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MP praises outdoor centres amid uncertainty over The Towers' future

By Thomas Parkes | Mid Wales | Education | Published:

A Welsh MP has described outdoor education activities as "priceless" amid proposals to close a centre in Betws-y-Coed.

Students on a trek at Towers. Image: Coppice Performing Arts School

Robin Millar, who represents Aberconwy, said the Wolverhampton Council-run Towers Outdoor Education Centre allowed youngsters to make memories which will "last a lifetime".

It comes after a recommendation was put forward to council chiefs to close the site permanently – and then auction it off after costs of £600,000 to fix it were highlighted.

A further £1.1 million would be needed in refurbishment costs to help modernise the building, which has been used for 59 years.

Robin Millar MP

Mr Millar said: "Outward bound activities in Aberconwy are very important to the hundreds of thousands of visitors we welcome here each year.

"We have a long standing relationship with the residents of Wolverhampton, about 1,500 of whom visit The Towers in Betws-y-Coed.

"It isn't just the great natural beauty of Snowdonia and Betws-y-Coed they enjoy - they take away lessons about life and themselves that last a lifetime. Such things are priceless."

It comes after headteachers and people who had used the facility had come out to show their support for their facility – as well as sharing their memories of it.

A final decision will be made by members of Wolverhampton Council's cabinet on February 19.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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