Ex­pan­sion plan for cen­tre praised by Harry

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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.”

Cllr Liz Sav­age and Cllr Noel De­laney with Prince Harry and staff at Cast North West

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