As an eleven-year-old pupil at James Brindley Primary School in the summer of 1994, I had the privilege of spending a week at Salford Childrens’ Holiday Camp in Prestatyn. I had a great time and only wish that I had a photo or two I could dig out to illustrate this piece.
So it was with great sadness that I learned that Councillor Pennington had announced that the camp was to close, despite the spirited campaign to save it. However, that sadness quickly turned to concern and upset – because it doesn’t need to be this way. The camp should and could stay open. I firmly believe that the grant cut is just a smokescreen – an excuse – and that the camp is perfectly capable of being run as a going concern with or without the Council subsidy.
The campaigners are a friendly, brilliant and extraordinary group of people who have raised a small fortune in a short space of time, devoured information and put together a detailed proposal for continued use of the camp – yet they have not even had the courtesy of a response from either the Trustees or from the City Mayor. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a definitive list of the Trustees and Management Committee. This should be published immediately so that we can see who has actually made this decision.
Meanwhile, Councillor Pennington says the camp is “outdated”, but he has been running it for the last twenty years. If the camp is outdated then he only has himself to blame!