Hiring local facilities to become easier after ‘complex’ system goes

Coun Peter Gruen. Picture: James Hardisty.
Coun Peter Gruen. Picture: James Hardisty.
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hiring out facilities at Leeds City Council community centres is set to become a much simpler process when changes are introduced on May 1.

A new, simplified pricing and booking system is being brought in after complaints from the public that the existing arrangements were too confusing and complex.

Overseen by local Community Committees, the new arrangements will see prices set for commercial organisations and a reduced rate for community groups.

As before, each Community Committee will be able to, where appropriate, offer free lets to local residents, groups and organisations. And processes will be set up in each area for the local approval of free lettings.

It is estimated around three quarters of the 300-plus regular lettings are currently let for free.

Councillor Peter Gruen, executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services, said: “With continued pressures on the council’s budget, we want to ensure that our community centres are being used as much as possible and are also providing the best possible service and facilities to local residents.

“I believe the simplifying of pricing and booking arrangements will have a very important part to play in helping us achieve these goals.”

As previously reported in the YEP, the council is on a cost-cutting drive to save £250,000 by 2017 in the running of its community centres.

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