‘Anx­i­ety’ as re­view into cen­tres to run un­til early 2018

Com­mu­nity

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

The slow­ness of a re­view into com­mu­nity cen­tres in Peter­bor­ough is said to be caus­ing anx­i­ety.

Caro­line Rowan, com­mu­nity ca­pac­ity as­sis­tant man­ager at Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, ad­mit­ted there were frus­tra­tions at the length of time the re­view was tak­ing.

The re­view is now set to end in early 2018 hav­ing be­gun with an ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion in 2014 which at­tracted 5,100 re­sponses.

Once it is con­cluded, the coun­cil an­tic­i­pates that the cen­tres will ei­ther stay as they are, be trans­ferred to an in­di­vid­ual or­gan­i­sa­tion or city­wide trust, have the use of its build­ing change­dorbe­dis­posed of.

The lat­ter would be a “last re­sort” ac­cord­ing to Ms Rowan. She told coun­cil­lors on a coun­cil scru­tiny com­mit­tee: “There­has­been­some­frus­tra­tion about the speed of things and anx­i­ety about what is go­ing to hap­pen to the cen­tres which is why we are pri­ori­tis­ing go­ing out to speak to each cen­tre.

“Pre­vi­ous­lythiswas­partof my over­all role, but now it’s a full-time role. Hope­fully that will mean­thingswill­start­pro­gress­ing bet­ter.”

Cllr Stu­art Martin, mem­ber­forBret­ton, said:“We­seem to have beentalk­ing about the trans­fer of as­sets for a heck of a long time.

“I’m aware Bret­ton Par­ish Coun­cil are ea­ger to take over the run­ning of two cen­tres in Bret­ton and they are frus­trat­ed­noth­ing seem­sto­have­hap­pened to date.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed this is run­ning un­til early 2018.”

The coun­cil owns 31 com­mu­ni­ty­cen­tre­san­dleas­es­two more.

Cllr Stu­art Martin

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