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Glasbury House is being considered for closure in the face of enormous financial challenges.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.
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.
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.