Burnley councillors clash over Glebe Street demolition

This Is Lancashire: The site of the demolished Glebe Street Community Centre The site of the demolished Glebe Street Community Centre

BURNLEY councillors clashed over the decision to demolish Glebe Street community centre at a full council meeting.

Liberal Democrat councillor Jeff Sumner criticised Burnley Council for pulling down the building without giving prior notice that the demolition was going to take place.

He said the people of Burnley Wood would be left without a community centre if nearby Terrace Fields became no longer financially viable, and added that the community centre had been in Glebe Street for many years and many residents were greatly attached to the building.

He was backed up in his claims by fellow Liberal Democrat councillor Tracy Kennedy, and a small number of people on the balcony clapped and cheered the pair.

But Council Leader Julie Cooper said the council had only been following through on a decision made by the previous Liberal Democrat administration, who came to the original agreement with ho-using giants Keep-moat when MP Gordon Birtwistle was council leader.

Mayor Frank Cant had to call the meeting to order several times after Liberal Democrat councillors became disruptive, and he warned some of the members over their conduct.

Conservative councillor David Heginbotham said the disorder at the meeting was the worst he’d seen in more than 20 years on the council.

He also expressed his frustration that much of the meeting focused on the one issue.

Speaking outside the meeting, Coun Sumner said: “They did it behind closed doors.

“They made a decision not to inform any councillors or any protesters so we couldn’t petition any further.

“They wanted it out of the way, and the decision was made by Julie Cooper. I’m very disappointed.”

But Coun Cooper defended the decision.

After the meeting, she commented: “There wasn’t a need to tell them.

“They knew it was happening imminently.

“We were doing the responsible thing, not letting the building become a danger or an eyesore for residents.

“We were just following through on what we said we were going to do.

“We’d said we intended to demolish the building.

“My conscience is absolutely clear.

“We’ve been transparent and open with everyone.”

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5:04pm Mon 10 Feb 14

DaveBurnley says...

"My conscience is absolutely clear." ( Julie Cooper)


You have a conscience? Where do you keep it?
"My conscience is absolutely clear." ( Julie Cooper) You have a conscience? Where do you keep it? DaveBurnley

5:20pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Interocitor says...

"Council Leader Julie Cooper said the council had only been following through on a decision made by the previous Liberal Democrat administration, who came to the original agreement with ho-using giants Keep-moat when MP Gordon Birtwistle was council leader"


Is this true, Mr Birtwistle? I've yet to see any comments where you deny this isn't the case.

Also, those councillors who turned the Town Hall into a clown dancing competition while playing to the gallery, should hang their heads in shame.
"Council Leader Julie Cooper said the council had only been following through on a decision made by the previous Liberal Democrat administration, who came to the original agreement with ho-using giants Keep-moat when MP Gordon Birtwistle was council leader" Is this true, Mr Birtwistle? I've yet to see any comments where you deny this isn't the case. Also, those councillors who turned the Town Hall into a clown dancing competition while playing to the gallery, should hang their heads in shame. Interocitor

5:49pm Mon 10 Feb 14

rumblesteveskin says...

this was been planned for ages and it's easy to find out from the planning dept. Mike Cooke and Kete Ingam have made plans for housing on this site years ago, if those councillors are saying they didnt know anything they havent been paying attention in class!
this was been planned for ages and it's easy to find out from the planning dept. Mike Cooke and Kete Ingam have made plans for housing on this site years ago, if those councillors are saying they didnt know anything they havent been paying attention in class! rumblesteveskin

1:29am Wed 12 Feb 14

burnleyfc1976 says...

Gordon birtwistle and geoff summer are a wast of space and time can't do nothing for anyone except them self both as bent as keep moats builders lol the sooner people stop giving them time of day we can get people who do care for the area like Karen who runs the other burnley wood community center both golden and Geoff wanted it to be called doll street but she said no it's for all burnley wood so that's what it should be called as it's for all but Geoff wants you all to think he and his best mate Gordon can change things not one thing that's been lost in burnley have they got back a & e all talk playing on people's emotions
Gordon birtwistle and geoff summer are a wast of space and time can't do nothing for anyone except them self both as bent as keep moats builders lol the sooner people stop giving them time of day we can get people who do care for the area like Karen who runs the other burnley wood community center both golden and Geoff wanted it to be called doll street but she said no it's for all burnley wood so that's what it should be called as it's for all but Geoff wants you all to think he and his best mate Gordon can change things not one thing that's been lost in burnley have they got back a & e all talk playing on people's emotions burnleyfc1976

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