- Ladybarn Community Centre is closing after more than 25 years in service.
- Council cites "financial difficulties" for overnight shock closure.
- Leech: "Council's heavy-handed approach is very disappointing."
Ladybarn Community Centre has closed its doors after more than 25 years in the local community.
A spokesperson for the centre said: "Sorry to inform everyone of this sad news but the centre will be closing as of tomorrow. This is has come as a shock to all staff Thanks to every person who has supported us throughout the years, it's been a pleasure.
"We are really sorry about this sad news and we hope to re-open in the next couple of weeks
"But until then... Bye for now."
The Labour-run council said the centre is initially closing for two weeks due to 'financial difficulties' while they 'investigate options', but John Leech, the city's sole opposition member, has raised concerns about the way in which the closure has been handled.
The former Withington MP vowed to get to the bottom of the shock closure, saying: "I knew nothing about this closure until someone tweeted me about it last night. I have great concerns that a local centre used by so many for more than 25 years can just close its doors overnight, and the council expects it to just be swept under the carpet with nothing more said.
"I am very disappointed that the council has taken such a heavy-handed approach, especially when there are so many local people ready and willing to keep the centre up and running.
"Many people have lost their jobs and local people have lost a valuable asset - I am already speaking to staff and I will be fully investigating this."