ANGRY Hollins Lane residents have criticised council leaders, saying they are being ignored over plans for a new leisure area for youngsters on the nearby recreation ground.
Councillors John Griffiths and Jim Dickinson came under fire at this week's Baxenden Area Council meeting from residents who maintain putting the new "youth facility" on Hollins Lane will spell nothing but trouble.
But both councillors, members of Hyndburn Council's Cabinet, urged the residents to wait for the results of an independent survey that will ask the people of Hollins Lane, Manchester Road and probably Ashworth Street for their views.
Consultancy Donalds Edward Partnership have been appointed to examine the possibilities for the facility, such as placing football goals, basketball hoops and other sports equipment on the site, which is 20 by 12 metres.
Outside the meeting, Jenny Hodkinson, who lives in Hollins Lane said: "We feel it will be a problem, that it will be a magnet for drug problems."
Husband John added: "It's meant to be floodlit and we think it will attract young people with problems who've nothing better to do than hang around. They won't necessarily come from Baxenden, but it will bring people from other areas.
"Our local councillors refuse to listen to our views and they aren't taking a representative view from the children."
But Councillor Griffiths told the Observer: "The site's 140 yards from the nearest house. We will never win everybody over but the facility has to go on council land and this is the only suitable place.
"Most people realise the kids up here need something. Over the years the kids have said they've nowhere to go, so they get moved on from place to place. The police and the youth services are all in favour of providing something."
The survey will be distributed after Christmas.