We asked for people’s views on the way that we provide neighbourhood services in the north east area of the city. Our proposals included changing the way that we use community buildings to deliver services. The proposals were drawn up following a previous engagement exercise where we asked for more general views on what neighbourhood services might look like in the future.
You said that there is good support for some of our proposals, including making improvements to Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre, keeping Thurnby Lodge Youth and Community Centre and developing community access to Hamilton Library. That community groups need training, guidance and support so that they understand what is expected of them if they decide to take over the day-to-day running of community buildings. That there are strong concerns about the proposals for moving Belgrave Library into Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre at this time. That there are concerns about changing lunch club provision at Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre. That there are concerns about amalgamating services into one of the two buildings at Rushey Mead. That alternative suggestions should be investigated for the two buildings in the Netherhall area. That there are concerns around the consequences for existing groups, if centres change to be managed by outside organisations rather than by the council. That there are concerns with regard to increased travel distance for some customers where services are moved to other centres.
The proposals have been updated following consultation. Proposals mean that services provided in the north east area of the city are protected. Several buildings in the area will have a new future providing a wider range of neighbourhood services under one roof. Belgrave Library will not move into Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre at this time. We will provide support sessions for community organisations to advise them on how to develop a business case if they wish to take over the running of an available building. We will review the need to undertake further consultation to explore alternative suggestions made with regard to community buildings at Netherhall. Plans are being developed for all of the buildings that are no longer required for community use. This means that they will not remain empty, but will either be reused, or they will be demolished so that the land can be used for housing development, or ownership of the building will be transferred to another group or organisation. The council will work with existing groups to ensure that their needs are considered when any changes in the arrangements for the management of buildings are agreed. After these proposals have been considered by the council’s scrutiny committee an executive decision will be made.
Leicester City Council is reorganising neighbourhood services across the city. This
includes libraries, community and youth centres and adult learning centres.
Significant cuts in government funding mean that we cannot continue to run services as we do now. But before making any proposals, in June and July 2016 we spoke to local people in the north east area of the city to find out what they wanted from their services. We also asked for suggestions for the future.
Why We Are Consulting
Now we have developed a way forward and we would like to know your views. These proposals bring services together and make savings.
We are holding two events to discuss the proposals on Monday 26 September, 6 - 7.30pm at Hamilton Library and on Tuesday 27 September, 6.30 - 8pm at Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre. Please come along, or give your views below.
What Happens Next
We will consider all the feedback received during this consultation before taking a decision on final proposals .