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  • Petition to save 1st Skelmersdale Scout Hut reaches 5,000 signatures

    Henry James

    THE petition to save 1st Skelmersdale Scout Hut on Barnes Road in Old Skelmersdale is nearing 5,000 signatures.

    As reported a few weeks ago, the scout hut is in danger of demolition due to the sale of the land by Lancashire County Council and Scout leader Charlie Cavaghan has been at the forefront of a campaign to ask LCC to think again.

    Charlie said: “We have been inundated with support not just from local people in Skelmersdale, but far and wide. I have had people from across the North West contact me offering their support and telling me of the importance that scouting has had on their lives. I am truly overwhelmed at the amount of the signatures we have received.”

    Skelmersdale West County Cllr, Julie Gibson, said: “We are asking LCC to reconsider the proposed entrance to the new development, to take it further along Barnes Road therefore saving the hut from being knocked down to accommodate access to the site.

    “We have always been clear we are not against the development we would just like some consideration for the wonderful work that the scouts do. To lose their base will be a significant loss not just to the scouts but to the local community.

    “This petition will be handed to the cabinet member for Planning at LCC and then we intend to lobby West Lancashire Borough Council as the land has been designated for housing. We hope that both councils will look favourably on our petition and our request.”

    The group are hoping to celebrate their 80th anniversary next year and have become a ‘vital part’ of the community in that time.

    Gary Jones, principal estates surveyor for Lancashire County Council, has said: “We've also volunteered to provide some land on this site to the scouts, although we wouldn’t be able to fund the building itself.”

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