Councillor praises outdoor education centre for giving youngsters taste of adventure

Chris Simmons
Chris Simmons

THE work of an outdoor education centre that has been used by generations of Hartlepool youngsters has been praised by a senior councillor.

Councillor Chris Simmons, chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Children’s Services Committee, paid tribute to the staff of Carlton Outdoor Education Centre as councillors agreed to freeze charges for the next financial year.

The decision was made as members of the committee received excellent feedback from users including instructors getting a 100 per cent satisfaction rating.

The committee agreed to freeze the centre’s charges for 2014-15 as the council says it has not had enough time to see the effects of new fees and charges introduced last year.

They included seasonal charges where the cost was less for quieter times of the year including the autumn and winter.

Several years ago the centre underwent a £1.3m revamp with improvements to accommodation, an indoor climbing wall and a new adventure challenge course.

Coun Simmons said: “The running of any educational centre depends on the goodwill and dedication, commitment and expertise of the staff to make it a success.

“I think we as a committee should be sending our thanks and appreciation to the staff of Carlton Camp for the very high quality of the work that they have done, particularly bearing in mind all the changes the centre has undergone over the last few years with building work and all the rest of it.”

The centre, known as Carlton Camp, is used all-year round for outdoor education and adventurous activities, mainly by primary school children from Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.

The charges to primary schools for September to July next year will be £27 per day in January, £33 in the low season from September to December and February to March.

During the most popular time of year, between April to August, the daily charge will be £37.

For all other users the cost will be £35 for adults and £30 for children, in January, £43 and £38 in November to December and February, and £52 and £47 between March and October.

Carlton Camp was established after the people of Hartlepool contributed to a charity fund set up in the early 1930s.

The site was dedicated to be used by “the children of West Hartlepool for all time”.