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Councillors to debate planned closure of Farsley care home – as Pudsey Park responses top 2,000

Councillors on the Outer West Community Committee will debate the proposed closure of Richmond House Care Home in Farsley next month.

Leeds council faces a £119m budget shortfall for 2021/22, which are partly due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on council services and revenue collection.

Part of the proposals to save money include the closure of Richmond House, a 20-bed residential service offering short-term care and support to people who require a period of recovery following a hospital admission. The service also offers support to people from the community to prevent hospital admission.

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition opposing the closure.

The meeting of Outer West councillors will be streamed live on the LCC YouTube page, which can be accessed via http://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx.

The consultation period starts from 9am on Monday 4th January 2021 and will run for 12 weeks. The deadline for responding is on Friday 26th March 2021 at 5pm. During these dates the online consultation can be accessed here.

The Outer West Committee are inviting submissions from the public on this topic that may be read out during the meeting.

If you would like to request a submission form please contact communitycommitteefunding@leeds.gov.uk.

The Outer West Community Committee is made up of five Conservative councillors, three Green and one Labour. Committee members last month criticised the planned closure of the West Leeds Country Park Visitor Centre in Pudsey Park.

WLD first reported on the planned closure here.

Under threat: West Leeds Country Park Visitor Centre. © Copyright Betty Longbottom and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence

Pudsey Park consultation results ‘due next month’

Leeds City Council has revealed that it has received a total of 2,030 responses to a public consultation into the future of the West Leeds Country Park Visitor Centre,

Proposals for Pudsey Park include demolishing the existing visitor centre and – if there is a business case – replacing it with a modular cafe with a terrace and toilets in a bid to save £90,000.

Additional proposals include reducing the size of the popular play park by two thirds by relocating it to the area occupied by the current glass house, which would be demolished.

The proposals have met with widespread opposition, with a petition opposing the changes being signed by more than 2,500 people.

The results of the consultation should be revealed by the council by mid January.

WLD cutswatch

Check out WLD’s Cutswatch series of articles chronicling proposed cuts in West Leeds.

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