Campaigners fail in bid to save children's holiday camp in Prestatyn


Suzanne Jordan

AN MP has expressed his disappointment after hearing that a holiday camp in Prestatyn will close, despite a campaign to save it.

Chris Ruane, MP for the Vale of Clwyd, said that “hundreds if not thousands of people would be hugely upset” after the management committee of the Salford Children’s Holiday Camp in Prestatyn decided that the camp was no was no longer viable after just seven out of 80 primary schools said they would use it next year.

A online petition had been set up to fight closure plans which was signed by more than 1500 people.

“There are many hundreds - if not thousands - of people who have happy memories of spending time at the camp,” said Mr Ruane.

“All the people who have campaigned against this will be very disappointed at this decision.”

The Salford Children's Holiday camp, known affectionately as the Jam Butty Camp, opened in 1926 in Prestatyn.

Orginally it was was established to provide free holidays by the sea for disadvantaged children.

More recently has been available to all primary schoolchildren in return for a donation.

Nick Abbott, who visited the Camp as a young boy and who has led a campaign fighting the closure, said in a statement:

“To say I am disgusted is an understatement.

“The trustees and the management company have not even had the decency to meet with representatives of our group who have secured more than enough money to carry out the building works and to provide revenue funding for future years.

“This is not the end of our fight.”

The camp initially faced closure after Salford Council stated they could no longer give the £50,000 to the trust each year to run the camp.

It is believe that the closure decision was reached following concerns about how the camp was to be used over the next ten years.

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