CAR PARK IS WRONG MOVE

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HOMES NOT WANTED HERE

IN the Ob­server on July 24, the PWA plan­ning spokesper­son, act­ing for Reillys De­vel­op­ments, stated ‘the pro­pos­als will en­able the de­liv­ery of up to 250 much needed new homes at land to the south of Har­wood Lane... and the Rovers FC Football Fields etc’.

They went on to state ‘the sub­mis­sion of this hy­brid ap­pli­ca­tion fol­lows ex­ten­sive pre-ap­pli­ca­tion con­sul­ta­tion with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and Hyn­d­burn Bor­ough Coun­cil’. It is dif­fi­cult to find many peo­ple who want more lo­cal houses.

Hyn­d­burn Bor­ough Coun­cil owns 60 per cent of the Lyn­don site and Reillys owns 40 per cent. What of fu­ture ‘shows’? If you see the plans in the Ob­server there will be lit­tle space left for any fu­ture ‘Har­rod Agri­cul­tural Show’ or oc­ca­sional show-jump­ing and other events.

More than 1,300 of us ob­jected or pe­ti­tioned the coun­cil last au­tumn against the sale of the land. Our voices were of no con­cern to the Labour group of Hyn­d­burn Bor­ough Coun­cil.

Not one of the lo­cal five Labour coun­cil­lors has shown any sup­port for the peo­ple’s view.

The Hyn­d­burn Bor­ough Coun­cil Labour group needs the mil­lions of pounds from the sale of ‘our’ green land and fu­ture com­mu­nity charges. There is a so­lu­tion.

The in­fra­struc­ture of this great town sim­ply can­not cope with the ex­tra 250 houses – 50 of which will be cheaper rental prop­er­ties which may well af­fect cur­rent house prices.

If the coun­cil­lors put aside their plan for five-a-side pitches on Wind­sor Road, which no­body seems to want, the £220,000 al­lo­cated could be given to Rovers FC to stay on Lyn­don Play­ing Fields and build their chang­ing rooms. I ask the peo­ple of Great Har­wood to speak out for their rights and their town­ship to the coun­cil­lors and Hyn­d­burn Bor­ough Coun­cil. Pa­trick McGin­ley Great Har­wood I WISH to ob­ject to the coun­cil’s plan to dis­pose of the land de­scribed as ‘310 square me­tres bor­dered by Moscow Mill Street and Union Road Oswaldtwistle con­sist­ing of three benches and a raised flower bed with an in­tent to be used as ad­di­tional car park­ing’, (Ob­server, July 10).

I ob­ject to this land be­ing used as a car park by an ad­join­ing busi­ness.

1. The land is si­t­u­ated at a busy junction ser­viced by com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, coaches and ar­tic­u­lated HGV mak­ing de­liv­er­ies to said busi­ness and also the amount of pri­vate ve­hi­cles go­ing to the Oswaldtwistle Mill’s car parks si­t­u­ated next to the venue and also the two fur­ther large car parks si­t­u­ated fur­ther on Moscow Mill street.

At peak times, es­pe­cially school start and fin­ish­ing times, this public space can pro­vide a safe haven for groups of chil­dren and adults wait­ing to cross the junction away from the large ve­hi­cles turn­ing into Moscow Mill Street, which would be re­moved if the cur­rent in­ten­tion to cre­ate more car park­ing space goes ahead.

2. I feel that the public space pro­vides a much needed area of open space and at­trac­tive gar­dens and seat­ing in what is be­com­ing a very com­mer­cialised area.

I also feel that look­ing at a well kept area, an at­trac­tive flower bed, is more ben­e­fi­cial as Oswaldtwistle’s first im­pres­sion to tourists than a lim­ited few ex­tra car park­ing spa­ces which are not re­quired.

It does not state what will hap­pen to the trees on this site, are they to be felled for more tar­mac?

Let’s make Hyn­d­burn a bet­ter place to live rather than bury it un­der tar­mac. Stephen Foster Ac­cring­ton

This photo of Jack­house Na­ture Re­serve in Oswaldtwistle was taken by Franco Sanna.

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