Outdoor centre cash plea fails

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AN OUTDOOR centre could face closure after Sheffield Council rejected a plea to restore its funding.

Opposition Liberal Democrat councillors had proposed a motion to restore an £8,000 grant for Mayfield Environmental Education Centre, Fulwood, at a full meeting of the authority.

The Lib Dem group proposed that a bigger cut should be made to the budget for full-time trade union officials.

Coun Andrew Sangar, who represents Fulwood, said: “Learning about the countryside is a vital part of our children’s education.

“Yet instead Labour are planning the closure of the centre to save just £8,000.”

Labour said it is cutting the number of paid, full-time union officials from 16 to nine.