Under-threat Preston community centre looks set to be saved by charity

Plungington Community Centre
Plungington Community Centre
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The future of an under-threat community centre looks set to be secured after a Preston-based charity made a bid to take it over.

Plungington Community Centre was facing uncertainty after Lancashire County Council ended its running of the building last year.

But now Caritas Care Ltd is in negotiations to take over the management of the centre, which they hope to keep running to support its users.

Chief executive Amanda Forshaw said: “Caritas Care is delighted to be in negotiations with Preston Council to manage the Plungington Community Centre.

“The centre is very close to our base on Tulketh Rd where we have been making a difference to local communities for over 80 years.

“Our vision is to consult widely with local people to create a resource that is open to all, and a vibrant part of the local scene.

“We will continue to support the local groups who already make use of the centre, and also have a lot of ideas about things we could do in the future, such as a community café, volunteering opportunities, drop-in centres, and advocacy groups.

“We are always keen to hear from people with ideas, and there will be endless opportunities to get involved.

“Ultimately we want to help make this centre a place which is very welcoming, and meets local people’s aspirations and needs.”

University ward Coun John Swindells said there had been fears that the centre may close with nobody to run it.

He said: “Now it’s got a chance of still delivering the stuff that goes on in there, and I think they intend to try and grow that.

“They want to see it used all the time.”

Coun David Borrow, who represents Moor Park ward, served by the centre, described the new management bid as “excellent news”.