Coun­cil is of­ten pick­ing up pieces

Rossendale Free Press - - The Rossendale Scribbler -

IT’S easy to blame the coun­cil for pretty much any­thing that goes wrong here in Rossendale.

But some­times, it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that the coun­cil is pick­ing up the pieces, rather than caus­ing the prob­lem in the first time.

Take, for ex­am­ple, eye­sore build­ings we all com­plain about.

We tut at the coun­cil for the state of town cen­tres but the coun­cil, gen­er­ally, doesn’t own the build­ings which are in dis­re­pair.

The old Wool­worths store in Bacup is a good ex­am­ple.

The mil­lions being spent on re­gen­er­at­ing Bacup’s her­itage is great news for Bacup – but it only takes one or two eye­sore build­ings to re­ally pull the look and feel of a place down.

The own­ers of the build­ing now have just a few months to sort the build­ing out, or the coun­cil will have the op­tion to do the work, and bill the own­ers for it.

Coun Chris­tine Lamb, cabinet mem­ber for reg­u­la­tory ser­vices, said: “It is not fair on busi­nesses, res­i­dents and vis­i­tors who have to put up with it. I’m pleased that the work to im­prove the build­ing, which should have orig­i­nally been com­pleted by now, will fi­nally be car­ried out.

“We will con­sider le­gal ac­tion, where ap­pro­pri­ate, if com­mer­cial prop­erty own­ers do not look af­ter their build­ings.”

I think there are few peo­ple who would dis­agree.

Wool­worths in Bacup cen­tre in 1949, right

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