Local Playing Fields (like Holders Lane/ Pebble Mill sites in South Birmingham) should be retain primarily for use by local people; residents, dog-walkers, grass-roots sports clubs and families. Such sites must be protected to prevent them from being sold or leased to exclusive and/or commercial organisations, restricting use by the local communities who need them most.
Why is this important?
With Olympic/ Paralympic Spirit reaching fever pitch, and the Government & Sporting Bodies hoping to 'Inspire a Generation', the future of Sport & Community Recreation looks rosy... but what if there are too few facilities left for people to use? Over recent years Local Authorities across the country (including Birmingham) have all too often bowed to the financial pressure and sold or leased Community Recreation Space to private organisations. If this trend continues, there will be no Olympic Legacy and future generations will have no facilities to enjoy recreation and leisure/sport activities.
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