Blackburn finance chief: 'We don’t want to be an Accrington’

This Is Lancashire: Andy Kay talked about the major investment that is going into Blackburn Andy Kay talked about the major investment that is going into Blackburn

MAJOR investment in Blackburn town centre is vital to prevent it declining into ‘another Accrington’, borough finance chief Andy Kay has told business leaders.

His comments have angered Hyndburn politicians who accused him of ‘pub talk’ and ‘typical Blackburn arrogance’.

Coun Kay, deputy leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, was addressing local business leaders about his plans for redeveloping the borough’s main town centre.

After outlining the plans for the Cathedral Quarter, new bus station and ‘Blackburn is Open’ campaign, he turned to justifying spending millions of pounds council tax and business ratepayers money on the initiatives. Coun Kay told the meeting at the town hall: “We have a vision of what we want the future of the town centre to be.

“We have to invest. We must not stand still.

“We cannot allow Blackburn to become another Accrington or Hyndburn.”

After the meeting, Coun Kay said: “Hyndburn totally failed to invest in the future of the borough and Accrington town centre for many years.

“The results are plain to see. These are difficult times and we have to invest in the future.”

And he paid tribute to Burnley’s record in promoting the growth of new businesses.

Hyndburn Tory councillor Tony Dobson, whose Barnfield ward includes part of Accrington town centre, said: “I think Coun Kay’s comments are disappointing and not true.

“If you look at the figures for empty town centre shops I think you will see Blackburn is worse than Accrington.

“Some people will see this as typical Blackburn arrogance.

“Which is not justified when you look at how its night-time economy has disappeared.’ Hyndburn borough Laour leader Miles Parkinson said: “Our priority in Hyndburn is to create jobs and that is what we are doing.

“The borough is often overshadowed by its larger neighbours Blackburn and Burnley.

“We want to see all the towns in East Lancashire grow. That should be all our aim.”

And Coun Parkinson added a messages for East Lancashire.

He said:“As councillors we should not be disparaging our neighbouring towns .

“That is a simple task. It’s just pub talk.

“We want to make Accington town centre a niche market.

“That is different from all the sameness of our bigger neighbours.”

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12:11pm Wed 5 Feb 14

adamdesk says...

discriminating against towns WHY? its Lancashire

being honest I like Accrington more then Blackburn
Free parking , open space, all kinds of shops
If the markets stalls are old they get charged less rent and customers get discount in return
discriminating against towns WHY? its Lancashire being honest I like Accrington more then Blackburn Free parking , open space, all kinds of shops If the markets stalls are old they get charged less rent and customers get discount in return adamdesk

1:48pm Wed 5 Feb 14

We'll win the next one says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
Why are people saying awful things about Blackburn! Blackburn has had Jack Straw working tirelessly for over thirty odd years making it the wonderful place that it is today. Under his tirelessly dedicated governance he has been able to promote and bring about perfect community cohesion in Blackburn with Darwen unlike most of the other areas surrounding it. Never before has anyone been able to boast about Blackburn where everyone is now able to work together in complete harmony like never before. Jack Straw has had to travel all the way from London for our welfare which is undoubtedly far more than what anyone could ever have expected an MP to have to do. Just what are we going to do without Jack Straw looking after us up here in Blackburn I do not know? Thankfully, I feel sure that his loyal helper Kate Hollern who can always be found toilling away forever striving to uphold his lifelong endeavours. Indeed, Kate Hollern is the perfect person to carry on his good work after Jack regrettable will be having to retire. I feel sure all within Blackburn with Darwen will be hoping that Kate is successful in obtaining her wish to carry on his good work as MP for Blackburn. It’s an awful prospect I’m sure everyone will agree to have to say Farwell to Jack Straw but this unfortunate happening will soon be upon us. Blackburn without Jack Straw will be like Christmas without it’s Father! So please, how can anyone criticise Blackburn. It’s a wonderful place thanks to Jack Straw and his crew. You should all be thankful and stop all of those feeble criticisms about what Blackburn is like today. Blackburn is a wonderful place and will always remain so providing Kate is able to carry on Jack Straw‘s good work. Here‘s keeping our fingers crossed!
Kate, get back to work.
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: Why are people saying awful things about Blackburn! Blackburn has had Jack Straw working tirelessly for over thirty odd years making it the wonderful place that it is today. Under his tirelessly dedicated governance he has been able to promote and bring about perfect community cohesion in Blackburn with Darwen unlike most of the other areas surrounding it. Never before has anyone been able to boast about Blackburn where everyone is now able to work together in complete harmony like never before. Jack Straw has had to travel all the way from London for our welfare which is undoubtedly far more than what anyone could ever have expected an MP to have to do. Just what are we going to do without Jack Straw looking after us up here in Blackburn I do not know? Thankfully, I feel sure that his loyal helper Kate Hollern who can always be found toilling away forever striving to uphold his lifelong endeavours. Indeed, Kate Hollern is the perfect person to carry on his good work after Jack regrettable will be having to retire. I feel sure all within Blackburn with Darwen will be hoping that Kate is successful in obtaining her wish to carry on his good work as MP for Blackburn. It’s an awful prospect I’m sure everyone will agree to have to say Farwell to Jack Straw but this unfortunate happening will soon be upon us. Blackburn without Jack Straw will be like Christmas without it’s Father! So please, how can anyone criticise Blackburn. It’s a wonderful place thanks to Jack Straw and his crew. You should all be thankful and stop all of those feeble criticisms about what Blackburn is like today. Blackburn is a wonderful place and will always remain so providing Kate is able to carry on Jack Straw‘s good work. Here‘s keeping our fingers crossed![/p][/quote]Kate, get back to work. We'll win the next one

2:11pm Wed 5 Feb 14

caballo says...

Three words Mr Kay, kettle, pot and black!!
Three words Mr Kay, kettle, pot and black!! caballo

2:21pm Wed 5 Feb 14

shytalk says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
Why are people saying awful things about Blackburn!

Blackburn has had Jack Straw working tirelessly for over thirty odd years making it the wonderful place that it is today. Under his tirelessly dedicated governance he has been able to promote and bring about perfect community cohesion in Blackburn with Darwen unlike most of the other areas surrounding it. Never before has anyone been able to boast about Blackburn where everyone is now able to work together in complete harmony like never before. Jack Straw has had to travel all the way from London for our welfare which is undoubtedly far more than what anyone could ever have expected an MP to have to do. Just what are we going to do without Jack Straw looking after us up here in Blackburn I do not know?

Thankfully, I feel sure that his loyal helper Kate Hollern who can always be found toilling away forever striving to uphold his lifelong endeavours. Indeed, Kate Hollern is the perfect person to carry on his good work after Jack regrettable will be having to retire. I feel sure all within Blackburn with Darwen will be hoping that Kate is successful in obtaining her wish to carry on his good work as MP for Blackburn. It’s an awful prospect I’m sure everyone will agree to have to say Farwell to Jack Straw but this unfortunate happening will soon be upon us. Blackburn without Jack Straw will be like Christmas without it’s Father!

So please, how can anyone criticise Blackburn. It’s a wonderful place thanks to Jack Straw and his crew. You should all be thankful and stop all of those feeble criticisms about what Blackburn is like today. Blackburn is a wonderful place and will always remain so providing Kate is able to carry on Jack Straw‘s good work. Here‘s keeping our fingers crossed!
Blackburn is now a third world Islamic ghetto thanx to J Straw.
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: Why are people saying awful things about Blackburn! Blackburn has had Jack Straw working tirelessly for over thirty odd years making it the wonderful place that it is today. Under his tirelessly dedicated governance he has been able to promote and bring about perfect community cohesion in Blackburn with Darwen unlike most of the other areas surrounding it. Never before has anyone been able to boast about Blackburn where everyone is now able to work together in complete harmony like never before. Jack Straw has had to travel all the way from London for our welfare which is undoubtedly far more than what anyone could ever have expected an MP to have to do. Just what are we going to do without Jack Straw looking after us up here in Blackburn I do not know? Thankfully, I feel sure that his loyal helper Kate Hollern who can always be found toilling away forever striving to uphold his lifelong endeavours. Indeed, Kate Hollern is the perfect person to carry on his good work after Jack regrettable will be having to retire. I feel sure all within Blackburn with Darwen will be hoping that Kate is successful in obtaining her wish to carry on his good work as MP for Blackburn. It’s an awful prospect I’m sure everyone will agree to have to say Farwell to Jack Straw but this unfortunate happening will soon be upon us. Blackburn without Jack Straw will be like Christmas without it’s Father! So please, how can anyone criticise Blackburn. It’s a wonderful place thanks to Jack Straw and his crew. You should all be thankful and stop all of those feeble criticisms about what Blackburn is like today. Blackburn is a wonderful place and will always remain so providing Kate is able to carry on Jack Straw‘s good work. Here‘s keeping our fingers crossed![/p][/quote]Blackburn is now a third world Islamic ghetto thanx to J Straw. shytalk

2:29pm Wed 5 Feb 14

vicn1956 says...

And Accrington replies-we don't want to be a Blackburn!
And Accrington replies-we don't want to be a Blackburn! vicn1956

2:40pm Wed 5 Feb 14

churchman says...

accrington.blackburn and burnley.does it matter which,there all shitholes
accrington.blackburn and burnley.does it matter which,there all shitholes churchman

4:03pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Noiticer says...

No matter what they do to Blackburn and some of the other NE Lancashire towns they will never make them attractive enough to encourage the professional middle and aspiring working classes to remain there as the urban fabric is clapped out, cultural life is poor compared to many other towns, higher skilled job opportunities are few in number and the impact of immigration are but some of the issues. Few graduates return to the area for obvious reasons. The area is in a spiral of social decline. I believe the Borough's chief aministrative officers choose not to live in the town which says an awful lot and is a disgrace. Not all the blame can be laid at the door of our local politicians and much blame can be laid at the door of our Londoncentric political system which has generally failed the old industrial areas such as our's.
No matter what they do to Blackburn and some of the other NE Lancashire towns they will never make them attractive enough to encourage the professional middle and aspiring working classes to remain there as the urban fabric is clapped out, cultural life is poor compared to many other towns, higher skilled job opportunities are few in number and the impact of immigration are but some of the issues. Few graduates return to the area for obvious reasons. The area is in a spiral of social decline. I believe the Borough's chief aministrative officers choose not to live in the town which says an awful lot and is a disgrace. Not all the blame can be laid at the door of our local politicians and much blame can be laid at the door of our Londoncentric political system which has generally failed the old industrial areas such as our's. Noiticer

4:30pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Noiticer says...

Just read that Blackburn came in the bottom ten of British large towns/cities for life satisfaction which goes to prove my point - Blackburn has more to do than cosmetic changes to its centre. Even clearing it of its litter blight would have apositive effect - it's such a litter strewn place and very depressing.
Just read that Blackburn came in the bottom ten of British large towns/cities for life satisfaction which goes to prove my point - Blackburn has more to do than cosmetic changes to its centre. Even clearing it of its litter blight would have apositive effect - it's such a litter strewn place and very depressing. Noiticer

5:01pm Wed 5 Feb 14

moxhie says...

Accrington began to go dowmhill years ago , but the slide downwards really accelerated under the Britcliffe adminisration .

It is absolutely disgusting how the Britcliffe Council administered the finances of Accrington .
Accrington began to go dowmhill years ago , but the slide downwards really accelerated under the Britcliffe adminisration . It is absolutely disgusting how the Britcliffe Council administered the finances of Accrington . moxhie

7:03pm Wed 5 Feb 14

mavrick says...

The real trouble with Blackburn is they think they are superior to other surrounding towns. The facts don't bear that out. Cllr Kay struts about with the supreme arrogance of thinking he was born to rule. As for Accrington, It is obvious it has suffered in the recession but since the demise of the manufacturing base, It has never had the proper targeted support and training to replace the thousands of jobs that disappeared over a short time. Platt,s,Ewbank, English Electric. to name but a few of the large employers.
This allowed the rot to set in. A low wage economy, poor health, poor housing, A local council could never have coped with this dramatic downturn. Would this have happened in the south east of the country, I don't think so. The quality of the training in this area is very patchy to say the least. So add in these factors to a bad recession, Is it any wonder our town centre is suffering. people have less to spend and more people are shopping online. Blackburn has the same problems except it is a bigger place and it does not look as bad, Accrington is far more compact in the centre, We have some fantastic little Victorian shops a Market, free parking, but we are still struggling. Because people can only spend a pound once.We need to offer people hope and show we mean business despite being penalised for being a labour area. Why has a minister for enterprise and employment not visited this area, why do we not qualify for grants? The last government did not do much to help but this coalition is the most vicious in History, They are on a mission to destroy public services as soon as possible. It is people in these services that do deliver the help, the jobs. It is high time we stood up and made our voice heard. We have the power with a vote and they want it.
The real trouble with Blackburn is they think they are superior to other surrounding towns. The facts don't bear that out. Cllr Kay struts about with the supreme arrogance of thinking he was born to rule. As for Accrington, It is obvious it has suffered in the recession but since the demise of the manufacturing base, It has never had the proper targeted support and training to replace the thousands of jobs that disappeared over a short time. Platt,s,Ewbank, English Electric. to name but a few of the large employers. This allowed the rot to set in. A low wage economy, poor health, poor housing, A local council could never have coped with this dramatic downturn. Would this have happened in the south east of the country, I don't think so. The quality of the training in this area is very patchy to say the least. So add in these factors to a bad recession, Is it any wonder our town centre is suffering. people have less to spend and more people are shopping online. Blackburn has the same problems except it is a bigger place and it does not look as bad, Accrington is far more compact in the centre, We have some fantastic little Victorian shops a Market, free parking, but we are still struggling. Because people can only spend a pound once.We need to offer people hope and show we mean business despite being penalised for being a labour area. Why has a minister for enterprise and employment not visited this area, why do we not qualify for grants? The last government did not do much to help but this coalition is the most vicious in History, They are on a mission to destroy public services as soon as possible. It is people in these services that do deliver the help, the jobs. It is high time we stood up and made our voice heard. We have the power with a vote and they want it. mavrick

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