Transforming Neighbourhood Services - South area

Closed 14 Feb 2014

Opened 10 Jan 2014

Feedback Updated 7 Apr 2014

We Asked

We asked for people’s views on a set of proposals put forward by the council for transforming the way buildings are used in the South of the city to provide neighbourhood services. This was following a previous consultation where more general views were sought on how the council should approach this transformation.

You Said

You said that the retention of locality based services is more important than the retention of specific buildings. There was, however, support for the retention of two buildings – namely Southfields Library and the Linwood Centre.

We Did

The proposals ensure that services delivered by the areas in scope are protected, but that they will be provided from fewer buildings in the area. We used the views expressed to refine the proposals and are working with the community to ensure that the implementation of the proposals is carried out responsively and sensitively. The buildings that are no longer required have proposed alternative uses or agreed ways forward. This means that none will not be left empty and they will be either reused, demolished and land cleared for housing development, or the ownership of the building will be transferred to a community group that meets the necessary criteria.

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Overview

In April 2013 Leicester City Council announced a programme to reorganise neighbourhood services across the city. This includes libraries, community centres, adult learning and local customer service points.

Significant cuts in government funding mean that we cannot continue to run services as we do now. But before drawing up any proposals, we wanted to talk to local communities to find out what they wanted from their services in future.

We invited members of the public and local organisations to get involved and give us their ideas. We also divided the city up into six areas, to be considered in turn. The south area of Leicester is the first one we have looked at: Aylestone, Eyres Monsell, Freemen and Knighton wards.

In spring/summer 2013, 299 people across the city gave us their initial comments via a form and online consultation. Over the autumn, we held meetings and information sessions across the south area; there was also an online questionnaire. In total 110 people gave their views. You can read a summary of the responses online at consultations.leicester.gov.uk/we_asked_you_said or pick up a copy in your library or community centre.

Why We Are Consulting

We have listened to all of the views that were put forward. We also collected information about council buildings in the area to find out what they are used for, running costs and how many people use them.

Now we have developed a way forward and we would like to know your views and preferences. These options bring services together and make savings.

Areas

  • Aylestone
  • Eyres Monsell
  • Knighton

Audiences

  • Children and young people
  • Working-age people
  • Older people
  • Carers
  • Full-time and part-time workers
  • Disabled people
  • Older households (65+)
  • Single people
  • Families with children, including lone parents
  • Couples
  • All households
  • Faith groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Youth clubs
  • Carers' network
  • Trade unions
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Community organisations
  • Self-help groups
  • User groups
  • Third sector infrastructure groups
  • All Voluntary and Community Organisations
  • Advocacy organisation
  • Police
  • NHS
  • FE colleges
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Businesses
  • All Public and Private Organisations
  • Directors
  • Heads of service
  • Managers, team leaders and supervisors
  • Professionals
  • All staff
  • Service users
  • Care home residents and their next of kin

Interests

  • Neighbourhood services
  • Public participation
  • Libraries
  • Community centres
  • Adult learning