Hun­dreds fight plan for trav­eller camp

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -


HUN­DREDS of res­i­dents have ral­lied against pro­pos­als to cre­ate a per­ma­nent trav­eller site in a vil­lage com­mu­nity.

The plan to cre­ate a site for car­a­vans on land off Black­burn Road in Ris­ing Bridge has caused wide­spread anger.

A res­i­dents group in op­po­si­tion to the scheme was formed days af­ter Rossendale coun­cil launched a con­sul­ta­tion for the de­vel­op­ment.

The Ris­ing Bridge Com­mu­nity group has snow­balled to al­most 600 mem­bers and has dis­trib­uted 2,000 leaflets in the Ris­ing Bridge, Bax­en­den and Hasling­den ar­eas in­form­ing res­i­dents of the plan.

A group spokesman said: “We are not happy about the lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the coun­cil about this plan, res­i­dents have had to in­form them­selves about it.

“The big­gest is­sue is not the trav­ellers, it is the fact that the land is green belt and there is wildlife on there.”

She added: “There are bound to be some peo­ple who are not happy just be­cause it is a trav­eller site.”

The trav­eller site in Ris­ing Bridge is one of three cur­rently pro­posed in Rossendale and forms part of the coun­cil’s core strat­egy, Lo­cal Plan.

The strat­egy was adopted in 2011 af­ter a study by Sal­ford Univer­sity rec­om­mended the need for five per­ma­nent pitches, a fig­ure that was in line with na­tional gov­ern­ment guid­ance.

A coun­cil re­port which put for­ward the site in Ris­ing Bridge stated: “It is very well lo­cated for the pri­mary road net­work and close to lo­cal ser­vices and util­i­ties.

“The site is ad­ja­cent to wood­land and Na­tional Cy­cle Route 6 and im­pact on lo­cal res­i­dents is ex­pected to be mi­nor. Good land­scap­ing would help to screen the site.

“It is recog­nised that there are is­sues with re­spect to flood­ing, pos­si­ble ground con­tam­i­na­tion and prox­im­ity to a chem­i­cal plant.

“It is how­ever con­sid­ered that sub­ject to de­tailed con­sid­er­a­tion these are all ca­pa­ble of res­o­lu­tion.”

Rossendale Coun­cil deputy leader Chris­tine Lamb said: “It is only a pro­posal at the mo­ment. Coun­cil of­fi­cers have iden­ti­fied three po­ten­tial trav­eller sites and are con­sult­ing for a pe­riod of seven weeks.

“The per­ma­nent site even­tu­ally cho­sen will have five pitches and there will be one tran­sient site with three pitches.

“I would say that this is some­thing we have to do in line with na­tional gov­ern­ment guide­lines.”


PO­LICE have is­sued a CCTV ap­peal af­ter glasses frames were stolen from Boots Op­ti­cians in Ac­cring­ton town cen­tre.

Hyn­d­burn Po­lice have re­leased pic­tures of a man they want to speak to in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent which took place be­tween 2.40pm and 2.50pm on Thurs­day, July 16.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion call PC Hart­ley or PCSO South­worth on 01254 353103 quot­ing quote crime num­ber ED1509920 or log num­ber LC-20150727-0325.


PEO­PLE are in­vited to plant Wild­flower seeds at a park.

The event will be held at Bur­lough Park, Ac­cring­ton on Satur­day, Au­gust 1.

Ac­tiv­i­ties go­ing on through­out the day in­clude learn­ing how to plant wild­flower seeds and scyth­ing a wild­flower meadow.

The event is part of the South Pen­nines Grass­lands Pro­ject.

For more in­for­ma­tion and di­rec­tions call Cather­ine Had­don on 01772 324129 or e-mail vol­un­teer@lanc­swt.


BAX­EN­DEN Com­mu­nity Fo­rum is or­gan­is­ing a wood­land walk.

The walk will take place on Satur­day 1 Au­gust and led by guide Roger Cun­liffe.

It will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover new foot­paths and en­joy na­ture.

Any­one who wishes to take part should meet at Ha­worth Art Gallery at 1pm.

Suit­able cloth­ing and footwear are rec­om­mended.

For more in­for­ma­tion ring 01254 384619.

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