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.”
The Kingsbridge Project is aiming to rejuvenate the run down facilities of Holders Lane Sports Centre and Playing Fields to establish a vibrant and exciting new community sporting venue in South Birmingham. Kingsbridge will provide sport and leisure activities for a wide variety of local user groups in addition to providing training, work experience and employment opportunities. Local residents are excited at the prospect of transforming the site from an area of crime and graffiti to a social and sporting venue.
In a recent Birmingham Mail article, Councillor Mullaney said that he was shocked at the state of many of the city’s open spaces and has ordered park rangers to adopt minimum standards as regards graffiti and vandalism. One of the directors of the Kingsbridge project is locally based Community Worker Roger Lynch. Roger has led several community volunteer teams in the Balsall Heath area in painting out graffiti in local open spaces such as Nelson Mandela Park and has written to Councillor Mullaney to express his support. While removing graffiti is a strong short term benefit, in a recent interview with BBC West Midlands Roger highlighted that the long term goal is to put ownership back into the hands of local communities.
Kingsbridge Project is a community based consortium, aiming to develop a vibrant and exciting new venue in South Birmingham. Our aim is to enhance the provision of sport and leisure activities for the benefit of a wide variety of local user groups, in an area where facilities are currently sorely lacking.
For more information visit http://www.kingsbridge-project.org/