Rebuttal: Pype Hayes Hall disposal

By on 03/08/2011 in Rebuttals

An article in today's Birmingham Mail suggests that the city council wants to sell Pype Hayes Hall because “it cannot afford to run it”.

This is not the case.

The building is simply not suitable accommodation for council staff to operate effective, modern services from in 2011.

Through the Working for the Future programme, the number of Central Administrative Buildings (used to house back office staff) is being reduced from 55 to a single digit figure.

Work on this programme began in 2006 and the business case was approved in 2009, before any spending reductions for the council from Central Government, and not a “slash and burn” scheme as suggested in the article.

Pype Hayes Hall, once identified as being unsuitable for future corporate use, was offered to directorates internally within the council.

None showed any interest in the property.

The proposal approved by Cabinet Committee (Property) yesterday (August 2) would see the property disposed of on a 125-year lease, with a deadline for restoration improvements set as a clause within the conditions of sale.

This ensures the council retains an interest in the site, should any future leaseholder fail to meet the requirements which are laid down, and will offer a more secure future for one of Birmingham’s historic properties.

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