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Over 50 members of Chorley’s community came together last night to hear more about our Youth Zone at a senior briefing event held at our proposed site on Railway Street, where The Arts Partnership and Leigh Arms currently stand.

Youth Zone Chairman and successful Chorley businessman Andrew Turner hosted the event, which saw the Leader of Chorley Council, Alistair Bradley share the council’s vision for the borough and how the Youth Zone provides opportunities to work in partnership.

Project partner The Arts Partnership was represented by Chairman Gwynne Furlong, whilst Wigan and Leigh Housing Patron and dedicated supporter of Wigan Youth Zone, Vicky Bannister, spoke about the benefits of working in partnership with a similar OnSide facility.

OnSide Youth Zones Deputy Chief Executive Rob Carter gave the audience, who consisted of local Councillors, MP’s, emergency service teams as well as a host of local community club representatives, a project update as the Youth Zone awaits a decision on a recent planning application.

Guests also had the pleasure of viewing the proposed internal and external plans, before a Q and A discussion took place regarding the project that is set to give young people in Chorley a state-of-the-art inspiring facility to spend their leisure time.

Youth Zone Chairman Andrew Turner said: “It’s crucial local organisations in Chorley understand what a Youth Zone will mean for their area. Last night’s event gave them that opportunity as well as the chance to find out what a fantastic benefit the Youth Zone will be for the borough. We are excited about working in partnership to bring a Youth Zone to Chorley, which will give young people somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.”

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council said: “Working in partnership is crucial in this project and the opportunity to present why Chorley Youth Zone will benefit the town to local stakeholders was really important in the development of this significant project. This is an exciting time for Chorley as a town and the more organisations we can work with to improve the borough, the brighter the future will be for all young people in Chorley.”

 Chairman of The Arts Partnership, Gwynne Furlong said: “The event was a huge success and I was delighted all three project partners had the chance to express how imperative working together really is. The Arts Partnership have been around for many years, but we are excited about Inspire Youth Zone as we know the great impact we can all have working together for the benefit of young people.”

Stay tuned for more news on our new Youth Zone!