Under-threat Gannow Youth Club gets stay of execution

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A BUSY Burnley youth club earmarked for closure has been given a stay of execution by Lancashire County Council.

Youngsters feared they would be left out on the street after county hall bosses announced Gannow Community Centre youth club would shut at the end of August under £8.4m. cuts to youth provision.

But teens from the Adamson Street Centre rallied the community with a petition to save the club which was supported by Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle.

Council Leader Charlie Briggs met county youth heads at a summit on Tuesday and managed to win a one-month reprieve to sort out the future of the popular club.

Hopes are the club can stay open for good if volunteers can be found to run nights for the children.

Coun. Briggs said: “It is great news for the youth and the community. The young people will not be left behind.

“The county council has given us another month’s grace to sort the club out. It is in our hands. If we fail them now it is down to us.”

Although youth provision has been cut, services such as LCC minibus use, access to Young Lancashire facilities and small cash grants will still be open to the club.

Coun. Briggs added: “We would be getting everything available to us from the county council. The only thing we would not get is paid staff. We will now look to bring volunteers in.”

Club member Kiebha Gallagher (12) said: “It is great news. We were all really worried it was going to be shut down. But it is brilliant they are keeping it going. I don’t know what we would have done if it closed. We would have been out on the streets.”

Adult services and organisations at the Gannow Community Centre will continue as normal.