Consultation on services in north east of city

Published on 12 September 2016

A CONSULTATION is being launched asking people to give their views on plans to reorganise neighbourhood services in the north-east of the city.

The consultation, which runs from 12 September until 23 October, is asking for people’s opinions on proposals for how neighbourhood services are delivered in the wards of Belgrave, Humberstone and Hamilton, Rushey Mead, Thurncourt and Troon.

It’s part of the council’s Transforming Neighbourhood Services project, which is reviewing community provision to make sure that services are affordable and meet local people’s needs.

In June and July, people were asked to put forward their ideas for the reorganisation of services in the area. These ideas have been considered and the city council is now consulting on specific proposals for change.

Proposals include the possibility of moving Belgrave Library and some adult learning classrooms into Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre. Parts of the neighbourhood centre could be redecorated, and kitchen facilities could be reorganised.

Automated library and customer service terminals could also be added to the centre.

Some alterations could be made to the Armadale Centre, in Netherhall, to allow it to accommodate some community activities which currently take place at the nearby Netherhall Neighbourhood Centre. Netherhall Neighbourhood Centre could then be sold, or transferred to a community group for them to run.

Improvements to access at Hamilton Library could be made to allow more community use of the building, while in Rushey Mead, options could be explored to combine community services in either the library or the recreation centre building. The other building could then be sold or transferred to a community group for them to run.

Community groups and the city council could work together to increase usage at Thurnby Lodge Youth and Community centre, perhaps by relocating activities here from other nearby centres. The city council would also work with partners to look at ways of reducing the building’s running costs.

As part of the plans, Northfields Neighbourhood and Youth Centre and Ocean Road Community Centre could both be sold or offered for community groups to run, under the council’s asset transfer programme.

The city council would work with existing groups at both of these venues to help them find alternative locations that suit their needs.

Cllr Kirk Master, assistant city mayor responsible for neighbourhood services, said: “It’s important to stress that these are just proposals at this stage – no decisions have yet been made, as we want to see what people think of these plans.

“Government cuts mean it simply isn’t possible for us to continue running services as we do now. But we know how much people value having access to services in their communities, and by maximising the use of our buildings we can continue to provide these services in neighbourhoods.

“Some of the proposals have been made after listening to the participants of the first phase of the consultation, who had some great ideas and suggestions.

“This approach has worked well in other areas of the city, where buildings such as the Brite Centre, the Pork Pie Centre and St Matthews Centre have been improved to deliver a wider range of services.”

To take part in the consultation, pick up a paper form from council venues across the wards of Belgrave, Humberstone and Hamilton, Rushey Mead, Thurncourt and Troon.

People can also attend a public consultation event at Hamilton Library on Monday 26 September at 6pm, or one at Belgrave Neighbhourhood Centre on Tuesday 27 September at 6.30pm.

Alternatively, take part in the consultation online at www.leicester.gov.uk/tns

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