In 2014, we reviewed neighbourhood services in the west area of Leicester; Braunstone and Rowley Fields, Fosse, Westcotes and Western Park wards.
In order to move services together so we have fewer buildings, we talked to local people to help us plan the best way to provide services in the future.
In phase one we held focus groups across the area and people could also comment online or paper forms. Having considered all the views that were put forward, we published proposals and held a second formal consultation in July and August 2014.
We made our final decision in September 2014 - you can see a summary of the decision below.
Westcotes Library has been refurbished to provide additional community space, more computers and a self-service kiosk. The Braunstone STAR (Supporting Tenants and Residents) office has moved into the BRITE Centre, a multi-service centre which also houses a library, community rooms, adult learning service, cafe and a training kitchen.
Three of our buildings in the west area are to be leased to local organisations to manage. This will ensure that they continue to be open for use by the whole community. Newfoundpool Neighbourhood Centre is being leased to the Leicester Events Group which works with young people to develop dance and acting skills. Cort Crescent Community Centre is going to be leased by the Forward in Faith Ministry which plans facilities for education, fitness and life skills. Trinity Life Church will take on the Braunstone Oak Centre where it wants to develop a new childcare service, a job club and a cafe.