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PRO­TECTED ar­eas across Hyn­d­burn may be built on (‘Green belt land grab? 22 pieces of land could be given to de­vel­op­ers’, March 30)

Claire Houghton: Ex­cel­lent, more devel­op­ment around Clay­ton-le-Moors to in­crease the traf­fic on al­ready over con­gested roads. Fred Wil­liams: Houses need to be built, stop your whinge­ing. Oth­er­wise will be a frack­ing site. Phil Bed­son: Not whinge­ing at all, I’m a great ad­vo­cate of ‘needs must’ and all that but why not build on brown field sites? Why can’t we tidy up the messy bits be­fore tear­ing up the nice ones..... shouldn’t that be a pri­or­ity? Phil Bed­son: NO green belt land has a weak con­tri­bu­tion....why not deal with all the brown field sites first - there’s loads of them through­out Hyn­d­burn.... Char­lotte Young: And in Oswaldtwistle just off Black­burn Road there’s go­ing to be new build hous­ing start­ing at £200,000. Peo­ple round here don’t have that kind of money. One of my friends is a nurse and she says she’ll never get on the prop­erty lad­der. Hyn­d­burn needs af­ford­able hous­ing. Matt Brooks: Due to cuts the coun­cil are gonna be sell­ing land off for lux­ury houses. Houses do need to be built, but af­ford­able homes for young fam­i­lies, not five bed en-suites for the wealthy. Nor do we need prop­erty de­vel­op­ers rent­ing out these (po­ten­tial) prop­er­ties. Mark Ha­worth: I think they need to look at the in­fra­struc­ture of each vil­lage or town be­fore even think­ing about build­ing any more houses. Schools, doc­tors, den­tists, roads, reser­voirs need build­ing to sup­port these new builds Pat Bo­lam: I do hope that full con­sul­ta­tion will take place on this is­sue. And res­i­dents are given the chance to put their views for­ward. If we are not care­ful, we will see the same hap­pen­ing to Hyn­d­burn that has hap­pened to so many ar­eas in this coun­try, where green­belt land is lost to hous­ing while town cen­tres are left to de­cay. I do ap­pre­ci­ate that as the pop­u­la­tion grows, we will need more hous­ing. But I feel there are other op­tions open to us.

OP­PO­SI­TION to county hall plan for Whal­ley Road bus lane (‘Coun­cil to op­pose sec­ond bus lane’, March 30)

Vicky-Andy Red­fearn: I’m fed up of liv­ing on Whal­ley Road and my car get­ting dam­aged or not be­ing able to get a park­ing space near my own house when foot­ball is on. How about mak­ing it res­i­dents only park­ing? A bus lane IS NOT needed!! Sharon Gra­ham: The bus lane at the bot­tom end of Clay­ton op­po­site Sparth house has been very ef­fec­tive, hasn’t it?! Why pri­ori­tise empty buses on a road where peo­ple need to drive to school and work!! Heath Jep­son: Not seen a bus in it yet! Cassy Gowans: I use that bus, it does use the lane but it’s the wrong part of road to put it, the prob­lem starts af­ter the lights up to Hare and Hounds! Stephen Raw­cliffe: This road is not wide enough for a bus lane spe­cially with all the big wag­ons go­ing to the tip now, it’s just not re­quired. Elaine Join­son: How can they fit two of those huge wag­ons pass­ing each other and a bus lane on that stretch of road? Ch­eryl Jolly: More traf­fic chaos! - why not sort the Hare and Hounds junc­tion out first with new traf­fic light se­quences to al­low peo­ple to turn right safely? Sarah Han­cock: Stupid idea in my opin­ion, con­sid­er­ing bus prices keep go­ing up and not as many peo­ple use them any­more. It’s now cheaper to get a taxi rather than a bus for most jour­neys these days. Maybe if they low­ered bus prices more peo­ple would use them again and there­fore there would be less cars on the road to cre­ate traf­fic prob­lems. Su­san Case: No, stupid idea, if they had left the road like it was 20 years ago there would be plenty of room. Take out the pro­tru­sions. Julie Lloyd-mullen: In­vest­ment is needed to try and im­prove the traf­fic flow through Clay­ton..... not make it worse by adding a bus lane! Phil Sum­ner: What a waste of time and money just like the one by the Wood­lands, us­ing the money to re­pair the roads would be a bet­ter idea. Vera Walker: I just can’t see how a bus lane is go­ing to work. Where will all the res­i­dents park for a start.

CAN­DI­DATES sought to con­test lo­cal elec­tions (‘Res­i­dents ‘sick’ of party pol­i­tics urged to stand for new in­de­pen­dent group’, March 23)

Kay Aspinall: Hyn­d­burn needs new blood. Joan Smith: It is in­ter­est­ing that both the peo­ple men­tioned in this ar­ti­cle are land­lords, who in 2011 took Hyn­d­burn Coun­cil to court be­cause they did not ap­prove of the land­lord li­cens­ing scheme. Er­ica Ut­t­ley Ne Brindle: This coun­cil has acted un­pro­fes­sion­ally in the li­cenc­ing scheme.

Our front page last week and two of the green belt ar­eas that could be sold off – land bor­dered by Hursted Street, Manch­ester Road, Ed­ward Street and Hursted Farm in Bax­en­den (above) and land south of Burn­ley Road near Clay­ton-le-Moors (be­low)

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