A popular Birmingham community centre which was occupied by squatters is to be demolished amid concerns that it could attract more trespassers in the future.
The Centre 13 building on School Road, Moseley, is to be bulldozed and the land sold off for development to raise cash for nearby St Mary's Church.
Reverend Averyl Bradbrook said the sale of the building would help boost activities for the community and improve St Mary's, which is celebrating its 600th anniversary.
However, local councillor Martin Mullaney said he was prepared to lie in front of the bulldozers in a bid to save the 177- year- old community centre, which was previously a National School teaching local poor children.
The issue appears to have split Moseley, with heritage campaigners expressing their "regret" but not opposing the demolition of the locally-listed building.
Rev Bradbrook said the church had been left with no choice following the conduct of the squatters, who caused outrage after they staged a number of parties in the building in March and April.
The site also failed to attract a suitable tenant with only "one or two" parties expressing an interest.
Centre 13 had been a wellused community facility but was closed last August after the groups which used it found alternative accommodation.
Rev Bradbrook said: "We recently carried out a community audit finding out what the local community needs. To ensure that St Mary's can meet these needs we have taken the decision to demolish Centre 13.
"Since we closed it down we have had squatters in and that caused enormous problems for the neighbours because they held late-night parties. We have little choice." Coun Mullaney (Lib Dem Moseley & Kings Heath) said he was outraged at the proposals and accused the church of using the squatters as an excuse for their plans to raise cash through the sale of the building.
He said: "Many people in Moseley have fond memories of Centre 13, which is very much at the heart of the local community.
"I am planning to lie in front of the bulldozers if this plan is given the go-ahead.
"This building is listed locally for a reason - because it is simply one of the most historic buildings in Moseley."
Fiona Adams, chairwoman of the Moseley Society heritage group, said she regretted the move but understood that the church could not upgrade the building without spending large amounts of money.
She also called for funds for improving community facilities to be secured from potential developers in any deal.
Mrs Adams said: "We will not be objecting to demolishing this building provided it is replaced by excellent architecture and there is a planning agreement to provide really good community facilities."
Abdul Salem, from adult learning disability charity INCL, said his organisation had approached the church with plans to use the building.
"We have just had some funding secured from the local authority and this site would have been ideal for us."