Expansion plan for centre praised by Harry
JUST one year after getting a visit from Prince Harry, a West Lancashire eco centre could be set to expand.
The expansion to Cast North West, located on Cobbs Lane in Newburgh, has been submitted to the West Lancashire Borough Council.
The proposal has been recommended to be granted by West Lancashire Borough Council planning committee, and will be discussed at the meeting tonight (July 27).
Among the proposed changes are plans to retain one large and one small pond, as well as the creation of a further third pond.
A 30-space car park and vehicle access from Cobbs Brow Lane is also planned.
The centre helps young people to achieve through angling, horticulture and work based learning and it has also proposed the construction of a “indoor complex needs angling building” as well as a community angling club house.
Cast North West was founded in 2006 by Neil Farnworth and gained charity status in 2008.
The centre was based around using angling as a tool to develop respect and self esteem and break down intergenerational barriers.
It is hoped that the introduction of small animals will help students attending the Apple Cast centre to learn much needed skills.
Prince Harry visited the centre last summer and Mr Farnworth said that the prince spoke to young centre users at length and was “blown away” by the centre.
Speaking to the Advertiser at the time he said: “He was blown away – he said he’s going to come back and bring his dad because he’d love to see it.”