Community facilities that will no longer be maintained and run by Middlesbrough Council are to be offered for hand-over to local groups.
The move is part of the on-going programme of savings proposed by Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon to address the cuts imposed by central government.
While some buildings will be sold and others demolished to make way for development, the Council wants to help community groups to take over and run a number of other venues.
Expressions of interest are therefore being sought from organisations who would like to take over one of the available buildings, in line with Middlesbrough Council’s newly drawn up Community Asset Transfer Policy.
Applicants will need to demonstrate community support and the appropriate resources, knowledge and expertise to sustain the project in the long term.
Initial applications must be submitted by Wednesday, February 29, with detailed business cases due to be worked up thereafter, with support and guidance from Council officers.
Mr Mallon said: “The public have rightly played a big part in the budget setting process and their views are already beginning to shape the way this council delivers services across the town.
“As our budget faces unprecedented cuts, the Council can simply no longer provide many of the services which people have come to take for granted.
“There has been much said about the ‘big society’, but with the transfer of buildings to active community groups we will see that idea very much put into practice.
“These are not easy choices, but the over the coming months I expect to see the creation of new community facilities which are run by local people for local people.”
For more information, visit www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/transfer or email firstname.lastname@example.org