Children are pleading with Burnley Council chiefs to keep their “doomed” youth club open for Christmas.
Youngsters penned heartfelt letters begging to stay at the Burnley Wood Community Centre ahead of the festive period.
The long-running Glebe Street building was controversially closed to make way for new houses in Burnley Wood after a decision by the council’s Development Control Committee.
Despite having to vacate the building just hours after the decision was made, children and campaigners hope they can be allowed back in during the run up to Christmas.
Mum-of-five Vicky Crossley, of Hollingreave Road, said: “The children were all excited about making Christmas cards for their mums and dads. But the day after, it was closed.
“My son was crying in his sleep. We are having to explain to him before he goes to bed that the situation with the centre is out of our hands.
“It is tricky, they are all just crying – not just mine. They are really upset because they just don’t understand why it is happening. The kids have not done anything wrong.
“They should just let the kids have it for the last month until Christmas. They are not doing anything with the building.”
Mike Waite, of Burnley Council, said: “The lease came to an end on November 15th. The organisation which ran the building has known for at least a year that the lease would end on that date.
“Before the lease ended, the council leader was asked by the organisation to allow them to run Christmas parties on December 13th and 14th, and she readily agreed to do that. That agreement stands.”
He said the council is committed to supporting groups and volunteers in Burnley Wood. A management structure was being formed at Terracefields and urged people interested in running community activities to get involved.