As you will know we recently ran a consultation to find out what local people wanted to see happen at the St Pauls Learning and Family Centre.
The information contained in the published brief inviting people to apply to the City Council to manage the building included recommendations taken from the survey that we carried out in the area, and reflected the wishes of the St Pauls Community. Interested parties were asked to show how they would meet the wishes of residents.
Bristol City Council say;
The Expression of Interest Phase for the Community Asset Transfer of the St Pauls Learning and Family Centre has finished.
- Expression of interest brief (pdf, 337 KB)(opens new window)
- Community Asset Transfer policy (pdf, 0.6 MB)(opens new window)
We offered organisations the opportunity to express their interest in taking on the management and lease of this facility.
Organisations needed to demonstrate that the facility would continue to benefit the local community.
The Ethical Property Company (EPC) was selected to advance to the business planning phase of the Community Asset Transfer.
The Ethical Property Company were chosen because of their:
- significant experience of managing large and complex community buildings
- financial management capability
- support for working with the community and others to deliver the community requirements for the centre
- offer to build capacity to transfer centre management expertise to the community or community organisations.
A number of smaller organisations expressed an interest in playing a role in the centre. EPC will contact them to see if they can work together.
What happens next?
We have asked the EPC to submit a formal business plan. This business plan will need include cash flow forecasts, and projected space utilisation rates.
During the business planning period the EPC will agree a vision for the centre with interested parties.
Once the business plan has been submitted, we will conduct an assessment before making a recommendation to the Strategic Director of Resources, or Cabinet if the lease request is for longer than 35 years or the asset transfer is deemed a key decision.
During the Community Asset Transfer process the centre will remain open as usual and the activities that take place there will continue.
It remains our aim that the asset transfer will be completed between September 2014 and March 2015.
Contact Information for the St Pauls Learning and Family Centre Expression of Interest
Kurt James, Project Manager
Phone: 0117 903 6825