A long-awaited community centre for the rapidly expanding Buckshaw Village has been opened.

The Mayors of Chorley and South Ribble, councillors Ken Ball and David Suthers handed the keys to village groups who will now use the building.

Located at the heart of the village in Unity Place, the centre is a multi-purpose venue that can be used for everything from sporting activities to afterschool clubs and parties.

Developers Redrow and Barratt invested approximately £525,000 in the building and a further £25,000 in landscaping, a car park and equipment.

Chorley Mayor, Cllr Ken Ball said: “It’s a great privilege to come down here and open this building and I hope that Buckshaw Village continues to be a success.”

The centre is one of a number of facilities being provided by the developers after a legal agreement was negotiated by Chorley Council when planning permission was granted for Buckshaw.

The two Mayors were jointly invited to open the centre, as the village, built on the old Royal Ordnance site, straddles the boundaries of both authorities.

The community centre has a large hall marked out for indoor sports, including netball, basketball and badminton.

There’s also a small stage, a large kitchen area, a separate meeting room with projector and screen.

Community groups have been keen to make use of the centre with enquiries received from mothers and toddlers groups, after schools clubs, yoga lessons, karate classes and slimming groups.

It is also available for private hire at weekends for children’s parties.

A self-contained office at the community centre will be used by the local police and community support officers team.

For details of events taking place at the community centre or to log a booking request, see www.buckshaw.org.