Charity set to move in at council depot

Bengal Street Proposed Development?
Bengal Street Proposed Development?

A CHORLEY Council depot is to share part of the site with a charity that supports vulnerable people.

The authority has agreed in principle to allowing Recycling Lives move to its Bengal Street site.

The council says it is part of its drive to reduce costs and generate income from its buildings in a bid to provide better value for money for residents.

The site had previously been considered for a free school.

Deputy leader the council, Coun Peter Wilson said: “In the difficult economic climate we have been doing all we can to look at where we can save money and looking at the accommodation we use has been a big part of that.

“By making better use of the space we have at the Town Hall and Union Street offices, we have been able to vacate most of the office space at Bengal Street and we have been looking for organisations interested in using the site.”

Recycling Lives is a recycling and waste management service that has a charitable arm that offers accommodation, education and training to the homeless and long-term unemployed.

The plan is for them to use their part of the depot for the recycling business with the office space being converted to accommodation and training facilities for those benefitting from the charity.

Coun Wilson added: “It’s good news that we are moving closer to agreeing a lease for the site because that will earn the council income that will be used to provide services for local people and it’s bringing new investment into the area.

“It would be a really good fit for us because getting people back into work and preventing homelessness are two key areas of our work, and if a deal can be struck we would be bringing this service into the heart of the borough.

“We would still retain use of the depot for our vehicles and staff who operate them.”