It is unsurprising given the extremely bleak financial climate facing public bodies that Birmingham City Council is seeking to maximise income from its property portfolio.
The volunteers running Aston Manor Transport Museum appear to have taken a pragmatic approach to news that their rent-free occupation of the council-owned building is coming to an end.
They are determined to buy the property from the council, although a number of stumbling blocks are already making life difficult. The museum is worth £500,000, according to the council, which seems a little high given that the redevelopment opportunities for a Grade 11 listed building in Aston would appear to be limited.
Alternatively, the council is offering to lease the building at £43,000 a year, a commercial rent way beyond the reach of the museum trustees.
On the face of it this would appear to be a classic example of the difficulties the Government is having in pursuing its Big Society agenda.
The Localism Bill includes a community asset transfer provision to help voluntary groups take on public buildings, although evidence is emerging of councils making a dash for cash by disposing of properties to the highest bidder. This must not happen to Aston Manor Transport Museum.