Review of decision to demolish Burnley 'hub'

This Is Lancashire: Residents have campaigned vigorously  to save the Glebe Street centre Residents have campaigned vigorously to save the Glebe Street centre

LIBERAL Democrats have ‘called in’ Burnley Council’s controversial decision to dispose of land surrounding Burnley Wood Youth and Community Group centre.

Five Lib Dem councillors have outlined their opposition to the proposals, which will see the Glebe Street hub demolished to make way for housing.

The council’s special res-ources scrutiny committee will meet next week to answer questions from the campaigners.

The scheme, which could see developers Keepmoat build 117 homes, was granted planning permission in November, and the council’s executive agreed to sign off the land, in Glebe Street, Kirkgate, and Parkinson Street, on December 10.

Almost 600 formal letters of objection, and a 1,400-signature petition, were pr-esented to councillors, but the executive voted unanimously in favour of the project.

Security officers at Burnley Town Hall had to usher out protestors at that meet-ing as tempers flared when council leader Julie Cooper announced that the land would be freed up.

The notice to ‘call in’ the decision has been signed by councillors Tracy Kennedy, Margaret Brindle, Jeff Sumner, Gordon Birtwistle, and Anne Kelly.

They said disposal of the land was ‘not acceptable’, and requested that it ‘rem-ains for recreational use’.

The letter said: “During the process of the related plan-ning application and approp- riation of the land in quest-ion, the council has received over 1,500 objections from local residents.

“Why has the council ch-osen to ignore the vast num- ber of objections and conc-erns from local people, with- out giving any adequate reasons and justification for this action? ”

They also questioned why the public were excluded from a previous executive meeting, in October 2012, where the land disposal was provisionally agreed.

The special resources scrutiny committee will meet at Burnley Town Hall, from 5.30pm, on Thur-sday, January 9.

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10:09am Wed 1 Jan 14

DaveBurnley says...

Julie Cooper showing that to her, democracy means ignoring the resident's wishes and doing whatever she wants.
Julie Cooper showing that to her, democracy means ignoring the resident's wishes and doing whatever she wants. DaveBurnley

11:16am Wed 1 Jan 14

Interocitor says...

According to Labour it was the Lib Dems who signed off the Keepmoat planning permission (when they ran the council) and any diversion from the plans will open the up council to legal action.

Now one of them isn't telling the truth, so I'll not trust either of them until a local newspaper publishes the relevant planning committee/full council minutes. Surely it can't be that difficult for a journalist to ask the council for the relevant papers.
According to Labour it was the Lib Dems who signed off the Keepmoat planning permission (when they ran the council) and any diversion from the plans will open the up council to legal action. Now one of them isn't telling the truth, so I'll not trust either of them until a local newspaper publishes the relevant planning committee/full council minutes. Surely it can't be that difficult for a journalist to ask the council for the relevant papers. Interocitor

12:27pm Wed 1 Jan 14

andy1 says...

Interocitor wrote:
According to Labour it was the Lib Dems who signed off the Keepmoat planning permission (when they ran the council) and any diversion from the plans will open the up council to legal action.

Now one of them isn't telling the truth, so I'll not trust either of them until a local newspaper publishes the relevant planning committee/full council minutes. Surely it can't be that difficult for a journalist to ask the council for the relevant papers.
Can this not be obtained under the freedom of information act? Also is Gordon Bertwhistle on the election agenda already. Giving the pledges he made not to vote for this and that in which he of course did not stick to can he be trusted again?
[quote][p][bold]Interocitor[/bold] wrote: According to Labour it was the Lib Dems who signed off the Keepmoat planning permission (when they ran the council) and any diversion from the plans will open the up council to legal action. Now one of them isn't telling the truth, so I'll not trust either of them until a local newspaper publishes the relevant planning committee/full council minutes. Surely it can't be that difficult for a journalist to ask the council for the relevant papers.[/p][/quote]Can this not be obtained under the freedom of information act? Also is Gordon Bertwhistle on the election agenda already. Giving the pledges he made not to vote for this and that in which he of course did not stick to can he be trusted again? andy1

6:56pm Thu 2 Jan 14

leyton says...

Now one of them isn't telling the truth, so I'll not trust either of them until a local newspaper publishes the relevant planning committee/full council minutes. Surely it can't be that difficult for a journalist to ask the council for the relevant papers
.hahaha do you actually believe their is an independent decent press in Burnley hahahahbizarre.
Now one of them isn't telling the truth, so I'll not trust either of them until a local newspaper publishes the relevant planning committee/full council minutes. Surely it can't be that difficult for a journalist to ask the council for the relevant papers .hahaha do you actually believe their is an independent decent press in Burnley hahahahbizarre. leyton

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