Bramley Elderly Action to manage Bramley Community Centre

By Rob Cook, Communications Co-ordinator, Bramley Elderly Action

Leeds City Council has formally agreed the asset transfer of Bramley Community Centre to Bramley Elderly Action , who will manage the centre as a resource for the whole community to use. BEA hopes to make the move to the community centre in 2017.

The heart of Bramley

The centre, on Waterloo Lane (near Bramley Shopping Centre in the heart of Bramley) was facing an uncertain future. It is currently used by local older people for regular activities such as:

It also hosts a number of community groups, including Bramley Historical Society and Bramley Luncheon Club.

BEA is very keen that those groups continue to use the centre, and for others to do so too, as well as it being used for more one-off family and community events.

BEA will also move their staff to the building.  BEA will continue to run activities for the whole community from Bramley Lawn (which they took on as an asset transfer in 2014).

Easier access for local people

Together, the two centres will give much easier access for local older people to BEA staff and activities. BEA will continue to run activities and services for older people across the Bramley, Swinnow and Stanningley areas.

Overwhelming local support

Visitors to an open day BEA held at the Centre in October 2016 showed overwhelming support for the change, and the initiative also has the full support of the three Bramley & Stanningley Councillors: Caroline Gruen, Julie Heselwood and Kevin Ritchie.

The Council’s decision invites BEA to take on a 25 year lease with a peppercorn rent. The Council will carry out essential repair work identified in a recent condition survey before the lease begins.