Town hall protest bid to save Burnley community centre

Volunteers who are trying to save Burnley Wood Youth and Community Centre from being demolished.
Volunteers who are trying to save Burnley Wood Youth and Community Centre from being demolished.

Campaigners battling to save a community centre dubbed the “jewel in the crown” of Burnley Wood are to stage a protest ahead of a final decision on the under-threat building.

Protestors will march on the town hall as councillors prepare to decide the fate of Burnley Wood Community Centre on Thursday.

Activists fighting to save the Glebe Street building say they want to make their voices heard in a last-ditch bid to stave off the bulldozers.

Plans will be discussed by the council’s Development Control Committee to flatten the community centre to make way for new homes by developer Keepmoat Homes.

If the proposals are given the green light, the building could be pulled down in January.

County Coun. Jeff Sumner said: “We are fighting to save the building as residents in Burnley Wood believe it belongs to the people.

“It is the jewel in the crown of the area and has served generations of Burnley Wood people down the years and continues to do so now.

“There will be winners and losers from this - the winners will be Keepmoat Homes and the losers will be children and future generations in the area.”

He added: “There are a lot of people not happy with the process and we live in hope something can be done to save it. The support in the area has been absolutely fantastic.”

The march will set off from the centre in Glebe Street around 5-30pm on Thursday before staging a protest outside the town hall at 6pm ahead of the council meeting.