Probe as Oswaldtwistle snooker club opens, but still boarded up

Blackburn Citizen: Coun Peter Britcliffe outside Ossy Snooker and Pool, in the former Golden Cross Inn, in Union Road Coun Peter Britcliffe outside Ossy Snooker and Pool, in the former Golden Cross Inn, in Union Road

AN investigation into a new snooker club in Oswaldtwistle was launched after it opened for business while its windows were still boarded up.

Concerns were raised about the condition of the former Golden Cross Inn, in Union Road, which was given the go-ahead to open as a ‘pay-as-you-use’ snooker club – Ossy Snooker and Pool – in December.

The building’s landlord has pledged to improve its appearance, and blamed bad weather for the delay in repair work.

Oswaldtwistle councillor Peter Britcliffe called on the council to ‘urgently investigate’ the club which, a spokesman yesterday confirmed, it was doing, and said he would meet police to discuss the matter later today.

He said: “This is creating a derelict appearance in an important part of our main commercial area of Union Road.

“I also have concerns about young people using a boarded-up building as I feel they are safer in an open environment.”

Immanuel councillor Judith Addison also said she had contacted the council.

She said: “As ward councillor, I’m concerned about the condition of this building, and I have written to the planning department.

“These concerns were about the external condit-ion of the building, particularly the boarded-up windows, which could also raise the issue of safety. If there was a fire, and people can’t see in or out, it could be a safety issue.”

The building’s landlord, Arfal Ali, said work would be carried out on the building in the near future.

He said: “I’m concerned with the front of the building, but the weather has been bad.

“From the outside, it does not look open, but the signs have been ordered and should be here next week.

“The windows will be replaced, and banners will be put up.”

Mr Ali said the club has already proved to be popular with young people since it opened a week-and-a-half ago.

He said: “The parents are happy because kids have stopped hanging about and they are mostly inside, so it’s going well.

“I rang the Police Community Support Officers and said they should come and talk to people.”

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9:42pm Wed 29 Jan 14

wulver says...

Its still boarded up to save pulling the blinds when your down on your shot and the Ossy sun is in your eyes lol.....
Its still boarded up to save pulling the blinds when your down on your shot and the Ossy sun is in your eyes lol..... wulver
  • Score: 2

9:47pm Wed 29 Jan 14

mavrick says...

If Cllr Peter Britcliffe would move, Maybe union rd wouldn't look so bad.
If Cllr Peter Britcliffe would move, Maybe union rd wouldn't look so bad. mavrick
  • Score: 10

9:49pm Wed 29 Jan 14

wulver says...

Slow down their Maverick, if Peter moves whilst he's down on his shot he'll never pot his balls lol......
Slow down their Maverick, if Peter moves whilst he's down on his shot he'll never pot his balls lol...... wulver
  • Score: 6

10:30pm Wed 29 Jan 14

shirtbox2003 says...

looks like being a trouble spot.
looks like being a trouble spot. shirtbox2003
  • Score: -2

10:47am Thu 30 Jan 14

wulver says...

Hey dirtbox give em a chance, if ya know ya snooker ya know they can always have it re-spotted lol.....
Hey dirtbox give em a chance, if ya know ya snooker ya know they can always have it re-spotted lol..... wulver
  • Score: 1

1:09pm Thu 30 Jan 14

woolywords says...

So do you have to pay for both the table rental and for a miners lamp as well, to play?
So do you have to pay for both the table rental and for a miners lamp as well, to play? woolywords
  • Score: 6

2:49pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Mothernature says...

It's all well & good having a laugh & a joke, but this is a serious issue. Since when has it been okay to allow a building to be in use when it is a potential fire trap? Why have the fire brigade not forced a closure? Is the entrance the only means of escape if something dire should happen? Are there any fire alarms or extinguishers? Teenagers are using the place for goodness sake. Would you want your son or daughter being put at risk so some guy can make a quick buck before the building is safe for use?
It's all well & good having a laugh & a joke, but this is a serious issue. Since when has it been okay to allow a building to be in use when it is a potential fire trap? Why have the fire brigade not forced a closure? Is the entrance the only means of escape if something dire should happen? Are there any fire alarms or extinguishers? Teenagers are using the place for goodness sake. Would you want your son or daughter being put at risk so some guy can make a quick buck before the building is safe for use? Mothernature
  • Score: 4

5:01pm Thu 30 Jan 14

moxhie says...

Britcliffe's usual waffle .
Britcliffe's usual waffle . moxhie
  • Score: 4

6:11pm Thu 30 Jan 14

onsidecobra says...

Mr Arfal Ali is the building's landlord, well Mr Arfal Ali the weather has been OK for refurbishment so get on with it. Mothernature you are quite right, it is a death trap as it stands now, but when did that ever stand in front of a new BMW and a chance to show off to one's neighbours?
Mr Arfal Ali is the building's landlord, well Mr Arfal Ali the weather has been OK for refurbishment so get on with it. Mothernature you are quite right, it is a death trap as it stands now, but when did that ever stand in front of a new BMW and a chance to show off to one's neighbours? onsidecobra
  • Score: -1

6:38pm Thu 30 Jan 14

churchman says...

rule for one and rules for others.say no more
rule for one and rules for others.say no more churchman
  • Score: -2

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