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Thursday, 29 November 2012 (3033119)
Community urged to take reins at meeting room
by David Simister


THE borough council has reiterated calls for the community to take over the reins at Ashurst Meeting Room - or face losing it altogether.

West Lancashire Borough Council said this week inviting community groups and organisations to express an interest in running the Lyndhurst site, as part of a series of proposals to help the local authority make savings of around £600,000.

Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Health, Leisure and Community Safety, said: “This is a great opportunity for community groups to take over the meeting room. They can apply for funding, such as Lottery Grants to help them run and improve the facilities that would not be open to the council.

”The overall response from the management committees has been very positive and they have expressed a willingness to take on the challenge. But work to investigate any possible transfer is still in the very early stages. I would urge any community group interested in taking over the hall or the meeting room to contact us.“

The borough council added that if no group comes forward to take over the running of the hall the site will be closed altogether on April 1 next year. It is one of a series of buildings affected by the proposals, with Ashurst Meeting Room and the Tanhouse, Birch Green, Digmoor and Greenhill community resource centres, in Skelmersdale, and Ormskirk Civic Hall also at risk.

For further details or an informal chat please contact Paula Campbell, Community Leisure Manager on 01695 585144, or email paula.campbell@westlancs.gov.uk






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