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Burnley and Pendle youth centres to get a £1m facelift
EXTRA repairs are set to be carried out at youth centres in Burnley and Pendle as part of a £1million investment programme.
County council chiefs are expecting to spend £112,867 on overhauling Brierfield Young People’s Centre, off Colne Road.
And another £44,443 has been found to upgrade Burnley’s Brunshaw Young People’s Centre between December and January next year.
Originally the two venues had been left off a countywide investment programme, agreed last February, as Lancashire looks to create a network of ‘Youth Zones’ and satelite centres.
But Louise Taylor, interim director for children and young people’s services, has said in an executive report that a £1million allocation for repairs can be reprofiled to four locations, including Brierfield and Brunshaw. She added: “Further to a more detailed cost appraisal, we expect we can achieve the ‘priority works’ on certain centres with less investment than was indicated by the original list.”
Certain initiatives, such as a £12,000 investment for Stoops and Hargher Clough Youth Centre, have been revised or funded through other budgets. Just over £8,340 will now be spent on the Venice Avenue building — supported by the youth service’s mainstream budget.
The same programme will already see £50,000 provided for refurbishments to Bacup’s centre in King Street and a further £33,000 for Haslingden Young People’s Centre.
Seven ‘mobile’ youth centres are also being purchased, at a cost of £315,000 and ‘Infozones’, offering employment and training advice, will be created within youth centres for £72,000.
Work is still ongoing to revamp the former Meadowbank Centre in Whittam Street, Burnley, which will be home to Burnley’s ‘Youth Zone’.
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