EARBY: Help needed to save New Road Community Centre

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RESIDENTS are being called on to help save Earby’s New Road Community Centre from closing because of cuts to Lancashire County Council’s Young People’s Service budget.

Under proposals by the council, over £8m. of savings have to be made by 2014. A new strategy to make the savings means the focus will be targeted intervention with young people in areas of deprivation.

West Craven councillors and youth workers are worried this means centres like New Road and Barnoldswick’s Youth Centre will be forced to close.

David Hartley, chairman of the Earby Community Centre Association, said: “Our much-loved building is used by people from babies to 90-year-olds all day, every day and is reputed to be the most used in Lancashire. Be in no doubt that we could lose this invaluable community resource.”

Residents can complete a response form to the council’s plans at the centre, which should be returned by February 24th.

Representatives of the groups that use the centre are also invited to a meeting with the council’s head of Young People’s Services, Road Norton, on February 21st at the centre from 7 p.m.