£11,000 is the ‘disgraceful’ price tag put on renting the new Kingsway Community Centre when it opens this summer.
The building is being built by developers and handed over to Gloucester City Council free of charge.
The city council will then lease it out to a community group for a ‘huge’ £10,995 per year.
Quedgeley parish councillors, who are keen to take the site on as they already run the existing community centre, are writing to the city council to object to the steep figures.
Parish clerk Jacquie Webster said: “It was certainly a surprise to us. This is obviously a cost that we have not currently factored into the precept and there is a concern about the impact that might have.
“We feel we need more time to consult with residents about how everyone would be affected by this.
“As far as are concerned it is a building that is being given to the council for free so we are unclear on why the lease is so expensive.
“Residents think they are getting a fantastic new building but I don’t think people realise that it is going to come at an extra cost to the taxpayer.”
Councillor Steve Smith said: “It would mean very expensive hire charges for any groups that would use it.”
Bev Aldridge, from the parish council office, said: “We have been running the temporary community centre for a long time now and we were led to believe that this community centre would come to us without these costs.
“Of course if it comes to us, we would make it open to all of the community, but I fear that it will be empty most of the time because people would not be able to afford to hire it. Over the years we could see the community centre slowly clawed away from small groups as it becomes a place where only commercial ventures can afford to come to.”
County councillor Barry Kirby (L, Grange and Kingsway) said: “It hasn’t even costing the council anything. It is not them who has built it anyway. It is quite frankly disgraceful.”
Gloucester City Council said that it has determined a ‘fair’ rent for the building.
It will also offer the first year rent free, the second year at half rent, followed by three years of full rent. The lease would be reviewed every five years.