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Rishton youth club looking for a new base
A YOUTH club is looking for a new home after being told it could no longer use a community base.
Anje Seed started the HukDup project in Rishton backed by a team of arts and youth community volunteers.
But the youth club, which has been at full capacity since September, is now without a home.
The 31-year-old said they were turned out of the Royal British Legion Working Men’s Club after she had complained about the condition of the roof and withheld a week’s rent.
But the owner of the Walmsley Street Centre, Ashley Cook said HukDup were six weeks behind with the rent and had caused damage. Mr Cook also claimed he had had complaints about the youngsters from neighbours.
Anje said: “The whole community of Rishton really welcomed us. We had over 60 children here and they were coming every night because there isn’t anything else for them.
“It’s just so important that we do this for those young people. We had problems and I wasn’t paying the rent until they were sorted out.”
The centre runs DJ classes, arts and performances, media footage training and events which had to be cancelled.
Landlord Ashley Cook said: “I heavily subsidise the rent of this facility because I love Rishton. Anyone doing some good in the area can have the room at a low rate. However there were a number of bills which went unpaid.”
Local councillor Ken Moss said: “When the group was first set up there were some concerns from residents but it quickly proved to be an amazing facility for young people.
“It still has the potential to be a really positive thing and I hope Anje and her team stay in Rishton.”
Anje said: “The upside to no longer having a base is we could now extend the project. Instead of being based in one town we could do a night in different areas of Hyndburn and Blackburn, seven nights a week.” To contact Anje visit www. facebook.com/Hukdup.
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