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.