Bus sta­tion open­ing de­layed un­til 2019

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page -

THE new Rawten­stall bus sta­tion will NOT be fin­ished this year, re­gen­er­a­tion bosses have ad­mit­ted - as a dis­pute with Royal Mail over roads ac­cess rum­bles on.

Rossendale coun­cil con­firmed the £3.5m bus sta­tion will not be ready un­til ‘early 2019’.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions with Royal Mail over a ‘Stop­ping Up Or­der’ - which would close roads around its Kay Street sort­ing of­fice - have not yet pro­duced an agree­ment. Last Novem­ber we re­ported that the dis­pute could cause de­lays. How­ever, coun­cil leader Alyson Barnes in­sists the over­all £5.4m Spin­ning Point project re­mains on track for com­ple­tion in 2020, while the ren­o­vated old town hall is due to be com­pleted by July ahead of han­dover to To­gether Hous­ing.

In a state­ment, Coun Barnes said: “Whilst there have been some de­lays to the new bus sta­tion due to the stop­ping up ne­go­ti­a­tions, we are con­fi­dent that con­struc­tion will start very soon and that the over­all project timescales will still be met. Some slip­page on in­di­vid­ual el­e­ments is not un­com­mon on projects of this scale.

“The im­por­tant thing is how we deal with that slip­page to en­sure that the wider project is com­pleted on time and to the high­est stan­dard.”

The coun­cil hopes to an­nounce the first busi­nesses to join Spin­ning Point shortly and are ‘ex­tremely pleased’ with sev­eral ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est. A car park­ing con­sul­ta­tion will fol­low once they have a clearer idea of whether there will be a ho­tel or apart­ments as part of the devel­op­ment.

Lo­cal busi­nesses who may be in­ter­ested in re­lo­cat­ing should email tletts@lsh.co.uk.

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