Council reveals plans to sell environment centre

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 November 2018

Goblin Combe Environment Centre, in Cleeve.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Goblin Combe Environment Centre, in Cleeve. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Archant

An old school building which is used for nature education and connects people with one of the area’s finest beauty spots will be flogged by the local authority.

Goblin Combe Environment Centre, in Cleeve.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONGoblin Combe Environment Centre, in Cleeve. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

North Somerset Council will sell Cleeve’s Goblin Combe Environment Centre after it was deemed ‘surplus to requirements’.

The environment centre was bought by the council more than a decade ago to safeguard the site’s future, and it has been used for a variety of nature activities for children, vulnerable adults and people battling addiction.

But the building, which is registered as an asset of community value, has been vacant for several months, prompting the authority to earmark it for sale.

It is unknown what the council will be selling the environment centre building for, and its decision to sell up adds to the uncertain future of Goblin Combe’s facilities.

Goblin Combe Environment Centre, in Cleeve.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONGoblin Combe Environment Centre, in Cleeve. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Charity Groundwork ran classes and camps at the nearby Goblin Combe lodge building and surrounding woodland, but amid financial fears it imposed a moratorium on all activities at the end of the summer to conduct a review of cash flows and it is yet to confirm its plans.

Independent education specialist Alice Tucker took on a short-term lease of the lodge in October until January, and she believes Goblin Combe is a ‘jewel in Cleeve’s crown’.

She said: “It would be a desperate shame if this was lost. If it shut and nothing happened, it would be a crying shame.

“Where would children go with their mums and dads, where would the people in drug and alcohol rehab go to have an experience which challenges them in a safe environment?

Goblin Combe Environment Centre, in Cleeve.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONGoblin Combe Environment Centre, in Cleeve. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

“Without this, people will be left high and dry and a bit lonely.”

A council spokesman told the Mercury it has tried to keep the environment centre in the hands of the community, but a viable solution is yet to be found.

They added: “The property has been designated as an asset of community value but so far there hasn’t been any interest in it for community purposes since its designation so we have declared it surplus to our requirements.

“At the moment we’re getting ready to take the property to the market but we don’t have a date yet for when the marketing campaign will start.

Goblin Combe Environment Centre, in Cleeve.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONGoblin Combe Environment Centre, in Cleeve. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

“If interest comes forward during the marketing process for appropriate community uses then it will certainly be considered.”

More from Weston Mercury

Yesterday, 18:00

Staff and families raised more than £3,000 at a primary school’s Christmas fair.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A smash hit West End play will visit the Bristol Hippodrome in February.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:38

A pedestrian has been killed in a crash in involving a lorry.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:58

A Mead Vale youngster has sold handmade festive goods to help those who need food over Christmas.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

A concert featuring some of Weston’s most popular acts will come to the Grand Pier this Christmas.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

An artist hoping to remind people of the ‘true meaning of Christmas’ has created a 20ft angel in Locking Castle.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

The first of this year’s Go Kids Go! money has been spent by a Weston-based scout group.

Read more
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Festive fliers have been advised to pack presents in their hold luggage to avoid them being unwrapped at security.

Read more
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Girls from across the Extend Learning Academies Network in Weston came together for an inter-schools football tournament.

Read more
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Weston stroke survivors could benefit from a ‘life-changing’ new rehabilitation programme.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 10°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists