Leeds Visitor Centre to move in £50k savings bid
Leeds Visitor Centre is set to move from its home of 20 years in a bid to save £50,000.
The tourist hub will move from the railway station to Leeds Art Gallery when its lease expires in November.
Leeds City Council said it was not in a position to extend the Wellington Street tenancy, which is set to increase in cost.
A cabinet report said moving would help pay for 'technology enhancements' such as iPads and pop-up touch-screens.
Councillor Richard Lewis said: "Leeds Art Gallery is a prominent city centre location offering high quality retail space.
"Moving the visitor centre here removes the need to pay rent to a private landlord and significantly lowers running costs, whilst enabling investment in online, mobile, pop up services and city ambassadors."
The council approved the plans at a meeting earlier. The move would see the cost of running the service fall to £144,000 a year.
It said relocating to an authority-owned building would "modernise and increase the reach of the service".
The centre is the second busiest tourist information centre in the UK and attracts 500,000 visitors annually.