WHAT you’ve been saying on our Facebook page:
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)