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Community centres offered for local groups to run

Published on Thursday, September 22, 2016

LOCAL groups are being given the chance to run three of the city’s community centres as part of Leicester City Council’s plan to transform neighbourhood services.

New Parks Community Centre, Home Farm Neighbourhood Centre and Manor House Neighbourhood Centre are being offered for lease to local groups for them to run, under the council’s community asset transfer policy.

It means the buildings could be run by community organisations, who would provide access to the buildings for new and existing user groups as part of their business plan.

Community organisations will be invited to develop a business case to take on the lease of the buildings.

Cllr Kirk Master, assistant city mayor responsible for neighbourhood services, said: “By offering these buildings for local groups to run, we’re giving people the opportunity to deliver the community activities they want to see in their area.

“We’ve consulted local people about changes to neighbourhood services, and the proposal to transfer these buildings in this way is part of the changes we have agreed.

“We have to change the way we run community services, because Government cuts means we can’t afford to continue to run all buildings as we do now. By offering up these buildings for lease, users of these venues will get the chance to continue to use them.

“Income would be generated by people who book space at these venues, and that money would go to the groups running the buildings, to help meet running costs.”

The city council estimates around £85,000 would be saved by transferring these three buildings for community groups to run.

There has already been interest from community organisations in taking on the running of these buildings. The opportunity will now be advertised through the city council’s property shop, to ensure all and any interested groups are aware of this chance.

Independent support will be provided for all interested groups to help them put together a good business plan. Meetings are being held for groups to find out more at New Parks Community Centre, taking place at 6pm on 5 October and 10am on 6 October.

Further workshops will take place later in October, with interested groups needing to submit a final business case by 25 November.

To find out more, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/propertyshop

More information about the Transforming Neighbourhood Services programme is available at www.leicester.gov.uk/tns

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