Councillors 'frustrated' over plans to close Pudsey Park Visitor Centre

Frustrated Local councillors in Pudsey have voiced their concern at a proposal to potentially close the Pudsey Park Visitor Centre.

Friday, 16th October 2020, 11:45 am

The plans were published as part of the Council’s budget savings proposals due to be considered by senior councillors next Wednesday (October 21).

Plans put forward would see a public consultation take place on the closure of West Leeds Country Park visitor centre in Pudsey Park, producing a £90,000 saving for the authority.

But local councillors Trish Smith and Simon Seary (Pudsey Ward) are speaking out against the closure plans and have expressed their frustration at not being consulted.

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Councillor Trish Smith (Pudsey Ward) said it was "extremely concerning" to learn of the proposal and potential closure of the "much loved" facility.

She said she had not been consulted on the plans before they were released and called for greater engagement with local councillors.

Councillor Smith said: "It is extremely concerning to learn of this proposal to close the visitor centre in Pudsey Park.

"This is a much loved facility that encourages visitors and really distinguishes Pudsey from other neighbouring parks.

"It would be a real loss to the community if it closed, and a further blow to add to the recent closure of the town hall.

“I am also disappointed that we have not been consulted on these plans.

"I am calling for much greater engagement with local councillors and the community over the future of the centre.”

Councillor Simon Seary (Pudsey Ward) said the plans were "deeply disappointing" and will cause anxiety in the local community.

He continued: "We need to support our local parks and encourage people to visit them, not close the facilities that people care about.

“It’s also frustrating that we have not been involved in any of these discussions about the visitor centre’s future, and this must change.

"Why not engage with local councillors who know the area best and can contribute ideas?

"As local councillors we will be working hard to get the best outcome we can for the local community.”

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