The West Park Centre was closed, literally overnight and without warning, in November 2012. Over the past 20 years it has been home to ArtForms (the schools' Music & Arts service), the Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service, YAMSEN (Yorkshire Association of Music for Special Needs - a charity dedicated to providing musical opportunities to people of all ages with special needs), the Irish Arts Foundation, Blah Blah Blah theatre company and a huge number of local charities and community/arts/fitness groups. It had a footfall of approximately 2000 people per week.
Some of these organisations have now been rehoused (albeit temporarily in many cases). However, the sudden closure has caused widespread devestation to many of the services and their users, including many disabled or vulnerable children and adults.
Leeds City Council has prevaricated over the future of the building for many years without properly consulting its users, and continutes to do so. It currently claims to be investigating the merits of two possible options - partial demolition (with the balance renovated and re-opened) and total demolition. It has published grossly misleading figures on the demand for the building, and the possible costs of renovation (some of which are examined at http://victoriajaquiss.blogspot.com).
The only acceptable outcome is for the disruption and inconvenience to some of the most vulnerable people in Leeds to end NOW, and for the centre to be re-opened in its entirity as a matter of urgency.
This ePetition ran from 13/04/2013 to 16/07/2013 and has now finished.
524 people signed this ePetition.
Following the closure of your e-petition ‘Re-open West Park Centre’ the e-petition will be considered as part of the report submitted to Executive Board which will consider the options for the future of the West Park Centre. That report is due to be considered on 17th July 2013.