Campaign growing to provide facilities for Buckshaw youngsters

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle and Astley & Buckshaw ward councillor Matt Lynch
Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle and Astley & Buckshaw ward councillor Matt Lynch
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Rising nuisance levels has led to claims that more needs to be done for youngsters in Buckshaw Village.

Calls have been mad efor a multi-use games area or a cycle cross loop to be created for children aged 11 and above and is available for use seven days a week.

They come after a rise in complaints that teenagers are causing repeated trouble in the village.

Coun Matt Lynch, ward councillor for Buckshaw Village, said: “Parents have again repeated their requests for improved facilities, specifically for those young people ages 11 and above.

“It has been noticeable that concerns about provisions for young people on Buckshaw have increased considerably over the last 12 months and with the population set to increase further, I can only see these concerns rising.”

Coun Lynch feels whatever is provided would need to benefit all of the village.

He added: “What we need to ensure is that we provide facilities that will benefit the whole community either directly or indirectly and this proposal I believe would indeed be beneficial to all residents of Buckshaw.”

The calls have been supported by Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle and deputy leader of Chorley Council Peter Wilson.

Mr Hoyle said: “I’m fully supportive of this plan.

“Buckshaw Village is growing ever more popular and it is vital that we provide facilities for young people.

“Euxton Parish Council’s skate park has been hugely popular with young people and I hope we can repeat that success in Buckshaw.”

Coun Wilson added: “We recognise the importance of providing a range of services for young people across the borough, including Buckshaw Village particularly as it continues to expand with lots of families moving in.

“I’m happy to be involved in this joint initiative and work with others to look at the need for facilities, what could be provided and where and see how we can move forward.”

The plans have been welcomed by further parties, including Chorley Police, the Buckshaw Village Community Association (BVCA) and residents.

General noise is one of the complaints that has been brought up at PACT meetings.

PCSO Wade Brown said: “The population is forever growing and there are increased reports of general noise between 9pm and 10pm.

“There isn’t any anti-social behaviour but some form of games area would be ideal in Buckshaw Village, as there are already plenty of parks for young children.

“As long as the area would be built away from the houses I don’t see why it couldn’t go ahead.”

Craig Lee, chairman of the BVCA, said: “The BVCA brought this up to developers a while back.

“There isn’t much for older children and something like a skate park would be excellent and there is a definite need.

“Over the coming years, Buckshaw Village will only get bigger and I think all children and parents would welcome a new games area.”

Coun Lynch noted he would like to build a partnership with Euxton Parish Council.

Katrina Reed, a resident in the area and chairman of Euxton Parish Council, said: “I would be more than happy to put the plans forward to the council. I would definitely welcome something like this.

“Buckshaw is a huge complex and they do a lot for the youth already.

“But there isn’t anything to do past a certain time so I think a new facility would be great.”