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?
Sign the Kingsbridge PetitionMar 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.
In the last 20 years 5,000 Playing Fields have been sold across the country. Here in Birmingham within the last 10 years the Birmingham Sports Centre site in Highgate, with its full-sized astro-turf pitch was sold for Retail. Nearby a few years later a large section of Billesley Common Land (Public Open Space) was sold to Moseley Rugby Club, now Birmingham City Council are seriously thinking of selling the lease of Holders Lane Playing Fields (adjacent to Cannon Hill Park, Moseley/Kings Heath) to a large commercial organisation with aspirations to redevelop the site for their own purpose. Meanwhile more than 30 local community sports clubs are without a home ground and the community is crying out for more rather than less facilities for people to come together to enjoy playing and watching sport. Kingsbridge has been working with the Council for more than 4 years developing a feasible, sustainable and community led alternative for the site based on the principles of Community Asset Transfer. During this time Kingsbridge have invested over £44K of public funds, and an equivalent of more than £40K in volunteer hours. Despite these efforts, Birmingham City Council are now minded to adopt a procurement procedure to dispose of the site- a process that will almost certainly disadvantage a genuine community based group such as Kingsbridge.