As accusations fly between our local councillors over the suspension of the long overdue £250,000 refurbishment of Richmond Hill Community Centre COVEN understands that the decision not to go ahead with the project as originally planned was based solely on the fact that the source of the finance, a central fund, is now under review, as is all council funding. We also understand that the plans are on hold pending a full review of the money available when this process is finished, and after taking into account the effects of any further cuts in funding arising from the Government's spending review due on 20 October 2010, after that the fate of the building's future will be decided.
The assertion, apparently made by Cllr Pryke (Lib Dem) that the whole plan had been scuppered deliberately by the Labour Party, now the largest single party on Leeds City Council, and the ward councillor Ron Grahame is vehemently denied.
However, with our library facilities once again under threat of closure (the previous plan had been to relocate the library and Leedslearning.net to the Community Centre) we feel strongly that Richmond Hill cannot afford to lose this community resource, used by so many different local groups. Transport links with other more fortunate areas of the city are poor and extremely expensive.
COVEN will be watching closely to see how this matter progresses and will keep you informed.