Centre summit plans the way ahead in cut threat

Gildersome Youth Centre is one of three in the area that is earmarked for closure.
Gildersome Youth Centre is one of three in the area that is earmarked for closure.

A summit involving local community centre users and councillors has come up with plans to prevent the threatened closure of two centres in the Morley area.

Community centre groups, who use the threatened centres at Lewisham Park and Gildersome Youth Centre, agreed a way ahead with councillors to look at delivering a sustainable future for both centres.

Coun Wyn Kidger said: “The Lewisham Park centre does excellent work with children, young people and the disabled and it is essential we find a way to keep the centre open. Our discussions explored the option of the local groups taking over the centre. “This would provide a good solution as the centre would be better used and more revenue brought in to support it.”

Lewisham Park Centre users will meet with Leeds City Council officers to explore the options for a community take-over of the building which will cut costs as well as increase usage at the centre.

Coun Bob Gettings said: “The groups using the youth centre in Gildersome were keen to explore the options of transferring to Gildersome Community Centre but that would probably require an extension to accommodate all groups. We are looking for a commitment from Leeds City Council that funds which might be generated from the sale of the youth centre would be used to improve and extend the Meeting Hall.”