Pagoda Centre transfers to
THE home of the award winning Chinese
Youth Orchestra is to be transferred to a community arts group.
Liverpool's cabinet is being asked to approve the granting of a 30 year lease at
a peppercorn rent for the Pagoda Centre in Henry Street to Pagoda Arts who has
coordinated activates at the centre since 2011. As well as the orchestra it
provides a number of services to improve the health and wellbeing of the Chinese
Activities at the centre include music, Tai Chi, dance, nursery, translation
service for Chinese speakers, social welfare/immigration advice, study groups,
Chinese local history, badminton, food hygiene training and various Chinese
Although the Council receives an annual rent of £13,500, the cost to the
authority in maintenance costs is £60,000 a year. Councillor Steve Munby,
cabinet member for neighbourhoods said:- "I am really
pleased by this proposal. It is good for Pagoda Arts,
good for the Chinese community and good for the Council.
In reality it formalises the current position. Although the building is owned by
the Council it has been operated by Pagoda Arts for some time; by leasing it it
means they can apply for grants which are not now available to them and we will
help them with any bids they wish to make.
This is a great example of partnership working between the Council and the
voluntary sector which will be of long-term benefit for the city's Chinese
Zi Lan Liao Director of Pagoda Arts said: "I am grateful for the
efforts of both Liverpool City Council and the Pagoda Arts committee. Both
parties have worked hard to find a workable solution to the long term
maintenance and administration issues in regard to the Pagoda Centre premises.
As we all know, due to the fiscal pressure applied to local Councils by central
government, this is a difficult time for the providers of community based
services. We are therefore delighted that the Pagoda Centre will be able to remain, for
the foreseeable future, in China Town, serving both Liverpool's Chinese
community, as well as the wider community of inner City Liverpool."