Council officials made the “wrong decision” to hold a party at a Leeds centre just one day after its closure.
The West Park Centre, which is set to face the wrecking ball, was closed in November last year because of ‘hazardous’ electrics.
But the following day, a party attended by the then Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Ann Castle, was held at the site.
Members of Leeds City Council’s sustainable economy and culture scrutiny board heard that it was the “wrong decision” to allow the party to go-ahead.
A report to the panel, who met yesterday, said: “It is acknowledged that this was the wrong decision and the event should not have been allowed to proceed following the decision to temporarily close the centre the previous day.”
Members of the authority’s executive board gave the green light to demolish the centre in August.
They agreed to release £800,000 from the sale of the land to build a new community facility or invest in existing buildings.
But campaigners and former centre users called for the decision to be scrutinised.
During the meeting the panel examined the centre’s temporary closure and its deterioration leading up to the closure.
The evidence will inform the board’s final report and recommendations on lessons to be learned from the centre’s closure.
Councillor Judith Chapman (Lib Dem, Weetwood) said: “The meeting looked at the events running up to the centre being closed because of health and safety reasons.
“For the centre to be closed very quickly on a Friday night one has to look at how we got to that point and why it wasn’t closed sooner.
“The officers and the councillors are in agreement that we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again and that we have a way of making sure our buildings are maintained.
“Everyone agreed that we should not have the building open because of health and safety reasons.”
Coun Chapman confirmed that there has been no date set for the centre’s demolition.
The YEP recently reported that some former users of the centre are struggling to find suitable accommodation.