Blackburn bridge to nowhere finally set to be the bridge to somewhere!

Blackburn bridge to nowhere finally set to be the bridge to somewhere!

ALL SYSTEMS GO The Wainwright Bridge which will soon be connected properly to the Blackburn ring road

ALL SYSTEMS GO Blackburn Spiritualist Church

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

BLACKBURN’S £12million ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ will finally have a destination SIX YEARS after its construction started, it was revealed last night.

A deal worth up to £800,000 to buy Blackburn’s Spiritualist Church has opened the way for £7-million to be spent completing Blackburn’s orbital road.

It means the Wainwright Bridge, which was started in 2006, will at last link up with the rest of the town centre ring road.

Blackburn with Darwen council leader Kate Hollern said the news would be a huge boost to the town.

She said: “At last the bridge to nowhere will be a bridge to somewhere. I am delighted.”

Construction work on the long-delayed final link will start next year and be completed in 2014 after the church agreed to sell its premises on St Peter Street to the council after months of tough negotiations.

The church’s initial refusal to sell had looked set to spark a lengthy new public inquiry.

The deal ends a long saga of problems dogging the link road after English Heritage objected to the demolition of the 18th Century Old Police House in King Street.

Bodies in St Peter Street graveyard, opposite the church, will also have to be carefully disinterred and moved.

The remaining stage of the orbital route will link Bolton Road and Preston Old Road, and go from Freckleton Street to Montague Street.

The deal will also allow the completion of the knowledge zone around the college/university campus.

The £7 million cost, which is included in the authority’s capital budget, is almost double the original £4 million planned.

Coun Hollern and borough regeneration boss Dave Harling hope the scheme will now speed through the detailed planning procedures, with construction starting next year.

“This is great news,” said Coun Hollern. “We can now complete the orbital route and get on with the rest of the knowledge zone around the Blackburn College campus.”

Coun Harling said: “This is another crucial piece of the town centre redevelopment jigsaw. We have agreed the purchase of Able Motors and hope to start construction next year with completion in 18 months. In the meantime we also have to carefully dig up the graveyards and move the bodies.

Blackburn MP Jack Straw said the deal was excellent news.

He said: “I was involved in getting this iconic bridge built. I am very glad it will now be used for its original purpose.”

Borough Tory leader Michael Lee also welcomed the news but said: “I shall be asking the executive board about the details of the financial settlement to ensure that the spiritualist church did not make a profit on the deal and that council taxpayers are getting value for money.”

As part of the arrangement a new church will be built on a current car park in Montague Street.

The final approval to buy the existing spiritualist church and relocate it to a new building will be rubber stamped by the borough’s executive board tomorrow night (THURS).

The approval will be 48 hours after plans for the £25 million Cathedral Quarter were submitted to the council on Tuesday.

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11:52am Wed 12 Sep 12

burner says...

NOW will any cyclist use it? I mean, 50% of its surface is cycle lane . . . . let's not have cars, lorries or buses driving over more easily, eh ?
NOW will any cyclist use it? I mean, 50% of its surface is cycle lane . . . . let's not have cars, lorries or buses driving over more easily, eh ? burner
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12:46pm Wed 12 Sep 12

happycyclist says...

burner wrote:
NOW will any cyclist use it? I mean, 50% of its surface is cycle lane . . . . let's not have cars, lorries or buses driving over more easily, eh ?
Calm down burner. It's obvious that the cycle lane was put on the bridge as a sop to cyclists until the ring road was completed. The bridge is wide enough for two lanes and that's what will happen when the work is completed. Or at least, that's what should happen.
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: NOW will any cyclist use it? I mean, 50% of its surface is cycle lane . . . . let's not have cars, lorries or buses driving over more easily, eh ?[/p][/quote]Calm down burner. It's obvious that the cycle lane was put on the bridge as a sop to cyclists until the ring road was completed. The bridge is wide enough for two lanes and that's what will happen when the work is completed. Or at least, that's what should happen. happycyclist
  • Score: 5

1:42pm Wed 12 Sep 12

turd moor says...

i still think it's a waste of money,people would much prefer the pot holes to be filled in instead
i still think it's a waste of money,people would much prefer the pot holes to be filled in instead turd moor
  • Score: 2

2:04pm Wed 12 Sep 12

burner says...

Cheers, happyc, if , as you say, it's intended to be a 4-lane road then . . . I is calmed !!! :)
Cheers, happyc, if , as you say, it's intended to be a 4-lane road then . . . I is calmed !!! :) burner
  • Score: 0

3:35pm Wed 12 Sep 12

Joseph O'M says...

Borough Tory leader Michael Lee said “I shall be asking the executive board about the details of the financial settlement to ensure that the spiritualist church did not make a profit on the deal and that council taxpayers are getting value for money.” This seems an odd and slightly insensitive thing to say considering the congregation of the Spiritualist Temple didn't ask to move, didn't want to move and have presumably felt ousted and disregarded. I'd love to think that £800,000 would build them a building as unique and interesting as the existing building, built in 1901. If I was them, I'd have agreed the deal only if the existing building was replicated on Montague Street (it still could be if it was taken down brick by brick and would probably be cheaper then a new build). I really hope the road is worth it and turns things around for the town as the council hope it will.
Borough Tory leader Michael Lee said “I shall be asking the executive board about the details of the financial settlement to ensure that the spiritualist church did not make a profit on the deal and that council taxpayers are getting value for money.” This seems an odd and slightly insensitive thing to say considering the congregation of the Spiritualist Temple didn't ask to move, didn't want to move and have presumably felt ousted and disregarded. I'd love to think that £800,000 would build them a building as unique and interesting as the existing building, built in 1901. If I was them, I'd have agreed the deal only if the existing building was replicated on Montague Street (it still could be if it was taken down brick by brick and would probably be cheaper then a new build). I really hope the road is worth it and turns things around for the town as the council hope it will. Joseph O'M
  • Score: 2

4:39pm Wed 12 Sep 12

jimpy0 says...

Borough Tory leader Michael Lee said “I shall be asking the executive board about the details of the financial settlement to ensure that the spiritualist church did not make a profit on the deal and that council taxpayers are getting value for money.”

Was the same applied when they spent millions on the ahem funeral parlor and associated properties near Hill Street.
Borough Tory leader Michael Lee said “I shall be asking the executive board about the details of the financial settlement to ensure that the spiritualist church did not make a profit on the deal and that council taxpayers are getting value for money.” Was the same applied when they spent millions on the ahem funeral parlor and associated properties near Hill Street. jimpy0
  • Score: 3

4:42pm Wed 12 Sep 12

retired one says...

jimpy0 wrote:
Borough Tory leader Michael Lee said “I shall be asking the executive board about the details of the financial settlement to ensure that the spiritualist church did not make a profit on the deal and that council taxpayers are getting value for money.”

Was the same applied when they spent millions on the ahem funeral parlor and associated properties near Hill Street.
You took the words right out of my mouth, and that deal was done behind closed doors.
[quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: Borough Tory leader Michael Lee said “I shall be asking the executive board about the details of the financial settlement to ensure that the spiritualist church did not make a profit on the deal and that council taxpayers are getting value for money.” Was the same applied when they spent millions on the ahem funeral parlor and associated properties near Hill Street.[/p][/quote]You took the words right out of my mouth, and that deal was done behind closed doors. retired one
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5:06pm Wed 12 Sep 12

jimpy0 says...

Politicians need to remember we the great unwashed have long memories, unlike the sheep who keep voting for them.
Politicians need to remember we the great unwashed have long memories, unlike the sheep who keep voting for them. jimpy0
  • Score: 0

8:56pm Wed 12 Sep 12

ste.g says...

and in order to complete this project the council are going to desecrate graves and blatantly break the law and knock down a listed building.(£15,000 fine)of tax payers money.
and in order to complete this project the council are going to desecrate graves and blatantly break the law and knock down a listed building.(£15,000 fine)of tax payers money. ste.g
  • Score: 1

9:09pm Wed 12 Sep 12

BlackburnBadger says...

About time too. Are the plans still in place for regeneration of the surrounding area though, because I seem to remember funding being secured a good number of years ago through the EU development fund, yet I think the money is taken back if left unused for a set period of time.
About time too. Are the plans still in place for regeneration of the surrounding area though, because I seem to remember funding being secured a good number of years ago through the EU development fund, yet I think the money is taken back if left unused for a set period of time. BlackburnBadger
  • Score: 0

9:09pm Wed 12 Sep 12

BlackburnBadger says...

About time too. Are the plans still in place for regeneration of the surrounding area though, because I seem to remember funding being secured a good number of years ago through the EU development fund, yet I think the money is taken back if left unused for a set period of time.
About time too. Are the plans still in place for regeneration of the surrounding area though, because I seem to remember funding being secured a good number of years ago through the EU development fund, yet I think the money is taken back if left unused for a set period of time. BlackburnBadger
  • Score: 0

12:33am Thu 13 Sep 12

Info-warrior says...

Lets hope that the regeneration of the surrounding area includes knocking down those run down flats on the corner of Montigue King St junction.

How are they going to join Whalley Banks to the new ring road is the mystery? I saw some plans on this project years ago and back then nobody seem to know exactly how Whalley Banks links in "traffic lights or roundabout".? And finally what will happen to all the residents that live in St Peters Street hostel..?
Lets hope that the regeneration of the surrounding area includes knocking down those run down flats on the corner of Montigue King St junction. How are they going to join Whalley Banks to the new ring road is the mystery? I saw some plans on this project years ago and back then nobody seem to know exactly how Whalley Banks links in "traffic lights or roundabout".? And finally what will happen to all the residents that live in St Peters Street hostel..? Info-warrior
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2:37pm Thu 13 Sep 12

ossym says...

retired one wrote:
jimpy0 wrote:
Borough Tory leader Michael Lee said “I shall be asking the executive board about the details of the financial settlement to ensure that the spiritualist church did not make a profit on the deal and that council taxpayers are getting value for money.”

Was the same applied when they spent millions on the ahem funeral parlor and associated properties near Hill Street.
You took the words right out of my mouth, and that deal was done behind closed doors.
Wasnt he supposed to have retired or agreed not to set up in the same area.

Set up again just up King st hasnt he?



PS

Whats the definition of a happy medium....



A drunken spiritulist.



I thank you!
[quote][p][bold]retired one[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: Borough Tory leader Michael Lee said “I shall be asking the executive board about the details of the financial settlement to ensure that the spiritualist church did not make a profit on the deal and that council taxpayers are getting value for money.” Was the same applied when they spent millions on the ahem funeral parlor and associated properties near Hill Street.[/p][/quote]You took the words right out of my mouth, and that deal was done behind closed doors.[/p][/quote]Wasnt he supposed to have retired or agreed not to set up in the same area. Set up again just up King st hasnt he? PS Whats the definition of a happy medium.... A drunken spiritulist. I thank you! ossym
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