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Friends of Tulketh Hall call to stop sale of The Star Youth Club in Ashton-on-Ribble

Posted on - 25th November, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Business, Charities, Education, History, Politics, Preston buildings & attractions, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment, Tulketh
The Star Youth Centre in Ashton Pic: Tony Worrall
The Star Youth Centre in Ashton Pic: Tony Worrall

The former Star Youth Centre, Ashton has been put up for sale by Lancashire County Council.

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However, the group Friends of Tulketh Hall are appealing to the council to stop the sale.

The former youth centre is on the site of what was once Tulketh Hall.

Read more: A short history of Tulketh Hall – in search of Preston’s long-lost castle

The Friends group claims that the site is the most interesting historically in Preston and surrounding areas as it has been a royal castle; an ancestral hall for over 800 years; and possibly a Roman settlement.

It had been the Star Community Centre for many years.

Read more: Families band together to save children’s services at Ashton’s Star Youth Centre

There are fears that after the building is sold it may be turned into housing.

A press release from Friends of Tulketh Hall said: “We understand the budget constraints that Lancashire County Council are under and that it cannot afford to maintain this now underused space.

“We would like to offer an alternative – The Friends Of Tulketh Hall, a charitable organisation, taking custodianship and responsibility for the maintenance and development of the site into a fantastic amenity.”

The group say they will:

  • reopen The Star building as a meeting space for community groups, an arts centre, teaching resource and general hub for the area.
  • significantly improve the facilities over time and make this a bustling centre.
  • fully explore the wealth of history contained within the external parts of the site and preserve it for future generations – This will involve excavation and an archaeological exploration of these external areas to reveal the
  • foundations of the Hall and potentially the Castle, so this history has visibility for people to explore and interact with
  • continue to manage and develop this site, so it becomes an attraction for the whole of Preston and the region in general.

Read more: The Star Youth Centre in Ashton-on-Ribble will no longer provide wellbeing services

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They are asking that LCC withdraws the sale of the property.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “We have been approached about the sale of this site and are now in correspondence with this group.”

If you want to support Friends of Tulketh Hall you can email them at hello@tulkethhall.co.uk.

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