Protest over future of Blackburn former hospital site

Protest over future of Blackburn former hospital site

Protest over future of Blackburn former hospital site

First published in News

AROUND a dozen protesters camped outside the former Blackburn Royal Infirmary building to oppose its demolition.

Campaigners led by photographer Mick Duckworth, from Shadsworth, had been hoping around 200 people would turn up at the decaying War Memorial wing on Saturday morning.

Blackburn with Darwen Council’s planning committee has approved proposals by the charity Community Integrated Care for a 64-bed old people’s home on the site.

Mr Duckworth, 27, said: “The turnout was a bit of a letdown but the support we had from people and cars going past was very good.

“The building has been vandalised but, structurally, I think it’s not unstable and we were always led to believe it would remain.”

Council and CIC bosses agreed that the building, where demolition is expected to begin today, was too damaged to be salvaged and said its heritage would be preserved in the new scheme.

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9:19pm Mon 1 Sep 14

abetterblackburn says...

Sorry to have missed your protest Mr Duckworth. The war memorial has meant nothing to Blackburn with Darwen Council as the decay shows only too well. It would have been very appropriate to have been able to have used the premises as a showcase for not only as somewhere to display items concerning the history of the area but also to commemorate the 100th year since the good people of the area gave generously towards that very same building in memory of those family members and friends who lost their lives during the first world war. The councillor who is responsible for this building to have fallen into such decay should lower his/her head in shame!

There is nothing that surprises me any more concerning the conduct of the Blackburn with Darwen Council leaders. I have found the council workers on the whole to be most helpful but those making decisions at a higher level never fail to show poor judgments. I was unaware of the event but feel sure that if you’re going to try other ways to publicise yet another event perhaps the Lancashire Telegraph would let their readers know beforehand?
Sorry to have missed your protest Mr Duckworth. The war memorial has meant nothing to Blackburn with Darwen Council as the decay shows only too well. It would have been very appropriate to have been able to have used the premises as a showcase for not only as somewhere to display items concerning the history of the area but also to commemorate the 100th year since the good people of the area gave generously towards that very same building in memory of those family members and friends who lost their lives during the first world war. The councillor who is responsible for this building to have fallen into such decay should lower his/her head in shame! There is nothing that surprises me any more concerning the conduct of the Blackburn with Darwen Council leaders. I have found the council workers on the whole to be most helpful but those making decisions at a higher level never fail to show poor judgments. I was unaware of the event but feel sure that if you’re going to try other ways to publicise yet another event perhaps the Lancashire Telegraph would let their readers know beforehand? abetterblackburn
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