Rossendale Free Press
Crumbs of no comfort from the budget
THIS column got it wrong. Last week, I wrote that Rossendale had gained essentially nothing from the Budget.
Turns out we did get something £50,000 to support work on looking at whether the East Lancashire Railway could be re-ropened to regular rail services.
Talk about crumbs from the table.
Money was thrown around with abandon elsewhere in the country and the best we get is £50k to essentially repeat work done already?
Work which cost more than £50k to do in the first place?
Looking through the list of things being funded as part of the so-called Levelling Up Agenda, more money was been spent in other parts of the country on protecting a pub than on potentially giving Rossendale a decent rail service.
I think it’s fair to say that that the prospect of a regular commuter service from Rossendale to anywhere is as far away as ever.
Next stop, Groundhog Day!