Ashton-on-Ribble residents have raised concerns as the new owner of former Star Youth Centre remains a ‘secret’.Advertisement
The former youth club is on the site of what was once Tulketh Hall.
In 2019, a campaign was launched to save the community centre – which included specialist family and well-being services for young children and disabled teens – from closing down.
In 2020, the site was put on the market by Lancashire County Council due to budget cuts. Local group Friends of Tulketh Hall appealed to the council to stop the sale, but in August 2021 it was sold in an auction.
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Now locals are speaking out about the lack of information since the sale.
One resident, Chris Cox, said: “Despite the best efforts of various interested parties who would have retained the facility for community use, the Star was sold at auction in July 2021.
“Since then there has been no word on who purchased it or what the plans are for the site.
“I find this silence rather puzzling and indeed worrying.
“Lancashire County Council sold a hitherto community resource at public auction. Are the public not entitled to know who has bought it? Why the secrecy?”
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In response to a request for an update, a spokesperson for Lancashire County Council told Blog Preston: “The site was sold in August last year. Unfortunately we cannot disclose the purchaser for confidentiality reasons. We’ve had no involvement since.”
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