Local grass-roots community organisation Kingsbridge has received a letter of support from the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge Charity in connection with its campaign to protect local playing fields. 'Fields in Trust' has set a target of protecting 2012 playing fields by the end of the year. Kingsbridge has promised to protect the Holders Lane Playing Fields, under the scheme, but it has to have the lease to be able to do this. More than 5,000 playing fields have been sold off over the past 30 years, and this trend has to stop. Plans to develop the Holders Lane site as a College of Further & Higher Education have recently been uncovered, and Kingsbridge believes it is exactly this kind of situation that Fields in Trust sets out to prevent. Community Project leader Roger Lynch says "the Community doesn't want open green spaces built on to increase the empire of an ambitious multi-million pound establishment. They want these pitches put back into use, not sold off and fenced off." Local Councillor Martin Mullaney has disputed claims that the Holders Lane site will be sold, but Kingsbridge has evidence of an offer from University College Birmingham to buy the site at current market value. Even if this is no longer the case, as one resident said, "They're talking semantics here, whether the Council are selling the freehold or a lease for 50 years, the site’s not going to become public land again while I'm still alive!"
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Press Releases • Oct 10, 2010 23:59 BST
A new project to restore one of the city’s most dilapidated and under used sports facilities would appear to be a perfect solution to Councillor Martin Mullaney’s recent statement that some of Birmingham’s open spaces are “war zones.”
Press Releases • Mar 05, 2012 18:20 GMT
Birmingham City Council are seriously considering selling the lease for Holders Lane Playing Fields, and in so doing snatching the site from under the noses of Kingsbridge and its community partners. Don’t stand back and let this travesty happen- sign the petition which will be handed to the Council on the 3rd April. Please encourage as many of your friends and family to sign it as well.
Birmingham City Council witholds vital information about plans for sale of Holders Lane Playing Fields
Press Releases • Apr 03, 2012 22:49 BST
On the 1st of February, Kingsbridge Community Sports Launched its 'Save Our Playing Fields' campaign. On Tuesday 3rd April a petition of 820 signatures was submitted to the Lord Mayor of Birmingham . The petition caused quite a reaction from many local people but the question remains, what exactly is it that UCB are planning to build on the site? And why is the Council so reluctant to tell people?
Backwards or Forwards? Why did Birmingham City Council U-Turn over Community 'Big Society' Sports Project?
Press Releases • Apr 27, 2012 11:49 BST
Birmingham City Council prides itself on being progressive, hence the tag-line 'Forward'. Its recent policies include Birmingham's Big Society Prospectus and Sports Strategies including a new model of Community Sports Hub, yet earlier this year the Council appeared to have back-tracked on its good intentions of Community Asset Transfer of Holders Lane Playing Fields to a Grass-Roots Sports Group.