Study centre fears raised

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CONCERNS have been raised over the future of a Sheffield centre used by generations of children to learn about the outdoors.

The Friends of Mayfield challenged Sheffield Council over the decline in the number of schools using the environmental centre, at Fulwood.

Use of the building has fallen in recent years - although it has been refurbished only recently.

Members of the Friends attended a full council meeting to ask the authority for a guarantee about its future after it was omitted from a council brochure which was published listing facilities in the city.

Council cabinet member for children’s services, Coun Colin Ross, said: “I am very keen Mayfield remains open. The problem is that it is being under-used - now pupils from only about 20 primary schools go there on a regular basis.

“I want to encourage more people to use it.”

Coun Ross told the Friends group representatives the council had made a “mistake” by not including the Mayfield Environmental Centre in the brochure of its facilities.