Stubbers set to be saved as Havering Council accepts bid

�The future of the Stubbers Adventure Centre looks �secure as Havering Council is set to accept a bid from the �existing operators to buy the freehold.

The decision follows invitations to bid for the disposal of the council-owned property in Ockendon Road, Upminster.

Concerns for the future of the centre, which provides a range of activities to youngsters, were first raised by the Residents’ �Association (RA) group.

It followed proposals to sell the site to the highest bidder.

The RA – with users, residents and the existing operator – is claiming victory following a �campaign to save the centre.

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Protestors presented a petitions to full council two weeks ago and an RA motion sought agreement for the centre to �continue in its current capacity.

Cllr Clarence Barrett, RA leader, said: “On behalf of the residents’ association, may I say how delighted we are at this outcome. It is very important that the centre is maintained in its current capacity and continues to provide an opportunity for young people to enjoy the facilities for generations to come.”

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A council report, due before cabinet on Wednesday, insists the offer by the club was preferable in the face of “strong interest and a good number of competitive bids”.

The centre, gifted to Havering from Essex County Council in 1965, has been run on a 21-year lease by the Essex Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs since 1996. The 117-acre site includes lakes, a camping area and adventure course.

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