Have your say on neighbourhood services in east of city
Published on 11 January 2017
PEOPLE who use neighbourhood services in the east and central areas of Leicester are being invited to have their say on how services are run in the future.
Leicester City Council is asking for people’s views on the way in which neighbourhood services are delivered in the wards of Castle, Evington, North Evington, Spinney Hills, Stoneygate and Wycliffe.
It’s part of the council’s Transforming Neighbourhood Services project, which is reviewing community services to make sure that they are affordable and meet local people’s needs.
The city council needs to save £1.7million in neighbourhood services across the city, and is looking at ways of doing this while making sure a wide range of services continue to be delivered. Overall, the city council is having to make savings of £55 million across all of its services, on top of £100million it has already made.
In other areas of the city, the project has involved making better use of community buildings by consolidating services in one place. This approach has led to refurbishment and extended opening hours at some buildings, with investment in new self-service facilities.
Other buildings have been offered for community groups to express an interest in running.
There are 11 community buildings in the north east of the city, including libraries, community and youth centres, and housing offices.
Cllr Kirk Master, assistant city mayor responsible for neighbourhood services, said: “At the moment no proposals have been drawn up about how these buildings could be used in the future.
“We want residents to tell us which services and buildings they use. We know that we can’t keep on running services as we do now, because of significant cuts to our funding from central Government.
“We’re looking at how we can make better use of our buildings to protect services wherever possible. We’re keen to hear people’s views on how we could run cost-effective, efficient neighbourhood services in the future.”
The city council will consider people’s ideas when it draws up proposals for changes to services. These proposals will then be put forward for full public consultation.
Residents can give their views from 9 January until 19 February 2017 by completing a questionnaire, which can be picked up from any council building in the area.
A series of drop-in sessions will also be held at buildings in the area, where residents can give their views. Ask staff for more details.
The questionnaire can also be filled in online at www.leicester.gov.uk/tns