What next for West Leeds Family Learning Centre site?


What would you like to see built on the site of the former West Leeds Family Learning Centre building?

The building, at Whingate in Armley, was demolished earlier this year after being deemed surplus to requirements by the council’s education department.

The site has stood empty since then – but last night’s Armley Forum meeting heard there are plans for the community to have its say on the future of the site.

Forum chairman Cllr Jim McKenna said council officers would attend the next Armley Forum meeting on January 19, 2016 to discuss future options for the site. He said:

“There has been talk about turning it into a public open space, but parks and countryside don’t want to take it on. They say it would cost £250,000 to transform the area and maintain it over coming years.”

Cllr McKenna said possible uses could be a care home, doctor’s surgery, or a small housing development with a park – but ideas were welcome

Cllr McKenna said the former Whingate School building had fallen into disrepair and anti-social behaviour ‘has been causing a lot of problems’ in the area prior to demolition.

“The site had been lying fallow for years,” he added. “Now its future is up for grabs.”


  1. It is far enough off my turf that I don’t think it proper to suggest what to do, but it seems to me that if the local community want a play area, then they ought to be able to pull together and build a play area.
    They would probably need some expert help, but one expert can direct a team of volunteers to do it well enough…



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