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Stevie Prior, Director of Norton Hall, on Community Asset Transfer

Posted on 11th July 2010 by

Interview at the Norton hall open day on July 11th 2010, Stevie Prior is the Norton Hall director who’s been involved in much of the negotiation over Community Asset Transfer. Here’s a sumary of her thoughts..

  • “Delighted to have got to this stage,  it’s been an “interesting process” and  very useful “learning curve”
  • there has to be a good relationship with city council officers
  • there is a tremendous amount of work involved and you have to allow for that
  • some elements – like legal aspect and dealing with the council in new ways gets “extremely serious and at times quite stressful”
  • I think we’ve emerged a more robust organisation
  • it’s enabled us to progress, which is what it was partly about anyway.
  • there is a need for council officers to understand a little more about community development

Karen Cheney on lessons from the Community Asset Transfer Development Programme in Birmingham

Posted on 28th May 2010 by

Kareh Cheney of Birmingham City Council

Karen Cheney has been the co-ordinator of  the Community Asset Transfer Development Programme as part of her job as Senior Manager - Community Empowerment Projects Lead in the Neighbourhood and Communities Team of Birmingham City Council – Constituency Services.   Below she talks very clearly about what the programme has achieved (more…)

Iftikar Karim on Norton Hall and Community Asset Transfer

Posted on 6th April 2010 by

Iftikar Karim has been involved with Asset Transfer since 2002. As a board member of Norton Hall Children and Family Centre he has helped the organisation navigate taking on a 50 year lease of their building from Birmingham City Council and then undergo a £250,00 renovation.

Here he talks about the lessons he has learnt and the advice he would give to other community groups and local authorities:

What are the benefits of Community Asset Transfer?

  • It is a great opportunity to empower community (more…)

Suzanne Knipe shows us around Phase 2 of Norton Hall

Posted on 1st April 2010 by

The Community Asset Transfer programme has helped Norton Hall focus on it’s future.  When the organisation first looked for  funding it was for a more ambitious plan to change much of the building.

Some parts of that plan had to be shelved, but since building work began the organisation has been looking for ways to follow through on all the work.  Here Suzanne Knipe talks about what else is now planned.

Norton Hall – handover day!

Posted on 31st March 2010 by

After two long years of effort the building was finally handed over on March 31st 2010.

Tut, tut, tut – Norton Hall

Posted on 3rd March 2010 by


It’s not all smooth going with building work. Suzanne Knipe found that the builders had left their access door unlocked – the one that has to stay secure.

Norton Hall, Steve Harrison, getting back to work

Posted on 15th January 2010 by

Steve Harrison of Tomlinson’s on getting back to work in the New Year at Norton Hall

Why are you heating the outside when it snows?

Posted on 5th January 2010 by

Steve Harrison – Tomlinson’s project manager at Norton Hall – explains why the heaters are on on the outside in the snow.

Norton Hall in early stages of the build

Posted on 23rd December 2009 by

Suzanne Knipe shows us rounds the building work and gives us a sense of what has been accomplished in the first 3 or 4 weeks and what next.