Council chiefs have agreed the temporary closure of a number of buildings due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many of the buildings are still being checked for security reasons and maintained daily by the council. Some have staff working from home.
In a report, council officer Mark Mills said a number of services have closed and the number of staff working from offices has been substantially reduced.
“The open and closing of buildings on a daily basis requires a number of staff to ensure that the building remains safe and secure whilst open and that it is cleaned.
“Given the potential reduction in staffing numbers through illness and self-isolation, reducing the number of buildings operational for a period of time will reduce this pressure.
“The temporary closure of buildings will also reduce the utility costs for a period of time, this being a key saving given the additional financial pressures on the Council at present.”
The list of closed council buildings in West Leeds includes:
- Abbey House Museum & Gardens
- Adams Court, Armley
- Armley Leisure Centre
- Kirkstall Abbey (site)
- Kirkstall Leisure Centre
- Leeds Industrial Museum (Armley Mills)
- Pudsey Civic Hall
- Pudsey Leisure Centre
- Stocks Hill Centre, Chapel Lane,
- Calverley Mechanics Institute
- Swinnow Community Centre
There’s no mention of Pudsey Town Hall.
- Farnley Hall – under review
- Hough Lane, Bramley
- Strawberry Lane Community Centre – Permission to use offices and storage for food distribution and to provide telephone services and support to older people
- West Leeds Activity Centre
All council-run residential homes and children’s centres remain open. All libraries are closed until further notice.
The full city-wide list of closed and open buildings has been published in this report here.