After a full public consultation, we approved proposals for neighbourhood services in the south area of Leicester. This covers the wards of Aylestone, Eyres Monsell, Saffron and Knighton.
These proposals were developed after extensive discussions with the local community. They included the refurbishing of Southfields (now - Pork Pie Library and Community Centre) Library to include new community and learning facilities.
The revamped Pork Pie Library and Community Centre opened in May 2015, with new facilities including a kitchenette, more computers and a key fob access system which gives groups out-of-hours access to the building. The library, adult learning and community services all operate from the building.
The Linwood Centre, in Linwood Lane, will see its workshop units extended, giving more businesses the chance to move in, potentially bringing up to 40 jobs to the area. A pre-school still operates from this site, while community and learning services have moved to the improved Pork Pie Library and Community Centre.
A new self-service library was also installed at Eyres Monsell Community Centre. Services which were provided at Southfields Drive Community Centre has also moved to the improved Pork Pie Library and Community Centre. The building is now being reused by a community enterprise.
The former Aylestone Library building on Richmond Road was transferred to community management and now houses a childcare service.