Eyesore Rishton mill site could be revived

Blackburn Citizen: York Mill in Rishton York Mill in Rishton

NEW life could be breathed into a former mill site in Rishton branded a ‘blight’ by councillors.

Plans have been submitted to transform the old York Mill site into 32 new homes, including 25 houses and seven social rented properties.

The York Street mill was most recently home of former Accrington Stanley chairman Eric Whalley’s packaging business EW Cartons, which was demolished earlier this year after it became the target of metal thieves and vandals.

Owners EW Cartons were granted permission to flatten the building, which was constructed in the 1900s, after the site was stripped for its metal while standing empty.

And now the building has been flattened, but the eight foot stone walls of the mill have been retained.

The application was submitted by Alison Whalley, of EW Cartons Ltd.

Rishton councillor Ken Moss welcomed the interest in the site, but said that it needs to be the right development.

He said: “It was most certainly attracting the wrong sort of people to the area.

“This latest planning application is only outline planning permission and nothing has been decided by the council.

“It would, however, tidy up what is generally considered to be a blight site.

“You can’t just build houses, plans have to adhere to the local infrastructure – and all this will be considered by the council.

“At the moment it’s been derelict for quite a few years.

“The clean-up has been a long drawn out process.

“It’s a move in the right direction for the site.”

EW Cartons, which at one time employed up to 40 people at the site, moved to Altham Business Park in recent years.

Since then residents had to endure the site becoming a magnet for thieves, vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

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12:31pm Fri 28 Dec 12

martutd says...

get it done, & also demolish Albert Mill on Mary St (nr Eachill Gardens) & build more Sheltered housing for the older people
get it done, & also demolish Albert Mill on Mary St (nr Eachill Gardens) & build more Sheltered housing for the older people martutd

2:32pm Fri 28 Dec 12

theswayzeexpress says...

This idea could go either way. It would be good to use the derelict space for development of course but a similar thing happened at the bottom of Bridge Street and I wouldn't like to see either livesey st or cliff st go the same way as spring st did as a result.
This idea could go either way. It would be good to use the derelict space for development of course but a similar thing happened at the bottom of Bridge Street and I wouldn't like to see either livesey st or cliff st go the same way as spring st did as a result. theswayzeexpress

8:52pm Fri 28 Dec 12

severelyvexed says...

housing is not the right plan, I do not wish to fight for my car space or see the surrounding properties lose value because of the types of homes that are built. This site will not have homes for the elderly it will consist of homes for evicted council tennants from other areas of lancashire whom other councils want rid of. we see it all too often and as a resident of library street I will fight whalleys application, she is interested in profit only not the locals suffering once she sells the properties to associations. I would rather continue to look at the land as it is and any councillor spouting his mouth off about it being a benefit should try being a resident who lives where I live before they pass comments
housing is not the right plan, I do not wish to fight for my car space or see the surrounding properties lose value because of the types of homes that are built. This site will not have homes for the elderly it will consist of homes for evicted council tennants from other areas of lancashire whom other councils want rid of. we see it all too often and as a resident of library street I will fight whalleys application, she is interested in profit only not the locals suffering once she sells the properties to associations. I would rather continue to look at the land as it is and any councillor spouting his mouth off about it being a benefit should try being a resident who lives where I live before they pass comments severelyvexed

2:01pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Cllr Ken Moss says...

severelyvexed wrote:
housing is not the right plan, I do not wish to fight for my car space or see the surrounding properties lose value because of the types of homes that are built. This site will not have homes for the elderly it will consist of homes for evicted council tennants from other areas of lancashire whom other councils want rid of. we see it all too often and as a resident of library street I will fight whalleys application, she is interested in profit only not the locals suffering once she sells the properties to associations. I would rather continue to look at the land as it is and any councillor spouting his mouth off about it being a benefit should try being a resident who lives where I live before they pass comments
With respect, I am not mouthing off about anything. Across Rishton we have a number of derelict mill sites which are attracting the wrong sort of attention and creating nothing but problems for the Council. The three Rishton Councillors are keen to see these sites regenerated but as was stated in the article it has to be done in the right way. Livesey Street and York Street would be the only viable access points to a new development at York Mill and since there are already parking issues then the new development would only be allowed a certain number of houses so as not to cripple the infrastructure. I will be pushing for two entrance ways in order to ease any further strain on Livesey Street as I am all too aware of the problems there already. With regard to social tenants, this is something we will be objecting to as you only need to look at prior developments on Allan Critchlow Way and Bridgefield Close when they were originally built and the lack of forethought as to who the original tenants were. These areas are now much improved but it caused considerable disruption during the 1990s. I would invite you to look at our Rishton First news page if you want to find out a bit more about what your local Councillors do for the village, we aren't quite as cavalier as you seem to think and we take an active interest in every development across Rishton.
[quote][p][bold]severelyvexed[/bold] wrote: housing is not the right plan, I do not wish to fight for my car space or see the surrounding properties lose value because of the types of homes that are built. This site will not have homes for the elderly it will consist of homes for evicted council tennants from other areas of lancashire whom other councils want rid of. we see it all too often and as a resident of library street I will fight whalleys application, she is interested in profit only not the locals suffering once she sells the properties to associations. I would rather continue to look at the land as it is and any councillor spouting his mouth off about it being a benefit should try being a resident who lives where I live before they pass comments[/p][/quote]With respect, I am not mouthing off about anything. Across Rishton we have a number of derelict mill sites which are attracting the wrong sort of attention and creating nothing but problems for the Council. The three Rishton Councillors are keen to see these sites regenerated but as was stated in the article it has to be done in the right way. Livesey Street and York Street would be the only viable access points to a new development at York Mill and since there are already parking issues then the new development would only be allowed a certain number of houses so as not to cripple the infrastructure. I will be pushing for two entrance ways in order to ease any further strain on Livesey Street as I am all too aware of the problems there already. With regard to social tenants, this is something we will be objecting to as you only need to look at prior developments on Allan Critchlow Way and Bridgefield Close when they were originally built and the lack of forethought as to who the original tenants were. These areas are now much improved but it caused considerable disruption during the 1990s. I would invite you to look at our Rishton First news page if you want to find out a bit more about what your local Councillors do for the village, we aren't quite as cavalier as you seem to think and we take an active interest in every development across Rishton. Cllr Ken Moss

4:58pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Venomp says...

Rather see employment development
Rather see employment development Venomp

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