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Otley Core Resource Centre is hailed a success
11:30am Friday 27th September 2013 in Local news
A “fantastic facility being enjoyed daily by the community”.
That is Otley Town Council’ majority verdict on the first four months of Otley Core Resource Centre.
The converted Orchard Gate building, which serves as the council’s new base and a community hub, was opened in June.
It has already been used for everything from Otley Museum displays to awareness-raising campaigns and is also the location of new weekly police surgeries and outreach sessions by Jobcentre Plus.
The Labour-controlled council heard last week that the final costs of the project, which included refurb-ishment, fitting a lift and relocation expenses, came to £57,492 – £7,000 over budget.
Councillor John Eveleigh (Lab, Ashfield), however, was keen to emphasise the benefits.
He said: “The final cost was slightly more than anticipated but we now have a fantastic facility which is being used on a daily basis by the community, just as we envisaged.
“We’re able to deliver so much more and address the needs of the community.”
The report presented to the policy and resources committee also highlighted that in its first four months the Core had brought in £700 from room lettings for things like public consultations by housing developers and training events.
The Labour admin-istration has made the Core one of its flagship projects and it has also been backed by the council’s only Independent member, Councillor Nigel Francis (Ind, Danefield).
Many of the Liberal Democrat councillors have criticised the location of the new base and how it has been financed, with ward and town Councillor Sandy Lay (Lib Dem, Danefield) blasting the overspend as “a blatant failure to hold down costs”.
He added: “The Core came in over budget by 15 per cent. I seriously fear for the council’s finances in the medium to long term.”
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