South Ribble Council should close its Leyland cafe and stop catering for mayoral and civic events – as it can save £177,000 a year, it has been proposed.
Recommendations to close the commercial services department, which includes hiring rooms out for functions, will be put before the council’s cabinet committee this week.
If the councillors approve the suggestion on Wednesday, it would also mean that the six employee posts currently filled within commercial services will be ‘deleted’, according to a council report.
The document reads: “Feedback to date has been of general acceptance. There was already an understanding that commercial services was losing money and that it seemed ‘only a matter of time’ when the wider financial constraints the council faces would see the service being financially challenged.”
The move would see the Coppice Restaurant close down and cease trading. It is open to council staff and the public at the Civic Centre in West Paddock.
The function of room hire will move to Gateway, and other essential functions – elected member teas and mayoral and civic events – would be provided by external firms.
Other functions have already been passed on to other companies, such as Worden Park’s coffee shop.