‘Our last chance’ to save seaside school

Hornsea Support Group submitting an assett transfer bid to Wakefield Council
Hornsea Support Group submitting an assett transfer bid to Wakefield Council

CAMPAIGNERS have called for urgent action to help rescue a cherished seaside school from closing.

The Hornsea Support Group is determined to buy Hornsea Outdoor Residential Centre, which was put on the market by Wakefield Council in the spring.

They want to keep it running as an education centre, but were one of three groups to have asset transfer bids rejected in January.

And they need businesses and individuals to chip in so that they can secure the purchase.

Stuart Boothman, secretary of Hornsea Support Group, said people have until July 27 to submit a bid.

He said: “We are looking for pledges and donations from businesses and individuals, and time is very short.

“Schools are really missing the centre at Hornsea – we have heard of schools who have not been able to take their children on residential experiences since the centre closed because they simply cannot afford the private centre costs.

“This really is the last chance to redevelop these essential educational opportunities and we want everyone to spread the message through their networks of family and friends.”

The council announced last year that it could not afford costs needed to modernise the centre and that it would have to close.

It opened in 1937 as a place to take Wakefield schoolchildren on trips.

And more than a thousand youngsters have visited the centre each year from schools across the area.

But it was costing the council nearly £250,000 a year to run, and they said it could cost up to £1.5m to upgrade and modernise the centre.

Mr Boothman said Hornsea Support Group had already formed a non-profit social enterprise called Hornsea Residential Centre Ltd.

If their bid was successful they would run the centre as a charity.

To help with donations, email the group at hornseacentre@gmail.com