to acknowledge that they may have, finally, seen sense, and thank them for that. It genuinely isn’t easy to admit you’ve got it wrong, but that might just be happening here. Let’s see.

What we hope this shows is that when the community come together, they can be a very powerful counterbalance to our democratically elected politicians. But it’s now also vital that we are prepared to begin to work with members and officers to secure a long-term future for the site.

Watch this space!

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