Meeting room ‘could not fit everyone in’

A public meeting had to be staged in a Leicester sports hall, after the meeting room initially chosen proved to be too small.

Some 600 people attended a meeting at Beaumont Leys leisure centre this week to discuss plans to set up three travellers’ sites in the northern part of the city.

According to the Leicester Mercury, local residents flocked to express their views on the plans to the Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby and other council officials.

The leisure centre was selected after a meeting organised in February had to be cancelled due to capacity issues.

Some 400 people from Leicester’s Abbey and Beaumont Leys areas attempted to fit into a room designed for 80, causing the event to be postponed.

The recent experience of Leicester City Council highlights the importance of ensuring meeting rooms are fit for purpose, enabling all stakeholders to participate.

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