January 2014 saw construction work finally commence on the £2m West Lancashire Youth Zone located in Skelmersdale .
Investment in this latest Youth Zone was provided by the Conservative-run Lancashire County Council back in 2013 and was part of their Youth Zone model strategy to build and establish centres of excellence known as Youth Zones in each of the 12 districts across the county.
The initiative received over £20m of investment to support the county's Youth offer, developed between Lancashire County Council, partners and young people.
The first Youth Zone opened in Nelson in 2011 and is proving to be extremely successful and well-used. The Youth Zones provide opportunities and provision dedicated to young people across the county.
County Cllr Mark Perks, the Conservative Spokesman for Young People, said: "The West Lancashire Youth Zone will be a new purpose-built building providing superb facilities to young people which includes a multi-purpose hall, internet cafe, kitchen, space for group work and private sessions, studio and performance workshop areas for arts, music & drama, including an outdoor multi-use games area.
“Last year work on the new Youth Zone was delayed whilst the exact location of an underground high pressure water pipe was confirmed by United Utilities and was only resolved before Christmas. However, I am delighted to say work started on-site last week and if all goes to plan, construction work should be completed by this November."
The new youth zone will open for a minimum of five nights a week and offer a wide range of activities and opportunities for young people to get together in a safe and fun environment.
The West Lancashire Youth Zone is scheduled to be completed by Christmas 2014. It is due to open to young people in early 2015.