Local community groups could take over Gladstone Sports Club, Northwick Park Sports Pavilion and Tenterden Pavilion after Brent Council agreed to market the buildings under its ‘Community Asset Transfer’ policy at Cabinet meetings held this year.
The council’s decision to market these facilities comes after the Kilburn Cosmos Rugby Group, Forest United Football Club and a consortium of residents, led by the Sudbury Court Residents Association, expressed interests in taking over the buildings.
The Community Asset Transfer policy was introduced by the council last year and allows for council buildings to be transferred to community groups that can help the council achieve its vision for the borough, at a time when the council has to make budget savings.
Recently, the Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre became the first community facility in the borough to benefit from the Community Asset Transfer policy and reopened in January.
Councillor Margaret McLennan, Lead Member for Housing and Development at Brent Council said:
“With the funding that we get from Central Government being halved, we have to come up with innovative solutions to protect the valued facilities that we have.
“Our Community Asset Transfer policy has already helped save the Welsh Harp and now we’ve got local interest in three other buildings in the borough which we would struggle to continue funding, so this is great news.
“We will shortly be inviting interested organisations to submit their applications to us as part of a fair and open process.”