CAT is purrfect for Birmingham's community organisations

By on 01/11/2012 in News

Birmingham City Council is inviting voluntary and community organisations to submit expressions of interest in order to lease properties or buildings – known as Community Asset Transfer (CAT).
The city council is keen to see the site transfer of Castle Vale Stadium, grass pitches, and an all weather pitch and play area in Farnborough Road.  The purpose of this CAT is to deliver community recreation, and in the longer-term, to bring investment which will enhance sporting opportunities for local people.
Cllr Penny Holbrook, Erdington District Chair, said: “There's some truth in the sentiment that local people are often best placed to understand what's best for the community. The people who use the facilities have local knowledge, and in some cases hands-on management, which is very useful in deciding how things should be run.
“While none of us want to the see the council stop delivering services directly, the financial pressures mean the local authority has to thinking about new ways to make sure residents have the services they need.
“The most important thing is that services continue to be delivered where possible as Community organisations take great pride in their local area.”

Birmingham City Council is committed to using council assets to form long-term partnerships with suitable third sector organisations.

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