Rawtenstall Town Hall to be demolished

This Is Lancashire: The old town hall annex The old town hall annex

THE annex of the former Rawtenstall Town Hall is set to be demolished early next year.

The site of the vacant council offices, that moved to Bacup Futures Park in December last year, could be left as an open space with new surfacing and planters.

The council’s Development Control Committee were advised by officers to approve the decision to raze the building to stop ‘spiralling maintenance costs’ and the ‘significant risk of vandalism’.

Coun Jimmy Eaton, who sits on the planning committee, said: “It needs knocking down but it shouldn’t be left as an open space, because people will just end up parking their cars there.”

In October, the council held informal discussions with young people who meet in the Town Square and a proposal was drafted by Rawtenstall Town Team for the hardstanding and adjacent lower car park be made available as a meeting point and skate area.

Coun Eaton said: “I was involved with setting up the skate boarding area in Stubbylee Park in Bacup and it is used seven days a week, whatever the weather.

“So a skate area might be a good thing for the site, but whatever happens, it shouldn not be left as an open space.”

The town hall building dates back to 1876, and the annex to be demolished was added in 1910.

A council report about the demolition said: “The regeneration of the Valley Centre and adjacent buildings in Rawtenstall is of strategic importance. A high quality masterplan-led design approach is being developed and will include the following elements: “A focal point for retailers with other supporting uses appropriate to a town centre.

“Design which responds to the existing townscape in concept, layout and design detailing and enhances Rawtenstall’s urban grain.

“Street masterplanning and design which provides active frontages and a mix of uses that encourages natural surveillance and a safe street environment.”

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5:20pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Copperhead says...

Councillor Eaton has demonstrated the arrogance and ignorance which is so typical of the jumped-up little commissars who infest our town halls.
He wants the space created by demolishing the annex to be covered with something, anything, in order to stop the citizens of Rawtenstall - the very citizens to whom he is answerable - from parking their cars.
Here, in one pig-ignorant sentence, is the problem with local politicians.
If the citizens of that town wish to use and park cars in THEIR town, what right has a self-important little Hitler like Eaton to stop them ?????
Has it not occurred to this stupid little man that one of the reasons that the high streets of this country are in such dire straits is because of blinkered car-haters like him stopping people from using their cars to access their home town ????
Our town halls seem infested with car-hating zealots who hammer us with propaganda about using public transport ( ie., buses ) when anyone with two brain cells to rub together would tell them that NOBODY uses buses by choice as they are slow, expensive, inconvenient and involve walking to and from the bus stop nearest ones home and destination AND you always end up sitting next to someone to whom soap is an unknown substance and who insists on talking about the weather, or, even worse, Blackburn Rovers.
I get a free bus pass AND I'm a retired bus driver and even I won't use a bus unless I am absolutely forced to do so.
Councillor Eaton - if your citizens wish to use cars, it is not your job to stand in their way. You are a public servant and NOT their master. They elect YOU.
YOU do NOT elect them.
If they wish to use cars rather than buses, it is your job to facilitate this, and not thwart their travel plans.
Also, if you allowed free parking, maybe you would get enough people back into your run-down town to help with it's revitalisation.
Private transport works - public transport does not.
Councillor Eaton has demonstrated the arrogance and ignorance which is so typical of the jumped-up little commissars who infest our town halls. He wants the space created by demolishing the annex to be covered with something, anything, in order to stop the citizens of Rawtenstall - the very citizens to whom he is answerable - from parking their cars. Here, in one pig-ignorant sentence, is the problem with local politicians. If the citizens of that town wish to use and park cars in THEIR town, what right has a self-important little Hitler like Eaton to stop them ????? Has it not occurred to this stupid little man that one of the reasons that the high streets of this country are in such dire straits is because of blinkered car-haters like him stopping people from using their cars to access their home town ???? Our town halls seem infested with car-hating zealots who hammer us with propaganda about using public transport ( ie., buses ) when anyone with two brain cells to rub together would tell them that NOBODY uses buses by choice as they are slow, expensive, inconvenient and involve walking to and from the bus stop nearest ones home and destination AND you always end up sitting next to someone to whom soap is an unknown substance and who insists on talking about the weather, or, even worse, Blackburn Rovers. I get a free bus pass AND I'm a retired bus driver and even I won't use a bus unless I am absolutely forced to do so. Councillor Eaton - if your citizens wish to use cars, it is not your job to stand in their way. You are a public servant and NOT their master. They elect YOU. YOU do NOT elect them. If they wish to use cars rather than buses, it is your job to facilitate this, and not thwart their travel plans. Also, if you allowed free parking, maybe you would get enough people back into your run-down town to help with it's revitalisation. Private transport works - public transport does not. Copperhead

5:33pm Fri 13 Dec 13

hassy bloke says...

Lets keep spending our council tax improving Rawtenstall.........
...oh hang on there are other towns in Rossendale!! Worst council bar none this lot!!
Lets keep spending our council tax improving Rawtenstall......... ...oh hang on there are other towns in Rossendale!! Worst council bar none this lot!! hassy bloke

5:39pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Loving lances says...

The photo is of the PictureHouse
The photo is of the PictureHouse Loving lances

5:45pm Fri 13 Dec 13

mysay.com says...

the annex?....only the annex?? what about the town hall itself which has been empty and unused for many years?? this will achieve nothing and be a complete waste of money......demolish the lot and lets have open space.....skating...
.parking AND a better bus station on its site!!!
the annex?....only the annex?? what about the town hall itself which has been empty and unused for many years?? this will achieve nothing and be a complete waste of money......demolish the lot and lets have open space.....skating... .parking AND a better bus station on its site!!! mysay.com

5:48pm Fri 13 Dec 13

mysay.com says...

the annex is nothing more than a portacabin which was erected whilst refurbishment of the town hall was carried out, they moved in there, paid for and carried out the refurbishment, then never bothered moving back in, rented other places instead at a huge cost to the public, including the new site a futures park.
the annex is nothing more than a portacabin which was erected whilst refurbishment of the town hall was carried out, they moved in there, paid for and carried out the refurbishment, then never bothered moving back in, rented other places instead at a huge cost to the public, including the new site a futures park. mysay.com

5:56pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Loving lances says...

This is another example of naff reporting at the LT.
No wonder that circulation of the local press is falling.
This week the owners of the Liverpool Post decided to kill it off. The same should happen to the LT. And the Rossendale Free Press.
This is another example of naff reporting at the LT. No wonder that circulation of the local press is falling. This week the owners of the Liverpool Post decided to kill it off. The same should happen to the LT. And the Rossendale Free Press. Loving lances

5:57pm Fri 13 Dec 13

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Copperhead wrote:
Councillor Eaton has demonstrated the arrogance and ignorance which is so typical of the jumped-up little commissars who infest our town halls.
He wants the space created by demolishing the annex to be covered with something, anything, in order to stop the citizens of Rawtenstall - the very citizens to whom he is answerable - from parking their cars.
Here, in one pig-ignorant sentence, is the problem with local politicians.
If the citizens of that town wish to use and park cars in THEIR town, what right has a self-important little Hitler like Eaton to stop them ?????
Has it not occurred to this stupid little man that one of the reasons that the high streets of this country are in such dire straits is because of blinkered car-haters like him stopping people from using their cars to access their home town ????
Our town halls seem infested with car-hating zealots who hammer us with propaganda about using public transport ( ie., buses ) when anyone with two brain cells to rub together would tell them that NOBODY uses buses by choice as they are slow, expensive, inconvenient and involve walking to and from the bus stop nearest ones home and destination AND you always end up sitting next to someone to whom soap is an unknown substance and who insists on talking about the weather, or, even worse, Blackburn Rovers.
I get a free bus pass AND I'm a retired bus driver and even I won't use a bus unless I am absolutely forced to do so.
Councillor Eaton - if your citizens wish to use cars, it is not your job to stand in their way. You are a public servant and NOT their master. They elect YOU.
YOU do NOT elect them.
If they wish to use cars rather than buses, it is your job to facilitate this, and not thwart their travel plans.
Also, if you allowed free parking, maybe you would get enough people back into your run-down town to help with it's revitalisation.
Private transport works - public transport does not.
I took my car off the road and use the bus to get to work, at only £20 a week it is much more cost effective and therefore my choice to do so.

It has some down sides but for me cost wins hands down. I can also sit and read the news on my phone while going to work and even read dull comments from little angry people who take like WAY too seriously and probably should go out and find a hobby :)
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: Councillor Eaton has demonstrated the arrogance and ignorance which is so typical of the jumped-up little commissars who infest our town halls. He wants the space created by demolishing the annex to be covered with something, anything, in order to stop the citizens of Rawtenstall - the very citizens to whom he is answerable - from parking their cars. Here, in one pig-ignorant sentence, is the problem with local politicians. If the citizens of that town wish to use and park cars in THEIR town, what right has a self-important little Hitler like Eaton to stop them ????? Has it not occurred to this stupid little man that one of the reasons that the high streets of this country are in such dire straits is because of blinkered car-haters like him stopping people from using their cars to access their home town ???? Our town halls seem infested with car-hating zealots who hammer us with propaganda about using public transport ( ie., buses ) when anyone with two brain cells to rub together would tell them that NOBODY uses buses by choice as they are slow, expensive, inconvenient and involve walking to and from the bus stop nearest ones home and destination AND you always end up sitting next to someone to whom soap is an unknown substance and who insists on talking about the weather, or, even worse, Blackburn Rovers. I get a free bus pass AND I'm a retired bus driver and even I won't use a bus unless I am absolutely forced to do so. Councillor Eaton - if your citizens wish to use cars, it is not your job to stand in their way. You are a public servant and NOT their master. They elect YOU. YOU do NOT elect them. If they wish to use cars rather than buses, it is your job to facilitate this, and not thwart their travel plans. Also, if you allowed free parking, maybe you would get enough people back into your run-down town to help with it's revitalisation. Private transport works - public transport does not.[/p][/quote]I took my car off the road and use the bus to get to work, at only £20 a week it is much more cost effective and therefore my choice to do so. It has some down sides but for me cost wins hands down. I can also sit and read the news on my phone while going to work and even read dull comments from little angry people who take like WAY too seriously and probably should go out and find a hobby :) HelmshoreMan2010

6:00pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Loving lances says...

There are a few current bus drivers who share Copperhead's views. The mystery is why they still want to work for the bus company!
There are a few current bus drivers who share Copperhead's views. The mystery is why they still want to work for the bus company! Loving lances

6:12pm Fri 13 Dec 13

vanlad says...

Am I going daft or is the photo showing the derelict Cinema!!!
Am I going daft or is the photo showing the derelict Cinema!!! vanlad

10:47pm Fri 13 Dec 13

pdb951 says...

LT is crap
LT is crap pdb951

10:47pm Fri 13 Dec 13

theboxman says...

I have a far better idea, Why not demolish the council and relocate the whole lot of them to CLOUD CUCKOO LAND where most of them are living anyway.
That way Bacup ,Haslingden and the rest of the valley could take back the assets that have been diverted for the glory and enhancement of the Great Republic of Rottenstall.
I have a far better idea, Why not demolish the council and relocate the whole lot of them to CLOUD CUCKOO LAND where most of them are living anyway. That way Bacup ,Haslingden and the rest of the valley could take back the assets that have been diverted for the glory and enhancement of the Great Republic of Rottenstall. theboxman

11:02pm Sun 15 Dec 13

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I actually appreciate you taking the time to reply and have no need or reason to report your post.

I'm still trying to work out how I can be a dick for wanting to use a bus but you clearly have a big hatred of public transport and no doubt some deep mental issues so I'm not one to argue.

As mentioned in my first comment it is much more cost effective for me to use the bus, it costs me £1000 a year and I do a 14 mile round trip 5 days a week for that. So again to refer to your comment I don't understand how using a form of transport that would cost me about 1/4 of the cost of driving could be idiotic, stupid or dumb?

For the record though, I do appreciate the bus isn't for everybody, it does however work for me which is the point I was making first time.
I actually appreciate you taking the time to reply and have no need or reason to report your post. I'm still trying to work out how I can be a dick for wanting to use a bus but you clearly have a big hatred of public transport and no doubt some deep mental issues so I'm not one to argue. As mentioned in my first comment it is much more cost effective for me to use the bus, it costs me £1000 a year and I do a 14 mile round trip 5 days a week for that. So again to refer to your comment I don't understand how using a form of transport that would cost me about 1/4 of the cost of driving could be idiotic, stupid or dumb? For the record though, I do appreciate the bus isn't for everybody, it does however work for me which is the point I was making first time. HelmshoreMan2010

4:19pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bacupian says...

The full plan / details are on
http://www.rossendal
e.gov.uk/site/script
s/planx_details.php?
appID=3474
The full plan / details are on http://www.rossendal e.gov.uk/site/script s/planx_details.php? appID=3474 bacupian

4:20pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bacupian says...

ps: they dont include the old picture house (pictured)!!
ps: they dont include the old picture house (pictured)!! bacupian

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