Stoke & Staffordshire

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council plans community centre review

The future of community centres in part of Staffordshire is to be reviewed under plans put forward by the local authority.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is expected to set up a task group at a cabinet meeting later this month.

The group will look at all 15 of the council-owned community centres, which cost about £200,000 a year to run.

Councillor John Williams said no decisions had yet been made about any of the community centres.

One of the considerations will be to explore transferring council assets to community groups.

The council also said some community centres could be relocated into different buildings.

Mr Williams said: "The borough council is in a very difficult financial situation and therefore we must make sure we use all of our resources in the most efficient and effective way.

"We need to ensure the long-term viability of community facilities and that is why we plan to set up the task group.

"It will be asked to go away and look at a number of key issues, talk to users and other interested parties and then report back to cabinet so we can consider our options."

He added that the task group would consider the wider needs of communities, whether centres are meeting those, and if services can be improved.

It is expected to report back by spring 2013.

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