Burnley youth charity will move to old mill

NEW HOME: The Prince's Trust will move to Sandygate Mill
NEW HOME: The Prince's Trust will move to Sandygate Mill

A charity which helps disadvantaged young people across Burnley is to move into the heart of the Weavers’ Triangle.

The Prince’s Trust will occupy the former Sandygate Mill from March next year under the second phase of the On the Banks development. On the Banks will see part of the Weavers’ Triangle transformed into a state-of-the-art hub for education and employment. The Visions Learning Trust University Technical College opened its doors last month in the former Victoria Mill as phase one of the multi-million-pound project, being carried out by Barnfield Construction.

Phase two will also include the development of Sandygate shed into a parking area.

The new Prince’s Trust headquarters will be known as the Pennine Lancashire Centre and will enable the charity to expand its work, helping 600 extra young people a year across East Lancashire.

The move will see the launch of The Trust’s Fairbridge programme, initially helping a further 150 young people.

Also included in phase 2 is the public realm area, in between the UTC and the Sandygate area, and the installation of the bridge across the Leeds and Liverpool Canal which will link the public realm areas together.

Council leader Julie Cooper said: “This is a great deal and I’m delighted The Prince’s Trust have chosen On the Banks for the location of their new flagship headquarters.

“It will be a wonderful environment in which to support young people to develop their confidence and skills for the future.”