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Two community buildings to be run by local groups

Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

image: braunstone grove

TWO of the city’s community buildings are being handed over to local groups for them to run.

Braunstone Grove, in Cort Crescent, will now be run by B-Inspired, a neighbourhood-based charity that already delivers a range of services in the Braunstone area. And the Mayfield Centre, a former children’s centre in Mayfield Road, Stoneygate, will be run by the An Nasihah Education Trust.

Both B-Inspired and An Nasihah have committed to ensuring the buildings can be used by local people for a wide range of community activities.

B-Inspired will take on responsibility for the repairs and upkeep of Braunstone Grove under a 25-year lease.

They will work with Streetvibe who are already based at Braunstone Grove to deliver activities for local young people. They will also be offering sports activities from the centre, including football sessions working with local teams.

Dance sessions, IT facilities and training, family multi-sports activities, room hire and a community café will also be offered.

The council will initially charge £15,000 a year rent for the building, on condition that facilities at the centre continue to be made available to local groups and there is no increase in hire charges for the first 12 months.

The An Nasihah Education Trust is a local charity, which already uses the Mayfield Centre. The Trust plans to run a nursery and other services for the under-fives from the building, and to offer access to other local community groups.

An Nasihah will take on the Mayfield Centre under a five-year lease requiring them to be responsible for repairs to the building.

Both centres have been offered up for ‘community asset transfer’ as part of the city council’s Transforming Neighbourhood Services (TNS) programme. The programme invites community organisations to take on the running of some neighbourhood buildings.

Other buildings have been refurbished and had their opening hours extended as part of the TNS programme, with services co-located so that they are all in one place.

Cllr Kirk Master, assistant city mayor responsible for neighbourhood services, said: “This is good news for the communities in these areas, because it means these buildings can remain open for local people, which was a crucial factor in making our decision.

“Government cuts mean we’ve had to rethink how we use our neighbourhood buildings. The response we’ve had from local groups has been very strong, with many of them putting forward business plans to run some of the buildings that have become available for asset transfer.

“These transfers mean these buildings will stay open and be run by local groups for local communities.”

The council will save £35,000 a year from the transfer of Braunstone Grove, and approximately £27,000 a year from the transfer of the Mayfield Centre.