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Bramley Community Centre: Public meeting called

Bramley residents can share their views about the future of Bramley Community Centre.

As reported last month, senior councillors decided thelosure-threatened centre would remain open for the foreseeable future following a review into the future of ten community facilities across Leeds.

Bramley Elderly Action yesterday confirmed that it had organised a meeting as a result of concerns expressed by members at its Annual General Meeting in October. Local councillors offered to meet with BEA members to discuss the centre’s future.

The meeting will be held at 2pm on Monday, 18 January, at Bramley Community Centre on Waterloo Lane.

BEA uses the centre to house various groups. BEA General Manager Lee Ingham said:

“…we remain committed to working with the council to seek an effective use of this valuable community resource.”

Bramley ward councillor Kevin Ritchie told The Dispatch last month that plans for a hub – similar to Armley Town Street’s One Stop Centre – were still at a very early stage. He stressed no decision had been made regarding a potential site or timescale for the new facility, which could house some of the groups that currently use Bramley Community Centre.

He said the council was also open to the community asset transfer of Bramley Community Centre into the ownership of a local organisation, similar to the way council-owned Bramley Baths was taken over by a local group. He added:

“From a local councillors’ perspective we want the centre to remain open for local groups as long as there is a demand, until there is somewhere else to go in Bramley or someone else is managing it.”


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