Decision details

Proposed Development of Winstanley Contact Centre

Decision Maker: Deputy City Mayor - Social Care and Anti-Poverty

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve the refurbishment of the Winstanley Centre, which was previously a community centre, and to establish a bespoke contact centre for children in the care of the Local Authority (CLA) and their families.


1)    To approve the conversion of the Winstanley Centre on Blackmore Road (which was formerly a community centre) into a new contact centre, for children looked after by the Local Authority and their families.


2)    To approve capital expenditure of £685k for the development works at Winstanley Centre, which will be funded by the Extra Care Schemes policy provision (current balance £4.5m).


Reasons for the decision:

The creation of this contact centre is required due to a change of use of its previous site at Belvoir Drive. That property has been developed into a children’s home for children with complex needs under the Council’s Placement Sufficiency Strategy.

The proposed development will create a fully accessible building and safe meeting space for vulnerable children in care and their families.


Alternative options:

To develop a bespoke contact centre at the Winstanley Centre, Blackmore Road.

Publication date: 16/01/2023

Date of decision: 16/01/2023

Effective from: 24/01/2023

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