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Youth centre faces D-Day

Better facilities: Coun Terry Rogers cuts the first sod ahead of re-development work at Poulton Leisure Centre, watched by, from left, project manager Warren Hough and construction director Chris Smith from ISG, YMCA Poulton general manager Samantha Crane and  Ian Munro, head of culture at Wyre Council

Better facilities: Coun Terry Rogers cuts the first sod ahead of re-development work at Poulton Leisure Centre, watched by, from left, project manager Warren Hough and construction director Chris Smith from ISG, YMCA Poulton general manager Samantha Crane and Ian Munro, head of culture at Wyre Council

The fate of a community centre will be decided when Wyre Council’s cabinet meets tomorrow.

Poulton Youth and Community Centre, on Breck Road, has been deemed “surplus to requirements” by the authority, and its closure is expected in the coming weeks if it is rubber stamped during the cabinet meeting, which takes place at the Civic Centre from 6pm.

The proposed closure of the community centre comes just months after another well-used public building, St Chad’s Church Hall, had to be closed down because £100,000 could not be raised to fund its running costs.

But Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council, says the latest closure would benefit Poulton’s residents if it went ahead.

He said: “It’s not connected to the church hall.

“Different people have different events there, and it’s not like they were moving from the church hall into the community centre.

“It’s a case of it being a better facility than they had before.”

The council is spending £5m to revamp Poulton Leisure Centre and Thornton Leisure Centre, to allow all the classes to be taught at the Breck Road facility.

Coun Gibson added: “It will certainly generate a saving of capital receipts, but the space is being taken up by the YMCA.

“There’s going to be an extension to the leisure centre.

“It’s a step forward.

“With the amount of money we are investing in the leisure centres at the moment, it’s going to be a much better facility.”

Lesley Middleton, chairman of Poulton and Carleton Residents’ Association, said: “The church hall situation is looking quite promising and that could be taking over when the youth and community centre leaves.

“It’s always sad when something goes, but it depends on when it’s used and if there’s any value.

“The money they are investing in the leisure centres is great.”

The changes will see fitness and dance facilities, ten pin bowling lanes, two five-a-side artificial football pitches and an ‘extreme sports’ area at Thornton, plus a spa and additional fitness and studio space at Poulton.

The work is due to be completed in the autumn.

 

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