Birmingham City Council agrees to resident advisers over sole trusteeship of Highbury Trust

Local authority acts after Dartford charity tribunal case

Birmingham City Council has agreed to form an advisory committee of local residents to help run a charity it controls that it has been accused of mismanaging.

The council is sole trustee of the Highbury Trust, which owns a Victorian mansion in the south of the city that has been used to house social services staff. Local residents have campaigned for the council to be replaced as sole trustee by a group of residents and councillors.

At a public meeting last week, the council said it would form the committee in the light of the recent charity tribunal case involving Dartford Borough Council, which was ordered to appoint local residents as trustees after illegally selling charitable land to developers.

Tony Thapar, director of Moseley Community Development Trust, part of a consortium of development organisations opposed to the council's use of the site, said the move was "a small step in the right direction".

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