Council looking to hand over two centres

NEW management arrangements are being considered for two borough community centres.

Cabinet members at North Tyneside Council have agreed to look into the possibility of having an outside organisation running Howdon and Shiremoor community centres.

The council currently runs five community centres, with the facilities at Howdon and Shiremoor being the two smallest.

A report to cabinet members said the authority’s three other centres – the White Swan Centre in Killingworth, Longbenton’s Oxford Centre and the John Willie Sams Centre in Dudley – were considered key components in delivering council services and facilities to local residents.

It added: “Both Howdon and Shiremoor community centres are valued community facilities.

“However, in recent years they have seen a need for invigoration and a greater impact on the communities they serve.”

Coun Glynis Barrie, cabinet member for leisure, culture, tourism and safer communities, said the move could save the council £180,000 a year in running costs.