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Community centres to be leased to local organisations

Published on Thursday, January 19, 2017

THREE community centres in the city are to be leased to local organisations, which will run them and ensure they continue to be open for public use.

New Parks, Manor House and Home Farm community centres will be transferred to the organisations as part of the council’s Transforming Neighbourhood Services (TNS) programme.

New Parks Community Centre will be leased to Team Troupers Dance Academy on a five-year lease. Home Farm, in Beaumont Leys, will be leased to the Beaumont Leys Muslims group, also on a five-year lease, while Manor House, off Narborough Road, will be run by the Mosaic Church on a 25-year lease.

All three groups are existing users of the buildings, and have committed to ensuring ongoing public access to the centres.

City mayor Peter Soulsby said: “We have to look at how to deliver services differently, because the council needs to find £55million of savings on top of the £100million it has already made.

“Offering some of our buildings for other groups to run is an important part of our programme to transform neighbourhood services. We want to ensure people still get access to the sorts of facilities and activities we know they value.”

The three centres will be offered for lease for a peppercorn rent, with the organisations taking on full responsibility for the repair and upkeep of the buildings.

The terms of the new leases specify that the buildings must remain accessible to the whole community.

Peter Soulsby added: “We carefully considered eight applications to run these buildings, and have chosen the ones that most closely met our criteria, which included ensuring continued access to the public, not increasing hire charges in their first year of operating, and making sure any future increases after that time are fair and reasonable.

“I look forward to seeing how these groups expand the services on offer in these neighbourhoods in the future.”

Work will now begin with the organisations to finalise the leases.