Village meeting hall takeover deal close

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Drighlington Rugby Club are close to a deal which would see them taking over the village’s meeting hall from Leeds City Council.

The council is in the process of changing the way a number of community centres across the city are run, as they look to make savings in next year’s budget.

A meeting between community campaigners and councillors earlier this month saw the move agreed in principle, with a final decision to be made by Leeds City Council’s Executive Committee. Should the plans be approved, a takeover is expected to take place by the end of the year. It is understood the rugby club would be keen to extend the meeting hall building, should they gain control.

Robert Finnigan, who has overseen discussions said: “The club have talked to local organisations including Drighlington Parish Council and community centre user groups who all fully support this proposal.”