Latest on Stansfeld Outdoor Education Centre

County Councillor Roz Smith writes:

I've had confirmation from Birmingham City Council this morning that the
successful bid, subject to contract, for the 250 year lease of the Stansfeld
Outdoor Education Centre, Quarry Road was from The Oxford Trust.  The two
unsuccessful bidders, Oxford Co-Housing Group and a care home provider had been
advised too.
This afternoon I met with Steve Burgess, the chief executive at The Oxford
Trust, on behalf of the Friends of Stansfeld group.   Steve explained the
trust's vision for the site which includes an innovation centre for start-up
companies and entrepreneurs working in science and technology, a new education
centre, plus an on-site cafe and a 100 seat theatre venue for use by visitors
to the new Wood Centre for Science & Innovation.  They have posted a press
release with more details and I am sure this news will be in the local media
On a personal note, I am pleased that the site will continue to be used for
educational purposes and that the Oxford Trust is looking to enhance the
facilities and to have managed public access and that the wood land area will
be respected. However, I was surprised that the Oxford City Council has not
required at least some homes to be built on the brownfield area.

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