MP disappointed as County Scouts dig in their heels over campsite sale
Cambridgeshire Scout officials are digging in their heels and refusing to listen to a rising tide of concern over plans to sell the Little Abington campsite.
Their attitude has infuriated Cambridge MP Julian Huppert who met with County Scout Commissioner, Liz Craig to discuss the issue.
He appealed to Ms Craig to think again before selling off the site which was donated by local businesses for the benefit of Cambridge Scouts. Ms Craig made it clear, however, that the decision had already been made and would not be changed.
The site is regularly used by Scouts, Guides, local schools, youngsters working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards and by Cambridge University students.
Julian said: “I am extremely disappointed by the attitude being shown by the leadership of Cambridgeshire Scouts. They are determined to press ahead with this sale – describing the site as ‘an albatross’ – despite the massive campaign against it. It does not seem to me that they have fully explored the other possibilities to continue running it.
“I wish the parents every success in their campaign to find a way to save the site so that future generations can benefit from it as was originally intended.”
Julian has already called on the national Scouts Association to intervene so that the sale does not go ahead. He asked CEO Matt Hyde to look at the history and stop the sale from proceeding.
“Once this site is sold, it is lost forever,” he said.