Two community centres are being transferred to community groups in Kirklees
Following a recent meeting Kirklees Cabinet have agreed to the asset transfer of two community buildings.
Which building will be transferred?
The Community Centre and Library on Market Street Birstall will be transferred to Birstall Community Holdings Ltd.
The group have been leasing the building since April 2017 and have successfully retained the customer base and are working with the local community to get them involved in how it will be used in the future.
The Birstall community centre will also have a covenant that restricts it to community use with up to 30% commercial use. It is intended that the centre will continue to be used as a polling station for elections.
What other buildings are being transferred?
In addition, Honley Community Centre on Stoney Lane Honley is being transferred to the Netherton Community Centre Ltd.
Netherton Community Centre Ltd already successfully run the Netherton Community Centre and have been leasing the Honley Community Centre since April 2017.
The Honley community centre will also have a covenant that restricts it to community use with up to 30% commercial use.
What have our councillors said?
Cllr Graham Turner Cabinet Member for Resources said:
“I am delighted that we have been able to successfully transfer these buildings to Birstall Community Holdings Ltd and Netherton Community Centre Ltd and that they will go on being of benefit to the local community. Knowing that the there are people willing to step in to take over these buildings and that they will still be at the heart of the community is great news.
We have a great community spirit in Kirklees, and these two new asset transfers join the many others we have completed successfully in recent years in proving that. I would like to thank Birstall Community Holdings and Netherton Community centre Ltd for their commitment to the process of taking over the buildings and wish them luck for the future.”