Active Leeds at Leeds City Council has created a short survey to gather feedback and inform their savings proposal for the next financial year.

Like many councils, Leeds City Council faces significant challenges with their budget. This is due to the impact of coronavirus and also reductions in funding from central government.

The council is committed to protecting the services that support the most vulnerable people in our city, and to making sure that the Leeds economy is in the best possible position to recover from coronavirus. However the £119million gap in the budget for the next financial year (April 2021 to March 2022) has to be addressed, so the council has developed a series of savings proposals.

These include reducing the number of council employees and buildings, which will mean less money is spent on wages and keeping buildings open and maintained. Some buildings will also be sold, with the proceeds helping to close the budget gap.

Leeds City Council wants to make sure that people understand any changes being proposed that affect them, and have the chance to give their views. Once this consultation has been completed, the decision will be made on whether the proposed savings will go ahead. In response, a number of proposals have been put forward including three affecting Active Leeds provision.

This consultation will provide more detailed information on current provision and seeks views on how savings can be achieved to contribution to the budget gap identified.

  1. Withdrawal from the service level agreement to support the operation of community use of Chippendale Pool with Otley Prince Henry’s Academy Trust
  2. To close the Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre in Yeadon.
  3. Explore establishing a partnership with a 3rd party (e.g. the LTA) to operate the existing tennis Centres on a lease or licence arrangement.

We will also be looking at other activities and facilities at this time to ensure any impact is mitigated where possible by these proposals, by engaging with stakeholder’s and users to ensure access to activities are still available.

To take part in this survey visit: https://surveys.leeds.gov.uk/s/OUMURT/

Or if you wish to provide feedback via email, please email [email protected]