Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Campaign To Save Campsite Backed By Cambridge MP Julian Huppert

A campaign to save the Little Abington Campsite from developers has secured the backing of Cambridge MP Julian Huppert.  

Julian wants to see the campsite saves as a community asset and will visit the site tomorrow (Thursday, May 16).  

The campsite is the only one available for use by the children and young people of Cambridge including over 1,000 a year working for Duke of Edinburgh awards and Scouts, Guides and students from Cambridge University.  

But the Cambridgeshire Scouting Association wants to sell the land, donated by a Cambridge businessman in the 1930s, because it claims it is not economically viable.  

Julian said: “It is clear that this campsite has been enjoyed by many generations of young people and it would be a real shame if we were to lose it now.  

“The skills young people learn through scouts and similar organisations and while working for the Duke of Edinburgh awards are extremely valuable. And a night out under canvas is a hugely rewarding experience for young people, teaching them survival skills which they will carry through their lives.  

“I hope an affordable way forward can be found which will allow the campsite to be kept for the community so young people will be able to use it for years to come.”  

Melinda Rigby, one of the organisers of the campaign to save the campsite said: “The campsite is just eight miles from the city centre, within easy reach for volunteers. No replacement is being offered meaning children will have to travel further afield and this could put them off camping altogether.  

“It’s an amazing resource for the DofE awards in Cambridge. It provides a fantastic training base within easy walking distance of Cambridge and with very good transport links.  

“There were 83 Scout group visits recorded last year and it has been used four times a year for the last 10 years by Cambridge University for events including role play and its annual banquet.  

“If we lose the campsite, we not only lose a valuable community resource but we also lose a piece of land with a variety of trees, woods and fields bordered by a stream.”