New simplified pricing structure for community centres tabled at executive board

Proposals to simplify the pricing arrangements for Leeds City Council community centres are set to be discussed by senior councillors next week.

Included as part of a report submitted to the council’s executive board on Wednesday 16 July, councillors will be asked to support a recommendation which will see various facilities at community centres available for hire, placed into three different categories offering one overall set cost. The three different pricing points will cover the following facilities; Large Rooms generally Halls, Delivery space-all other rooms and Kitchen for food preparation.

The present pricing policy at some community centres is quite complex, and the introduction of the set charges split into two categories, commercial and community rates, would if agreed, address this problem, and ensure it is clearer and easier for groups and organisations when attempting to book the facilities. As before, Community Committees can where appropriate, allow free lets by community groups.

This proposal builds on work by the Resources and Council Services Scrutiny Board that earlier this year made a number of recommendations as to how the pricing policy and letting process could be made easier at community centres.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

"Booking facilities at our community centres has sometimes been a complicated and complex process due to charges differing from building to building and often leaving the public perplexed. We have therefore decided to act by taking on board recommendations from the scrutiny board.

"We are simplifying things by dividing our facilities at community centres into just three categories with a set cost for each. These steps are intended to ensure that it is easier for people to book and know exactly what the rate is for community and commercial bookings. They will also soon be able to book and pay locally."

Notes to editors:

To find out more about the proposals, please see the following report to the executive board: http://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/documents/s118591/Community%20Centre%20Review%20Cover%20Report%20Appendices%20030714.pdf

Not included in the arrangements are Blackburn Hall, Morley Town Hall and Yeadon Town Hall, due to the different activity that takes place in these buildings, compared to standard community centres. It has been proposed therefore that the arrangements for these buildings stay the same at the current time.

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