Passionate campaigners are determined not to see the demise of much-loved former Star Youth Centre, Ashton, which had been put up for sale by Lancashire County Council.
The group Friends of Tulketh Hall were successful in appealing to the council to stop the sale.
The former youth centre is on the site of what was once Tulketh Hall.
Gary Cunliffe has created a pair of informative videos about the site which details why people are so opposed to the sale.
The Friends group claims that the site is the most interesting in Preston due to its rich history.
It has been a royal castle, an ancestral hall for over 800 years and possibly a Roman settlement.
There are fears that after the building is sold it may be turned into housing, and this would be a waste of Preston’s heritage.
Lancashire County Council confirmed in December the site had been removed from sale, and they would be entering into discussions with the group to see if there was a way forward.
The Friends Of Tulketh Hall, a charitable organisation, offered to take custodianship and responsibility for the maintenance and development of the site into a fantastic amenity.
The group said they would:
- Reopen The Star building as a meeting space for community groups, an arts centre, teaching resource and general hub for the area.
- Significantly improve the facilities over time and make this a bustling centre.
- Fully explore the wealth of history contained within the external parts of the site and preserve it for future generations – This will involve excavation and an archaeological exploration of these external areas to reveal the foundations of the Hall and potentially the Castle, so this history has visibility for people to explore and interact with
- Continue to manage and develop this site, so it becomes an attraction for the whole of Preston and the region in general.
Gary Cunliffe, a member of the group, also made a video detailing the story of Tulketh Hall – a very interesting and informative watch.
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