A PIONEERING new “Youth Zone” is to be launched in Burnley.
Lancashire County Council has announced plans for four of the zones across the county – with three others in West Lancashire, Wyre and Lancaster – thanks to £6m. additional funding earmarked in its recent budget.
The Youth Zone is a centre providing a number of educational activities while also acting as a base for services providing early support to vulnerable young people. The one in Burnley is likely to involve the complete refurbishment of an existing building close to the town centre.
Work is expected to start by the end of this year and County Coun. Mark Perks, Cabinet member for young people, said: “Creating this network of Youth Zones across Lancashire means we can target our resources where they are most needed, while making sure that all of our young people have access to services. We will be working with young people in all four districts to make sure that their new Youth Zones are designed to meet their needs.
“As a county council we have recently agreed to invest a further £6m on top of £4.5m we have already committed to this strategy, underlining our commitment to providing the best possible services for young people.”