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Published 4th Apr 2012

Thorntree Park Pavillion

Work is progressing to enable local groups to take over and run community facilities.

The move follows major cuts to public sector funding by the coalition government which require Middlesbrough to cut more than £50 million from its budget over a four-year period.

Last month the council listed a number of facilities which it will no longer be able to maintain and run and invited expressions of interest from community groups.

Applicants were required to demonstrate community support and that they had the appropriate resources, knowledge and expertise to sustain the project in the long term.

The following projects are now progressing to more detailed discussions with support and guidance from Council officers:

  • Thorntree Park Pavilion - Cargo Fleet Juniors Football Club
  • Pallister Park Centre - Southlands Judo Club martial arts academy
  • Park End Community Centre - Park End Community Centre Management Committee to continue to deliver a full range of community activities
  • Brambles Farm Community Centre - Hope Foundation, local charity working with people on employability training and advice/guidance, plus UK Online delivery
  • Beechwood Youth and Community Centre – national charity Endeavour, who work with young people to deliver training

No viable expressions of interest were received for North Ormesby Pavilion which will be demolished after the services within it have been relocated.

A decision on Mill Hill Pavilion has been deferred pending more information from one of the applicants.

Over the coming weeks, the groups will work up full business cases to demonstrate that their proposals to run the centres have community support and are sustainable.

Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon said: “The unprecedented cuts to our budget have required a complete re-think on the services we provide and how we deliver them.

“Many community facilities and services can no longer be taken for granted, but this is a real opportunity for local people to get involved in the ones that matter most to them.

“I’m pleased that serious proposals have been put forward for a number of these facilities, and look forward to seeing them being run by local people, for local people.”

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