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Lancashire conference centres under threat as council targets £65m savings

Alston Hall and Woodlands conference centres among £14m of property under review by Lancashire County Council

Pictured: Alston Hall

Conference centres in Lancashire could be among £14 million of property up for sale as council bosses look to make £65m of savings.

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has put 220 premises under review, including Alston Hall Conference Centre and Woodlands Conference Centre, as it bids to make savings of £65m over the next two years.

Council bosses claim they have little choice after being hit with swingeing budget cuts from central government. 

As well as Alston Hall and Woodlands, other properties at risk include libraries, children’s centres, offices and day care centres. Officers are looking at restructuring current council services to create 112 multi-functional centres where services can be combined under one roof. 

LCC deputy leader David Borrow said: “We need to work with partner organisations to see where there are opportunities to co-locate.”

Woodlands Conference Centre in Chorley has three conference rooms, the largest of which has a capacity of 220, and 12 seminar rooms.

Set in a Victorian country house near Longridge, Alston Hall provides residential and day training facilities as well as being available for conference and event hire.

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