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Leeds Visitor Centre to move in £50k savings bid

Leeds Visitor Centre Image copyright Google
Image caption The visitor centre is set to move from its home of 20 years at Leeds railway station

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.

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