Neighbours urged to take over community centre

UNCERTAIN: Plungington Community Centre in Brook Street, Preston

UNCERTAIN: Plungington Community Centre in Brook Street, Preston

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A community centre is facing an uncertain future, and leaders are calling on neighbours to come forward to take it over.

Plungington Community Centre is run by Lancashire County Council, but their involvement is due to end later this month.

Now residents are being urged to take on the building, owned by Preston Council.

City council chiefs hope to find a new management group for the Brook Street centre, “to create a sustainable, successful and inclusive community-managed asset”.

Coun David Borrow, who represents Moor Park ward, served by the centre, said: “We are optimistic that a solution will be found, and people are working very hard to ensure there is still a facility available for community use.”

County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, LCC cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “The Young People’s Service is moving towards a more flexible and responsive way of working by using mobile young people’s centres, which our workers can drive to places where young people gather. This means we can reach more young people in their own environment, including those who would benefit from support from our workers but wouldn’t be likely to attend a centre.

“It’s also a better use of our resources at a time when we have to make budget reductions of £300 million by 2017.

“We currently run very limited services from the centre in Plungington. However, young people who wish to attend activities in a Preston youth centre will be very welcome at the Star Youth Club on Tulketh Crescent in Ashton or the Moor Nook Centre in Burholme Road, and advice and information is available at the Urban Exchange drop-in.”