Birmingham & Black Country

Holders Lane Playing Fields community group set up

Residents in Birmingham have set up a community group to try to stop playing fields being sold for development.

More than 130 people met in Selly Oak on Tuesday to discuss concerns over Holders Lane playing fields.

If the council-owned land was refurbished and maintained they would provide much needed facilities for the community, spokesman Roger Lynch said.

University College Birmingham (UCB) has submitted plans to the former council administration.

Local needs

But Mr Lynch said some residents felt the plans were "too focussed" on student needs.

Councillors will meet next week to discuss proposals for the land.

A spokesman said the council welcomed feedback from the community meeting held on Tuesday.

Mr Lynch said there had not been enough investment in the land over the past 10 years so he and others have been looking at what could be done to make the site "a bit more usable for local people".

He said: "The biggest concern is on what basis is the council looking to dispose of the land?

"They are not going to want to keep it themselves because of funding issues in terms of maintenance.

"Is it going out commercially and looking at who has the most money... or is it going to be a process that looks at what people want and build requirements around the needs of local people?"

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