The Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Communities submitted a report that outlined the salient points in the business case for the Community Asset Transfer of the Charlbury Road Community Centre to the Management Committee and sought approval for the transfer to proceed.
To promote community-led regeneration and to support an increasingly robust Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE), the Council recognised the benefits of transferring surplus assets to community management.
To support increased community management of assets the Executive Sub-Committee for Property had approved a Community Asset Transfer (CAT) policy on 3 February 2012. The standard terms of CAT were for a 25-year lease, under which the tenant was responsible for all repairs, maintenance and running costs.
The report outlined in further detail information on the business case.
The report outlined that there were two options available:
Option 1: Close and re-let the centre - not recommended. It would not have been possible to let the centre quickly, or at all, and this would have meant the building stood empty for a period of time. It would then have become a target for anti-social behaviour. This would also have left the Childrens Centre part of the building that was used by Sure Start isolated and vulnerable to any potential vandalism. The closure of this facility would also have meant that a valuable resource for the community was lost.
Option 2: Transfer the centre to Management Committee - recommended. This option represented good value for money, had local community support and offered social, educational and leisure services to the local community.
The Next stage if approval to proceed was received was a 25-year lease for the transfer of the Charlbury Road Community Centre to the Management Committee, in line with the terms set out within the report, this would be agreed and estimated to be in place by the end of November 2013.
During the meeting Councillor C Rooney requested that his gratitude be forwarded onto the Managment Committee for working closely with the Council.
That the transfer of Charlbury Road Community Centre to the Management Committee be approved.
The decision was supported by the following reason:
To contribute to a robust VCSE sector and to maximise savings in relation to the Councils withdrawal of services from the Charlbury Road Community Centre. The retention of the facility for community usage would:
secure a valuable community facility for the Pallister Ward and surrounding area for the medium to long-term which has strong community support; and,
be only a minimal cost the Council over three years; the Council would achieve long-term savings on running costs of the building and maintenance.