Former Brent Mayor throws his support behind fight to save Welsh Harp education centre

Jim O’Sullivan says the centre is an invaluable resource for children

The former Mayor of Brent Jim O’Sullivan has urged residents to rally behind a campaign to save the Welsh Harp Education Centre.

The Times revealed this week that the centre, which lies at the edge of the 110 acre nature reserve and is frequently visited by schools across the borough who visit it to learn about science, nature and teamwork, could close due to council funding cuts.

Mr O’Sullivan, who finished his term in office in May, said: “It is a valuable asset for the schools in Brent and beyond. It should be saved in the interests of young people.”

The long time Wembley resident has helped fight off threats to the centre before – shortly after he was elected in 1998, Mr O’Sullivan joined a campaign opposing plans to sell it off, eventually forcing the council to back down.

And he is hoping ‘people power’ can again convince council chiefs to protect the popular training resource.

He said: “There is a new generation of who will hopefully have the same energy and determination to fight to keep the centre.

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“I have no doubt the residents of Brent will go all out to save that area for the children, and the entire community.”