#Local Government
South Tyneside Council
United Kingdom

A vibrant community centre providing a range of community activities is being threatened with closure. South Tyneside Council are determining the future of the popular community facility through an options appraisal, with one option selling the land for housing development.

The Brinkburn Centre is a strong community hub providing a range of community activities and projects for the residents of South Tyneside. It is a valued community facility and one which is used by over 6000 people per week. It has been managed by Brinkburn Community Association since 1977 and all financial and staff support from the Council is being withdrawn from 1st April 2017.

The Local Authority announced the plans for the withdraw of funding support in 2016 and asked the community association to prepare for an asset transfer of the property. Preparing for the transfer, a new registered charity, Brinkburn CIO, has been established along with a full business plan and staffing arrangements.

Now the local authority has now stated it is currently completing an options appraisal on the future of the Brinkburn Centre site, options include;

- Full or part transfer of the property to Brinkburn CIO on a lease agreement;
- Brinkburn CIO manage the property on a management agreement;
- Demolish Brinkburn, sell the land for develop and build a new build centre.

We, the undersigned, call on South Tyneside Council to abandon its plans to close and sell the Brinkburn Centre and surrounding sports fields. The centre is used by a large number of community groups and residents from across South Tyneside and is an important asset which should be saved for current and future generations to benefit from.

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The Save Brinkburn Centre petition to South Tyneside Council was written by Brinkburn CIO and is in the category Local Government at GoPetition.