Review to be held into Newcastle community centres

No decisions have been taken over the future of council owned community centres in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Cabinet members have decided to press ahead with a review of the borough’s 15 centres, looking at the needs of locals compared with current provision.

Council Leader Gareth Snell said: "This is the first step in what will be a detailed and thorough process. However, we need to make several things crystal clear.

"Firstly, no decisions have been taken at this stage on what is going to happen to any of our community centres and none will be made until this review process is complete and Cabinet has heard from key groups such as management committees, centre users and our partners.

"Secondly, this review is not a smoke screen to justify the closure of any centres or offloading them to anyone else.

"Thirdly, in difficult financial times we have a duty to make sure all public resources are used efficiently and effectively. This review will therefore assess the needs of local communities against the provision currently offered – by the council and others – and then trying to align the two in a better way.”

The borough council’s budget for the provision of community centres for this financial year is £203,560.

A detailed plan of how the review is going to work and who will be asked to be involved is likely to produced later this year with Cabinet not likely to make any firm decisions on what it intends to do before spring 2013.

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