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Meeting to save village building

The FIG Tree Centre and (below) Bruce Crowther

The FIG Tree Centre and (below) Bruce Crowther

Concerned campaigners will hold a meeting this week in a bid to save an under-threat building.

The future of Garstang Business Centre, on the town’s High Street, is being reviewed by owners Wyre Council and businesses there have been told their leases may not be renewed.

The former borough council offices is now the home of the FIG Tree Centre and a range of businesses, leading to those with concerns organising a meeting inside the building’s Booths Cafe on Thursday at 7.30pm.

Bruce Crowther, director of the FIG Tree Centre, said: “When we heard about this it meant our lease, which runs out in November next year, might not be renewed.

“If we can’t save the building we will continue to run but it will have to be in a building outside Garstang.

“It’s used for youth clubs, lunch clubs and dance classes, and a large amount of clubs will be lost without it.The meeting will see Garstang Town Council work with the community and look at trying to save the building for the people of the town.”

Mr Crowther says the club is planning on giving the community a much larger role in the running of the centre to try and save it. He added: “What we are looking at is changing over to be a co-operative company so we are owned by the community and people can buy shares in FIG Tree and become owners of the building.

“I’m confident the FIG Tree will exist after next year but I’m only 80 per cent confident we will be able to secure its future in Garstang.”

Wyre Council said it did not wish to comment on the future of the building.

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