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Thurnby Lodge scout hut decision announced

04/01/2013

CITY Mayor Peter Soulsby has announced his decision on the future use of a former scout hut and council community buildings in Thurnby Lodge.

The city council has consulted local people on two options for the use of the premises, with the aim meeting both the needs of local Muslim group the As-Salaam Trust, and other local residents. The consultation finished just before Christmas.

Peter Soulsby said: “The results of the consultation show the vast majority of people who responded are in favour of the community taking on responsibility for the former scout hut, and As-Salaam taking on the Raven centre.

“This option meets everyone needs, and I am therefore offering both groups the opportunity to make this happen.

“We have had a long period of research, discussion and consultation. It’s now very important for all concerned that we take this decision and move forward in a positive manner.”

The council had put forward two options for people to consider. The preferred option (option one) is for the city council to buy the lease of the former scout hut on Nursery Road and give responsibility for operating the building to an organisation formed by, and for the benefit of, local residents.

Under this option the council will also grant a lease to the As-Salaam Trust for the Raven Centre, which is on the same site as the Thurnby Lodge Community Centre where As-Salaam currently meet.

The small number of services currently provided at the Raven Centre would be moved to the community centre or other facilities in the area.

The second option was for the council to buy the scout hut lease and re-lease it to As-Salaam. The Raven Centre and Thurnby Lodge Youth and Community Centre would have continued to be available for other local people and groups to use.

More than 7,000 leaflets containing a questionnaire were delivered to homes in Netherhall and Thurncourt to tell residents about the proposals and to ask for their views.

More than 1,400 responses were received by the council. 1046 were in favour of option one. Option two was chosen by 125 people, 120 people gave no preference, and 116 returns were blank.

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