Youth zone will go ahead

Chorley Coun Peter Wilson and County councillor Matthew Tomlinson outside the Leigh Arms and Station Hotel, that will be bulldozed in the future and replaced with a new state of the art youth zone.
Chorley Coun Peter Wilson and County councillor Matthew Tomlinson outside the Leigh Arms and Station Hotel, that will be bulldozed in the future and replaced with a new state of the art youth zone.
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An ambitious youth zone scheme has been given the go-ahead by councillors.

On Tuesday, at Chorley Council’s Full Council meeting, a £4m state-of-the-art youth zone project was given the thumbs up.

The site will incorporate the Leigh Arms/Station Hotel pub and the neighbouring Arts Partnership building, which are in Chapel Street.

It has been agreed that the youth zone is created in partnership with Onside Youth Zones, the Arts Partnership and Lancashire County Council.

The site will be open seven days a week providing activities for adults and youngsters.

Councillors hope a planning application will be submitted in early 2015.

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “We want to ensure that young people in the town are provided for.

“It’s going to be open 363 days of the year, we want something to be proud of in the town.

“The location allows a wider use of the facilities and we want it to be as accessible as possible.”

“Spending four ways will ensure a better working partnership,” said Coun Bradley.

“We want hundreds, even thousands of people coming through the doors, not in the tens.

“We need to get on with this now as too many youth generations have been let down.”

The facilities would include a sports hall, performing arts area, martial arts space, a base for the Arts Partnership, fitness suite, kick pitch and other activity rooms.

Support and advice on matters such as careers, education and lifestyles is also available.

Kathryn Morley, OnSide chief executive, said: “This is great news for the young people of Chorley.

“It is the first time OnSide has been asked to work on a youth zone in a smaller town.

“Until now we have mainly operated within larger towns and cities, so it is hugely exciting to be bringing all the same elements of a youth zone together for a compact facility that is perfectly sized to match the population of Chorley and the surrounding areas. ​“