THE LOG CABIN: ‘Much loved’ kids’ campsite for sale
A rural retreat, The Log Cabin, near Solihull – where kids have camped for more than half a century – is up for sale and could be replaced with lakeside homes.
The Log Cabin, at Earlswood Lakes, was recently put on the market by its current owners – the Birmingham-based Bournville Village Trust.
There is concern about the loss of the “much-loved” campsite after many decades of use, particularly given suggestions this will pave the way for a housing scheme.
Although the trust said it was reluctant to leave the green belt site vacant, following the collapse of the group which ran activities two years ago.
They said the current situation could leave facilities prey to vandals and have pledged that proceeds from the sale will be ploughed back into supporting community projects.
The 7.7 acre site, which is near Clowes Wood and north west of the Lakes themselves, has been advertised by Harris Lamb Property Consultants – with the deadline for bids coming to an end on Monday.
Buildings on-site – which are surrounded by open fields and woodland – are described as being in a “dilapidated” condition.
“The area is predominantly rural yet is close to significant conurbations,” said the brochure.
No guide price was provided in the papers, although reference is made to the fact that a pre-application for the land, which is just over the Warwickshire border, has been submitted to Stratford District Council.
It’s understood this floated the possibility of between two and five properties being built on the site – a proposal which could point towards its future use.
One local man, who had first camped there in the mid-1960s, had contacted the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) to voice concern about the sale.
He said generations of youngsters had happy memories of stopping there stretching back decades and it should be retained “for the good of Birmingham and Solihull.”
“For many ‘inner city kids’ The Log Cabin has been their first experience of the beauty of the countryside but The Cabin has been allowed to fall into disrepair,” he said.
Pete Richmond, chief executive of Bournville Village Trust, said: “Unfortunately the community organisation providing services from the facility to young people went into administration in 2019.
“We then spent around 12 months trying to find another community organisation able and willing to provide services from the facility.
“However, there was no interest from people able to make the investments that the site would benefit from.
“As we are not in a position to run the facility ourselves, it was costing £20,000 per year to protect site and we didn’t want to leave it vacant and at risk of anti-social behaviour, we have taken the decision to sell the land.
“As a charity and community trust, any money generated from the sale will be invested back into providing services for the communities that we work in.”
Words: David Irwin, Local Democracy Reporter
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