A family fun day is facing the axe after a decision was made to close Westleigh Conference Centre in Lea Road, Lea, Preston.
Lea and Cottam Parish Council have held their annual fun day at Westleigh for two years, but UCLan, which owns the facility are turning it into offices, and have told members they will no longer be able to use the grounds.
Parish Councillor Jason Jeffrey said: “Westleigh is in the heart of our community, and for the university to say we can’t use the grounds for one day for this popular event is a real disappointment.
“We are calling on the University to think again and give something back to the community in which they operate.”
Planning for the July event starts in December, and events have included a climbing wall, archery, a birds of prey display, brass bands and stalls. Up to 800 people attend.
UCLan announced in July that it was withdrawing from business areas “that do not substantially contribute to the core academic purpose of the university”, and 11 full-time jobs at Westleigh would go.
A spokesperson from UCLan said: “Although UCLan can no longer offer the use of Westleigh Conference Centre to Cottam and Lea Parish Council, as a gesture of good will we have offered full use of the UCLan Sports Arena as an alternative venue and are willing to work with them to deliver a successful event.”
Coun Jeffrey said: “This is in the wrong place and has some real safety concerns with traffic passing through the site, and other events that would be going on at the same time as our event meaning a number of activities couldn’t be carried out.”