Children's centre, two pubs and a social club are given 'community asset' protection (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Children's centre, two pubs and a social club are given 'community asset' protection
4:31pm Friday 4th July 2014 in News
A CHILDREN'S centre, two pubs and a social club are the latest places to get extra protection from being lost to communities.
All four are to be added to the district's list of 'assets of community value', which protects them against being sold off without locals being told.
Listing a building as a community asset does not give community groups first refusal if it comes up for sale, but it does give them the time they need to prepare a bid to buy it.
Councillor Dale Smith, who sits on the parish council, said while they had no concerns about the running of the pubs and club, there was a national trend of such places closing down and being lost to communities.
He said: "It's just a precautionary application. In many ways, I hope it's not needed."
He said they would now be concentrating their efforts on two more applications, to list a garage site, in Low Hall Road, and a parcel of land near the cemetery, in Buckle Lane.
These are expected to be considered in the coming months.
The Daisy Chain Children's Centre had been at risk of being downgraded to an unstaffed 'outreach centre' by Bradford Council in a cost-cutting plan that has now been put on ice.
Jonathan Crewdson, of the Silsden Singers, said: "It's fantastic news. It gives us a little bit of breathing space if the council does decide they want to dispose of the building, to come up with a 'plan b'."
Councillor Steve Pullen (Lab), who sits on Keighley Area Committee, said the community asset powers were "a good thing", but gave a note of caution, saying groups wanting to take over such buildings may not have the funds to maintain them.