Campaigners battling to save The Star youth centre in Ashton are holding an open day tomorrow (Saturday).Advertisement
The Star is one of 19 community clubs earmarked for closure as part of Lancashire County Council’s bid to save £1.2m in changes to the Children and Wellbeing Service.
The building, in Tulketh Crescent, is currently used to provide disability services for young people aged 11-19 but Ashton residents say it has a wider use in the community – and want to see it flourish.
In 2014 the building underwent a £50,000 renovation and has up-to-date facilities inside.
Consultation is now underway to determine whether to move the disability services to Riversway, but County Councillor Gillian Oliver says: “They are not looking at the needs of Ashton.
“There are issues with crime in this area which the police inspector has been to talk about and issues with young people more broadly.
“To ask the police to just clear up when there is crime on the streets is not enough.”
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The 90-year-old youth club has been a cornerstone of the community for generations with regular groups and clubs using the facilities.
On Saturday, campaigners from Save The Star will issue a rally cry with a fun, interactive open session from 11am till 1pm.
There will be a memory zone for people to share their memories of the club, face painting, a play zone and chance to meet the councillors and campaigners fighting to keep The Star open.
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A Facebook Group is up and running where people can share photos and memories of the club through the generations.
Coun Oliver said: “It will be a really fun day, but it is also a chance for people to have a look at the wonderful facilities and see what the Star is all about.”
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