Talks on demolition plan for old hostel

Talks on demolition plan for old hostel

Talks on demolition plan for old hostel

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

PLANS to knock down the Edinburgh House YMCA in Clarence Street, Shear Brow, are due to be considered by councillors later this month.

However neighbours have objected to demolishing the building, once earmarked for the Tauheedul Trust’s purpose-built Islamic boys school, until they know what will be constructed on the site.

In June, Blackburn with Darwen borough planning committee refused permission to demolish it for the building of the four-storey secondary school.

The trust has moved the academy temporarily from its current location in Bicknell Street, Little Harwood, to the former Blakewater College in Shadsworth from next term and appears to have abandoned the scheme for the site.

However the trust has asked the committee to approve demolition of the vacant building as ‘dangerous and subject to anti-social behaviour’.

The committee will consider whether to approve the move on Thursday, August 21. Its permission is needed because the building is in the Corporation Park Conservation Area.

Now neighbours in Clarence Street and the 280-year-old nearby Blackburn Subscription Bowling Club are submitting objections to knocking-down the empty shell until proper proposals for the cleared site’s future are in place.

Bowling club treasurer Carol Donnelly said: “I have just submitted our objection.

“I know several neighbours on Clarence Street are doing the same.

“We are objecting because we do not want the demolition approved until we know what is going there. Once the site is cleared there will be pressure to redevelop it.

“We don’t want something unsuitable there again.

“We also want proper security for the site so it does not become dangerous.”

Proposals to build the country’s first Muslim free school were originally put forward in 2011 but provoked bitter opposition from neighbours.

Despite halving the initial intake to 300 and proposals to build an underground car park for 20 vehicles and rewarding pupils for walking to school, councillors turned down the plan.

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11:32am Tue 5 Aug 14

blackburn_citizen says...

there really is NO pleasing some people!

i would love to know how many of these bowlers actually live in the community, how relevant their establishment is to the community and why these select few have such an influence over the greater good of the wider community.

as far as the rest of the anonymous objectors, i would like to hear why they dont want this eyesore, infested with vermon, housing junkies and a complete eyesore to what is predominantly a naturally gifted corner of our town cant be demolished.

STOP BEING SO BL**DY SELFISH AND THINK OF WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE TOWN AND NOT WHAT THE TOWN CAN DO FOR YOU!!
there really is NO pleasing some people! i would love to know how many of these bowlers actually live in the community, how relevant their establishment is to the community and why these select few have such an influence over the greater good of the wider community. as far as the rest of the anonymous objectors, i would like to hear why they dont want this eyesore, infested with vermon, housing junkies and a complete eyesore to what is predominantly a naturally gifted corner of our town cant be demolished. STOP BEING SO BL**DY SELFISH AND THINK OF WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE TOWN AND NOT WHAT THE TOWN CAN DO FOR YOU!! blackburn_citizen
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3:15pm Tue 5 Aug 14

ladysal says...

blackburn_citizen wrote:
there really is NO pleasing some people!

i would love to know how many of these bowlers actually live in the community, how relevant their establishment is to the community and why these select few have such an influence over the greater good of the wider community.

as far as the rest of the anonymous objectors, i would like to hear why they dont want this eyesore, infested with vermon, housing junkies and a complete eyesore to what is predominantly a naturally gifted corner of our town cant be demolished.

STOP BEING SO BL**DY SELFISH AND THINK OF WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE TOWN AND NOT WHAT THE TOWN CAN DO FOR YOU!!
Did you read the article? They din't want the building to remain, they just want someone to tell them what is going up in its place. Bearing in mind the history of the site, I can't blame them - if they aren't careful they will either get some thing which degenerates rapidly into a dumping ground or something which requires retrospective planning permssion.....
[quote][p][bold]blackburn_citizen[/bold] wrote: there really is NO pleasing some people! i would love to know how many of these bowlers actually live in the community, how relevant their establishment is to the community and why these select few have such an influence over the greater good of the wider community. as far as the rest of the anonymous objectors, i would like to hear why they dont want this eyesore, infested with vermon, housing junkies and a complete eyesore to what is predominantly a naturally gifted corner of our town cant be demolished. STOP BEING SO BL**DY SELFISH AND THINK OF WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE TOWN AND NOT WHAT THE TOWN CAN DO FOR YOU!![/p][/quote]Did you read the article? They din't want the building to remain, they just want someone to tell them what is going up in its place. Bearing in mind the history of the site, I can't blame them - if they aren't careful they will either get some thing which degenerates rapidly into a dumping ground or something which requires retrospective planning permssion..... ladysal
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6:50am Thu 14 Aug 14

Reasons says...

Its permission is needed because the building is in the Corporation Park Conservation Area. - Well what about the trees that were cut down on Park Avenue ,,That was in conservation area ....
All This town council thinks about is how much heritage can we destroy .Knock it down maybe but inform the community what is going in place of it.It looks like a regular action ,they demolish and stand there thinking erm what can we do with it !!!
Keep up the good work Bowlers -you are supported here
Its permission is needed because the building is in the Corporation Park Conservation Area. - Well what about the trees that were cut down on Park Avenue ,,That was in conservation area .... All This town council thinks about is how much heritage can we destroy .Knock it down maybe but inform the community what is going in place of it.It looks like a regular action ,they demolish and stand there thinking erm what can we do with it !!! Keep up the good work Bowlers -you are supported here Reasons
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