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Have your say on neighbourhood services in north east of city

Published on Monday, June 6, 2016

PEOPLE who live in the north east of the city are being invited to tell the council how they would like to see neighbourhood services run in the future.

Leicester City Council is asking for people’s views on the way in which neighbourhood services are delivered in the wards of Belgrave, Humberstone and Hamilton, Rushey Mead, Thurncourt and Troon.

It’s part of the council’s Transforming Neighbourhood Services project, which is reviewing community provision to make sure that services are affordable and meet local people’s needs.

In other areas of the city, the project has seen services reorganised so that more is available at one location. For example, at the BRITE Centre in Braunstone, library services, adult learning, tenants’ support and community rooms are all offered in one building.

This approach has led to refurbishment and extended opening hours at some buildings, with investment in new self-service facilities.

Other buildings have been offered for community groups to express an interest in running.

There are 10 community buildings in the north east of the city, including libraries, community centres and youth centres.

Cllr Kirk Master, assistant city mayor responsible for neighbourhood services, said: “There are no proposals at this stage about how any of these buildings might be used in the future. What we’re doing now is asking residents to tell us which services and buildings they use.

“Government cuts mean we can’t keep on running neighbourhood services in the same way as we have in the past. But we’re committed to making sure that people have the services they need in their communities.

“That’s why we’re keen to hear people’s views on how we could run efficient, effective neighbourhood services in the future.”

The city council will then consider people’s ideas when it puts forward proposals for changes to neighbourhood services in the area. A full public consultation will be held once proposals are developed.

Residents can give their views from 6 June until 17 July by completing a questionnaire, which can be picked up from any council building in the area.

A series of drop-in sessions will also be held at buildings in the area, where residents can give their views. Ask staff for more details.

The questionnaire can also be filled in online at www.leicester.gov.uk/tns

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