Rawtenstall town centre to get seaside transformation

LIFE will be a beach in Rawtenstall this summer when the town square is transformed into a seaside resort-themed attraction.

For two weeks of the summer holidays, the site of the former Valley Centre will feature sand, deckchairs, fairground rides, face-painting, ice cream, and possibly even donkey rides.

Organisers Foster Cubbins Funfairs are paying Rawtenstall Town Team, a volunteer group of business owners and residents, for the use of the town square for the event.

June Worsley, chairman of the town team, said the money paid to the Town Team to rent the space would then be poured back into the town by the group, on projects such as getting better signage for the town centre. She said: “It won’t be costing the council, or anybody else other than Foster Cubbins Funfairs, any money, contrary to other reports.

“They approached us with the idea and we really liked it. We are still in discussions with the company in terms of deciding a figure.

“We regularly hire out the town square to organisations, and come up with a figure based on what we believe they should pay.

“Charities can use it for free for events, as can the NHS, but businesses who are going to make a profit will have to pay us a fair price, as Foster Stubbins will.

“I’m really looking forward to the event, which is called Rawtenstall-on-Sea. It’s going to be aimed at children and families.

“Some children in Rawtenstall won’t have ever been to a beach, because we aren’t exactly near to the coast, and we can bring it to them.”

The beach will be made using real sand similar to that used in children’s sandpits. The event will run from August 1 to 10.

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6:03pm Fri 17 Jan 14

hassy bloke says...

Yet another absolute gem from Rossendale Borough Council, as everyone knows there will be traffic chaos all year due to the work on the sewers.
Having said that there is always the Valley climate of guaranteed sunshine every August, roll on local elections
Yet another absolute gem from Rossendale Borough Council, as everyone knows there will be traffic chaos all year due to the work on the sewers. Having said that there is always the Valley climate of guaranteed sunshine every August, roll on local elections hassy bloke
  • Score: 6

8:49pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Malthus says...

What a fantastic idea. Whoever thought of creating a giant litter tray for feral rats and cats which can then be used for children to play in is a genius. According to June Worsley, chairman of the town team “It won’t be costing the council, or anybody else other than Foster Cubbins Funfairs, any money." However, surely it already has, unless that is, June Worsley and her team are have been and are working in a voluntary capacity. If not then this idea has already cost the residents of Rawtenstall because any meeting, discussion or negotiation costs the Council Tax payer money. To me this just appears to be yet another example of the "thinking outside the box" and "Blue Sky" initiatives that generally end up as overly hyped and under attended events that desperate councils, for whatever reason, believe will save town centre shopping. What gets me though is why do councils not address the obvious things, such as providing free parking, reducing business rates for traders and opening up council run markets on a sunday.

With regard the statement "“Some children in Rawtenstall won’t have ever been to a beach, because we aren’t exactly near to the coast, and we can bring it to them.” Well to be honest we are not that far from the coast and I would argue if the parents cannot find the time or effort to go the thirty miles to Blackpool, Cleveleys or Morecombe then they are hardly likely to go to the town centre for a fun day out are they? Parents aside though, yes It may be fun for kids, but how many business owners are interested in attracting children to the town en masse? If these children are not supervised then all I can see for business owners is extra work, increased staffing and loss of stock.
What a fantastic idea. Whoever thought of creating a giant litter tray for feral rats and cats which can then be used for children to play in is a genius. According to June Worsley, chairman of the town team “It won’t be costing the council, or anybody else other than Foster Cubbins Funfairs, any money." However, surely it already has, unless that is, June Worsley and her team are have been and are working in a voluntary capacity. If not then this idea has already cost the residents of Rawtenstall because any meeting, discussion or negotiation costs the Council Tax payer money. To me this just appears to be yet another example of the "thinking outside the box" and "Blue Sky" initiatives that generally end up as overly hyped and under attended events that desperate councils, for whatever reason, believe will save town centre shopping. What gets me though is why do councils not address the obvious things, such as providing free parking, reducing business rates for traders and opening up council run markets on a sunday. With regard the statement "“Some children in Rawtenstall won’t have ever been to a beach, because we aren’t exactly near to the coast, and we can bring it to them.” Well to be honest we are not that far from the coast and I would argue if the parents cannot find the time or effort to go the thirty miles to Blackpool, Cleveleys or Morecombe then they are hardly likely to go to the town centre for a fun day out are they? Parents aside though, yes It may be fun for kids, but how many business owners are interested in attracting children to the town en masse? If these children are not supervised then all I can see for business owners is extra work, increased staffing and loss of stock. Malthus
  • Score: 5

11:28pm Fri 17 Jan 14

shytalk says...

At the Rawtenstall annual fair. Tattooed ladies? Fat girl? mermaid?
At the Rawtenstall annual fair. Tattooed ladies? Fat girl? mermaid? shytalk
  • Score: 6

12:58pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Box Pool says...

Read the report Malthus, June Worsley IS a volunteer.
Read the report Malthus, June Worsley IS a volunteer. Box Pool
  • Score: -1

1:36pm Sat 18 Jan 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Why do people have to be so negative, if you don't like the idea just keep away while it's on!

Better still stop dragging Rossendale down with all the negative attitude, no wonder people don't have pride where they live with people knocking every idea and everything else down around here!

Here's an idea, if you don't like Rossendale so much then move, there's no law saying people HAVE to live here and to be honest it would be a much better place without half of the LT comment contributors!
Why do people have to be so negative, if you don't like the idea just keep away while it's on! Better still stop dragging Rossendale down with all the negative attitude, no wonder people don't have pride where they live with people knocking every idea and everything else down around here! Here's an idea, if you don't like Rossendale so much then move, there's no law saying people HAVE to live here and to be honest it would be a much better place without half of the LT comment contributors! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: -5

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