Planners due to give permission for Blackburn dementia unit

Coun Maureen Bateson

Coun Maureen Bateson

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

THE transformation of Blackburn’s ‘biggest eyesore’ into a £4.8million dementia care home will take a major step towards reality on Thursday.

Councillors are set to give planning permission for the ground-breaking scheme on the site of the former Blackburn Royal Infirmary’s decaying War Memorial Wing.

The final application dashes hopes the mosaic tile floor and ornate stones arches in the 86-year-old building will be preserved in a special memorial garden.

It will provide 64 beds for the frailest pensioners and outreach services for Alzheimers sufferers.

The scheme, by award-winning charity Community Integrated Care, originally aimed to preserve key elements of the original building erected after the First World War, including its coat of arms, foundation stone, mosaic floor and stone arches.

The officer’s report to Thursday’s Blackburn with Darwen borough planning committee reveals while the coat of arms, foundation stone and title stone will be kept, the mosaic and arches are damaged beyond salvage.

Campaigners fighting for the wing’s history welcomed the original blueprint, providing 100 new permanent jobs, when it was unveiled in February.

Blackburn, Darwen and Rural Civic Voice secretary Simon Hugill said: “I welcome that some heritage artefacts will be preserved but am disappointed the mosaics and arches will not be saved. They should look at this again.”

The committee has been recommended by officials to approve the scheme despite a letter of objection paving the way for work on the new building to start this autumn for opening next summer.

Former Blackburn Cathedral warden Gary Wignall, of Heys Lane, said in the letter: “This building in my opinion could still be transformed into a care home with a little imagination, “It is appalling that the building has been left to be vandalised and left in the sorry state we now find it in.”

Council health boss Mohammed Khan said: “This is exactly the kind of facility we need in this borough. I am delighted to see the progress of this important development.”

Ewood councillor Maureen Bateson said: “Unfortunately, this site has become an eyesore and I believe residents in the area are looking forward to its redevelopment.”

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11:35am Sat 19 Jul 14

phil kernot says...

Maureen Bateson you and your councillors seem to have memory problems with there noses in the trough let it become a eyesore because if you had made the new buyers stick to there terms of there contract and one of them was to keep it in good repair ,,, and liveseys of blackburn who own it should hide your heads in shame ,,, so what a care homes being built ,,will be privately run .. anything to take the eye off your neglect ,,,, noticed there was never. Any mention of a morrisons being built on there that's going up now ,,,, so next time you vote remember your councilors never do what we elect them to do ,,, ukip needs to be voted in and thay can't do any worse of what this council has done ,,,,
Maureen Bateson you and your councillors seem to have memory problems with there noses in the trough let it become a eyesore because if you had made the new buyers stick to there terms of there contract and one of them was to keep it in good repair ,,, and liveseys of blackburn who own it should hide your heads in shame ,,, so what a care homes being built ,,will be privately run .. anything to take the eye off your neglect ,,,, noticed there was never. Any mention of a morrisons being built on there that's going up now ,,,, so next time you vote remember your councilors never do what we elect them to do ,,, ukip needs to be voted in and thay can't do any worse of what this council has done ,,,, phil kernot
  • Score: 16

11:46am Sat 19 Jul 14

A Darener says...

It was always the intention to let it go to wrack and ruin so that it could be redeveloped by complete demolition and rebuild as a far cheaper option.
Just as Blackburn town centres' heritage of the old market hall, Thwaites arcade and the Town clock tower were destroyed without thought for future generations appreciation of the merits of those buildings. The town centre being rebuilt as a concrete monstrosity.
It was always the intention to let it go to wrack and ruin so that it could be redeveloped by complete demolition and rebuild as a far cheaper option. Just as Blackburn town centres' heritage of the old market hall, Thwaites arcade and the Town clock tower were destroyed without thought for future generations appreciation of the merits of those buildings. The town centre being rebuilt as a concrete monstrosity. A Darener
  • Score: 23

12:04pm Sat 19 Jul 14

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) says...

the place is full of pigeon shhit and vicious rats.. a bit kike the new market , but more full on, but hey ... this is Blackburn,
some things never change
the place is full of pigeon shhit and vicious rats.. a bit kike the new market , but more full on, but hey ... this is Blackburn, some things never change :-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)
  • Score: -2

12:23pm Sat 19 Jul 14

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) says...

yes indeed, the place is knee deep in pigeon shhit with a large colony of vicious rats, about a thousand or so, patrolling the wards, it resembles the new Blackburn market and It is advisable not to enter the building at any cost without protective clothing and breathing apparatus,
A pest control officer and his apprentice had visited the building to deal with the vicious rats back in march of this year, however, they have not been seen or heard of since
yes indeed, the place is knee deep in pigeon shhit with a large colony of vicious rats, about a thousand or so, patrolling the wards, it resembles the new Blackburn market and It is advisable not to enter the building at any cost without protective clothing and breathing apparatus, A pest control officer and his apprentice had visited the building to deal with the vicious rats back in march of this year, however, they have not been seen or heard of since :-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)
  • Score: 2

12:29pm Sat 19 Jul 14

!say says...

I am all for preserving heritage however, it should be borne in mind what this facility is.....A Dementia Alzheimers care unit....The people who will use this facilty perhaps do not need to be reminded of its former purpose...associatio
ns with building are strong....we had a heck of a job with my own Grandma whose dementia left her constantly saying she did not want to end up in the 'workhouse' aka Queens Park....she was 94 when she died 10 years ago but obviously the connotations to Queens Park where there good and strong.....Think on people before you become hell bent and saving something that may strike terror in the people it is trying to help!!
I am all for preserving heritage however, it should be borne in mind what this facility is.....A Dementia Alzheimers care unit....The people who will use this facilty perhaps do not need to be reminded of its former purpose...associatio ns with building are strong....we had a heck of a job with my own Grandma whose dementia left her constantly saying she did not want to end up in the 'workhouse' aka Queens Park....she was 94 when she died 10 years ago but obviously the connotations to Queens Park where there good and strong.....Think on people before you become hell bent and saving something that may strike terror in the people it is trying to help!! !say
  • Score: 6

12:36pm Sat 19 Jul 14

A Darener says...

A valid point well written. Perhaps it shouldn't have been suggested as a Dementia unit in the w first place?
A valid point well written. Perhaps it shouldn't have been suggested as a Dementia unit in the w first place? A Darener
  • Score: 5

12:39pm Sat 19 Jul 14

abetterblackburn says...

Blackburn with Darwen Council will soon be remembering the lives that were lost one hundred years ago during the first world war.

“Councillors are set to give planning permission for the ground-breaking scheme on the site of the former Blackburn Royal Infirmary’s decaying War Memorial Wing”

The fact that the decaying War Memorial Wing reached such a state of decay is simply due to the council not thinking it worthwhile to stop it falling into such decay. But of course now that the council are remembering those lives lost they are trying to hide the truth. The War Memorial Wing was built from moneys given by the mill owners and workforce in the area. The reason for the slow decline is about to be covered up by the new build on that same site of what seems to be a private venture under cover of it being for a good cause.

“The officer’s report to Thursday’s Blackburn with Darwen borough planning committee reveals while the coat of arms, foundation stone and title stone will be kept, the mosaic and arches are damaged beyond salvage.”

We should all remember the sacrifices of all those who lost their lives during the first world war and beyond. Also remember who is responsible for the original War Memorial to fall into such decay. That the very same council who allowed the War Memorial to fall into such decay comes under the arm of Jack Straw. Blackburn’s thirty odd years ‘Safe Seat Politician’ who helped to make a war on a lie with Tony Blair where thousands of innocent people died.

The state of the present Blackburn War Memorial Wing mirrors what Blackburn with Darwen Council under the leadership of Jack Straw has become today!
Blackburn with Darwen Council will soon be remembering the lives that were lost one hundred years ago during the first world war. “Councillors are set to give planning permission for the ground-breaking scheme on the site of the former Blackburn Royal Infirmary’s decaying War Memorial Wing” The fact that the decaying War Memorial Wing reached such a state of decay is simply due to the council not thinking it worthwhile to stop it falling into such decay. But of course now that the council are remembering those lives lost they are trying to hide the truth. The War Memorial Wing was built from moneys given by the mill owners and workforce in the area. The reason for the slow decline is about to be covered up by the new build on that same site of what seems to be a private venture under cover of it being for a good cause. “The officer’s report to Thursday’s Blackburn with Darwen borough planning committee reveals while the coat of arms, foundation stone and title stone will be kept, the mosaic and arches are damaged beyond salvage.” We should all remember the sacrifices of all those who lost their lives during the first world war and beyond. Also remember who is responsible for the original War Memorial to fall into such decay. That the very same council who allowed the War Memorial to fall into such decay comes under the arm of Jack Straw. Blackburn’s thirty odd years ‘Safe Seat Politician’ who helped to make a war on a lie with Tony Blair where thousands of innocent people died. The state of the present Blackburn War Memorial Wing mirrors what Blackburn with Darwen Council under the leadership of Jack Straw has become today! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 19

2:03pm Sat 19 Jul 14

wacked1212@gmail.com says...

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) wrote:
yes indeed, the place is knee deep in pigeon shhit with a large colony of vicious rats, about a thousand or so, patrolling the wards, it resembles the new Blackburn market and It is advisable not to enter the building at any cost without protective clothing and breathing apparatus,
A pest control officer and his apprentice had visited the building to deal with the vicious rats back in march of this year, however, they have not been seen or heard of since
Warning, warning........Fruit
bat alert.......Warning, warning
[quote][p][bold]:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)[/bold] wrote: yes indeed, the place is knee deep in pigeon shhit with a large colony of vicious rats, about a thousand or so, patrolling the wards, it resembles the new Blackburn market and It is advisable not to enter the building at any cost without protective clothing and breathing apparatus, A pest control officer and his apprentice had visited the building to deal with the vicious rats back in march of this year, however, they have not been seen or heard of since[/p][/quote]Warning, warning........Fruit bat alert.......Warning, warning wacked1212@gmail.com
  • Score: 0

2:05pm Sat 19 Jul 14

wacked1212@gmail.com says...

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) wrote:
yes indeed, the place is knee deep in pigeon shhit with a large colony of vicious rats, about a thousand or so, patrolling the wards, it resembles the new Blackburn market and It is advisable not to enter the building at any cost without protective clothing and breathing apparatus,
A pest control officer and his apprentice had visited the building to deal with the vicious rats back in march of this year, however, they have not been seen or heard of since
Warning, warning........Fruit
bat alert.......Warning, warning
[quote][p][bold]:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)[/bold] wrote: yes indeed, the place is knee deep in pigeon shhit with a large colony of vicious rats, about a thousand or so, patrolling the wards, it resembles the new Blackburn market and It is advisable not to enter the building at any cost without protective clothing and breathing apparatus, A pest control officer and his apprentice had visited the building to deal with the vicious rats back in march of this year, however, they have not been seen or heard of since[/p][/quote]Warning, warning........Fruit bat alert.......Warning, warning wacked1212@gmail.com
  • Score: 2

3:24pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Shadred says...

Well said abetterblackburn The decline of the town continues
Well said abetterblackburn The decline of the town continues Shadred
  • Score: 6

7:28am Sun 20 Jul 14

woolywords says...

How many realise that a portion of this building is being preserved in BRH?
...
8 panels, that once were windows in the octagonal core of the building, are now in the corridor of the entrance to wards at the Royal.
...
I did wonder about this building, whilst waiting for the bus, on more than one occasion. Whilst much of it is derelict now, there are a few treasures worth saving. Like that balustrade, that tops the tower.
It would make a nice railing around the base of a tree, in a garden.
It won't stand an Oak, as after 500 years, the trees girth would break it. So I thought, a Willow.
When I was a little boy, we called them, Weeping Willows, and they were a familiar sight in many a graveyard or cemetery. Perhaps it's due a revival, as a memorial...
How many realise that a portion of this building is being preserved in BRH? ... 8 panels, that once were windows in the octagonal core of the building, are now in the corridor of the entrance to wards at the Royal. ... I did wonder about this building, whilst waiting for the bus, on more than one occasion. Whilst much of it is derelict now, there are a few treasures worth saving. Like that balustrade, that tops the tower. It would make a nice railing around the base of a tree, in a garden. It won't stand an Oak, as after 500 years, the trees girth would break it. So I thought, a Willow. When I was a little boy, we called them, Weeping Willows, and they were a familiar sight in many a graveyard or cemetery. Perhaps it's due a revival, as a memorial... woolywords
  • Score: 2

8:27am Sun 20 Jul 14

woolywords says...

Of course, the more erudite, may have joined the dots..
The leaves and bark of the Willow, are a well known source of a medicine; so such a tree, in the gardens of such place, seems quite apropos, don't you think?
An ancient medicinal tree, in the grounds of an hospital, where people have problems with memory...
...
Am I giving you an headache?
Try an aspirin, it's origins lay in Salicylic acid, from the forgotten Salix tree; the Willow...
Some people think that I just throw these words together!
Of course, the more erudite, may have joined the dots.. The leaves and bark of the Willow, are a well known source of a medicine; so such a tree, in the gardens of such place, seems quite apropos, don't you think? An ancient medicinal tree, in the grounds of an hospital, where people have problems with memory... ... Am I giving you an headache? Try an aspirin, it's origins lay in Salicylic acid, from the forgotten Salix tree; the Willow... Some people think that I just throw these words together! woolywords
  • Score: 5

4:58pm Sun 20 Jul 14

woolywords says...

but there again, you are just muppets of islam, what would you know?
You read a book, over and over again, not understanding a word of it.
Noddiing your heads like ducks...
...
He's not islam, let's vote him down!
Like sheep, without a care, of the what us said.
...
If I wrote that the prophet,
married a 6 year old girl, then consummated it, when she was 9,
would you have a bettetr opinion of me?
Or is that a truth, that you don't want known?
but there again, you are just muppets of islam, what would you know? You read a book, over and over again, not understanding a word of it. Noddiing your heads like ducks... ... He's not islam, let's vote him down! Like sheep, without a care, of the what us said. ... If I wrote that the prophet, married a 6 year old girl, then consummated it, when she was 9, would you have a bettetr opinion of me? Or is that a truth, that you don't want known? woolywords
  • Score: 3

5:17pm Sun 20 Jul 14

woolywords says...

And don't bother with all the refutations, as I've read the Hadith..
She was 6, when they married.
Then 9, when he did the deed.
All these modern refutations are to explain how, he was not, a child molestor.
He's how old?
She is how old?
Which part of, an old man having sex with a child, am I not getting?
Oh wait, he's a prophet...
Yeah, right!
...
Isn't he already married, to his brother wife, that he sent off to a certain death, because she looks, lovely?
Or am I not reading the books, in the right order?
...
Aren't muslims forbidden wine, even though he quaffed it?
Or are you just allowed wine, by those boys of perpetual freshness, that never bleed?
...
I suppose that, in the queue for the 72 virgins, the boys will have to have a do at something, in the wait..
So rampant, it'll be keyholes, knotholes and careful, your bumhole..
Alluha ha!
And don't bother with all the refutations, as I've read the Hadith.. She was 6, when they married. Then 9, when he did the deed. All these modern refutations are to explain how, he was not, a child molestor. He's how old? She is how old? Which part of, an old man having sex with a child, am I not getting? Oh wait, he's a prophet... Yeah, right! ... Isn't he already married, to his brother wife, that he sent off to a certain death, because she looks, lovely? Or am I not reading the books, in the right order? ... Aren't muslims forbidden wine, even though he quaffed it? Or are you just allowed wine, by those boys of perpetual freshness, that never bleed? ... I suppose that, in the queue for the 72 virgins, the boys will have to have a do at something, in the wait.. So rampant, it'll be keyholes, knotholes and careful, your bumhole.. Alluha ha! woolywords
  • Score: 5

5:21pm Sun 20 Jul 14

woolywords says...

the vote have gone from, +12
to this...
and they call themselves, peaceful islam
...
I know you, for what you are..
the vote have gone from, +12 to this... and they call themselves, peaceful islam ... I know you, for what you are.. woolywords
  • Score: 1

5:26pm Sun 20 Jul 14

woolywords says...

am not a Christian, so it takes no wave an hand to curse you,
since you married your cousin...
am not a Christian, so it takes no wave an hand to curse you, since you married your cousin... woolywords
  • Score: 3

5:29pm Sun 20 Jul 14

woolywords says...

..and when your relatives die, before the Christians in this place...
Know that, I had an hand in it.
..and when your relatives die, before the Christians in this place... Know that, I had an hand in it. woolywords
  • Score: 0

10:04pm Sun 20 Jul 14

english rose 1 says...

As per usual the folk above criticising the Council don't have a clue ... the Council don't own the site. It was owned by the NHS who then sold it on to a developer .........
As per usual the folk above criticising the Council don't have a clue ... the Council don't own the site. It was owned by the NHS who then sold it on to a developer ......... english rose 1
  • Score: 0

10:23pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Darwen Malc says...

english rose 1 wrote:
As per usual the folk above criticising the Council don't have a clue ... the Council don't own the site. It was owned by the NHS who then sold it on to a developer .........
So the council have no say in any matters relating to the disposal/re-use or redevelopment of any of the properties that lie within its boundaries? Really? So why do the council need to approve the plans put forward? Why cant' the developers just go and build what they want? Why then do the council get involved in other properties that fall into disrepair?
[quote][p][bold]english rose 1[/bold] wrote: As per usual the folk above criticising the Council don't have a clue ... the Council don't own the site. It was owned by the NHS who then sold it on to a developer .........[/p][/quote]So the council have no say in any matters relating to the disposal/re-use or redevelopment of any of the properties that lie within its boundaries? Really? So why do the council need to approve the plans put forward? Why cant' the developers just go and build what they want? Why then do the council get involved in other properties that fall into disrepair? Darwen Malc
  • Score: 4

12:06am Mon 21 Jul 14

english rose 1 says...

Correct Malc. The Council cannot tell owners of buildings how to look after them. If you wish to let your property go to wrack and ruin that is your prerogative.
The Council doesn't get involved in properties that fall into disrepair. There are enough derelict factories, houses etc around for you to know that's the case...
Correct Malc. The Council cannot tell owners of buildings how to look after them. If you wish to let your property go to wrack and ruin that is your prerogative. The Council doesn't get involved in properties that fall into disrepair. There are enough derelict factories, houses etc around for you to know that's the case... english rose 1
  • Score: 0

12:09am Mon 21 Jul 14

english rose 1 says...

justt to add to the above .. the council can only act if a building bercomes unsafe to life and limb .... and even then can only serve notice on the owner to make the building safe.
justt to add to the above .. the council can only act if a building bercomes unsafe to life and limb .... and even then can only serve notice on the owner to make the building safe. english rose 1
  • Score: -1

7:55am Mon 21 Jul 14

A Darener says...

The council can put restrictions on what can happen in a planning application. But in reality it would take an organisation like English heritage to seek to protect a building. E.g the police house on the route of the ring road. But even that didn't work in that case.
The council can put restrictions on what can happen in a planning application. But in reality it would take an organisation like English heritage to seek to protect a building. E.g the police house on the route of the ring road. But even that didn't work in that case. A Darener
  • Score: 1

3:08pm Mon 21 Jul 14

pm1960 says...

A Darener wrote:
The council can put restrictions on what can happen in a planning application. But in reality it would take an organisation like English heritage to seek to protect a building. E.g the police house on the route of the ring road. But even that didn't work in that case.
The police house wasn't a listed building.
You are right, though, if English Heritage had thought the hospital building was worth listing they would have recommended it years ago. However, they didn't think it was worth listing.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: The council can put restrictions on what can happen in a planning application. But in reality it would take an organisation like English heritage to seek to protect a building. E.g the police house on the route of the ring road. But even that didn't work in that case.[/p][/quote]The police house wasn't a listed building. You are right, though, if English Heritage had thought the hospital building was worth listing they would have recommended it years ago. However, they didn't think it was worth listing. pm1960
  • Score: 0

6:10am Tue 22 Jul 14

abetterblackburn says...

“As per usual the folk above criticising the Council don't have a clue ... the Council don't own the site. It was owned by the NHS who then sold it on to a developer”

How pompous!

I hope English rose 1 is not a councillor but judging by the tedious factual details often spouted I would not at all be surprised if a New Labour councillor associated with Blackburn with Darwen that person may be?

As usual, not a clue to what people deserve from their council representatives. Really does put every ‘New Labour’ councillor to shame!
“As per usual the folk above criticising the Council don't have a clue ... the Council don't own the site. It was owned by the NHS who then sold it on to a developer” How pompous! I hope English rose 1 is not a councillor but judging by the tedious factual details often spouted I would not at all be surprised if a New Labour councillor associated with Blackburn with Darwen that person may be? As usual, not a clue to what people deserve from their council representatives. Really does put every ‘New Labour’ councillor to shame! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 3

7:54am Tue 22 Jul 14

A Darener says...

By voting in labour councillors those voters get what they deserve.
By voting in labour councillors those voters get what they deserve. A Darener
  • Score: 5

3:48pm Tue 29 Jul 14

mick duckworth says...

Well there is a huge Protest being organised because the people of blackburn don't want it gone and the people of Blackburn paid for it so why can't it just be converted why does it have to be demolished
Well there is a huge Protest being organised because the people of blackburn don't want it gone and the people of Blackburn paid for it so why can't it just be converted why does it have to be demolished mick duckworth
  • Score: 0

1:55pm Fri 1 Aug 14

mick duckworth says...

That Maureen Bateson is useless there was once I drunken woman in the ivy street community centre and That Maureen had to remove her now that pictular night my children was in the centre and I asked Maureen Bateson to put into writing for me because I wanted to do something about this woman be extremely drunk while caring for children at a child's event. The response I got from Maureen Bateson was that she could not do that because it would ruin the reputation of the centre. Lol I was gob smacked. I then went on to say so your more bothered about the reputation of the centre than a child's safety. Her answer to that was I work for the centre so I have to protect it. I just slammed the phone down and reported her. Not that any body ever got back in touch with me about it
That Maureen Bateson is useless there was once I drunken woman in the ivy street community centre and That Maureen had to remove her now that pictular night my children was in the centre and I asked Maureen Bateson to put into writing for me because I wanted to do something about this woman be extremely drunk while caring for children at a child's event. The response I got from Maureen Bateson was that she could not do that because it would ruin the reputation of the centre. Lol I was gob smacked. I then went on to say so your more bothered about the reputation of the centre than a child's safety. Her answer to that was I work for the centre so I have to protect it. I just slammed the phone down and reported her. Not that any body ever got back in touch with me about it mick duckworth
  • Score: 0

9:01am Mon 4 Aug 14

bluebella says...

quote; The final application dashes hopes the mosaic tile floor and ornate stones arches in the 86-year-old building will be preserved in a special memorial garden. unquote

I have the right to have my say on this because BRI was my home on countless occasions, even my life was saved there. I also spent three months in the flats recuperating.

So, in 1864 BRI was born with 32 beds then the nurses home was built on the grounds. The foundation stone for the new Infirmary was laid on Whit-Monday, 1858, where has that ended up?

What has happened to the beautiful balastrades inside the hospital?

Why can't the mosaic tiles be used around the care home, is it councils (in particular Maureen Batesons) intention that the patients once in the care home never sees light of day. Most care homes have a garden of rememberance what better way to prserve as most of us have memories of BRI. The mosaic tiles as already said is not and never has been council property.

Have you councillors forgotton who helped to buy the hospital originally?

Its bad enough that the Memorial wing was left to vandles and now earmarked like Ewood for demolition.

What happened to the beautiful platform/balastrades
?

The arches outside. Between Maureen Bateson and the council in general Blackburn is slowly becoming a ghost town.

While on the subject of ruination tell the people of Ewood in particular Wolseley/Kirby road areas whats going to happen to their properties...just grow a pair and make a decision...its a disgrace.
quote; The final application dashes hopes the mosaic tile floor and ornate stones arches in the 86-year-old building will be preserved in a special memorial garden. unquote I have the right to have my say on this because BRI was my home on countless occasions, even my life was saved there. I also spent three months in the flats recuperating. So, in 1864 BRI was born with 32 beds then the nurses home was built on the grounds. The foundation stone for the new Infirmary was laid on Whit-Monday, 1858, where has that ended up? What has happened to the beautiful balastrades inside the hospital? Why can't the mosaic tiles be used around the care home, is it councils (in particular Maureen Batesons) intention that the patients once in the care home never sees light of day. Most care homes have a garden of rememberance what better way to prserve as most of us have memories of BRI. The mosaic tiles as already said is not and never has been council property. Have you councillors forgotton who helped to buy the hospital originally? Its bad enough that the Memorial wing was left to vandles and now earmarked like Ewood for demolition. What happened to the beautiful platform/balastrades ? The arches outside. Between Maureen Bateson and the council in general Blackburn is slowly becoming a ghost town. While on the subject of ruination tell the people of Ewood in particular Wolseley/Kirby road areas whats going to happen to their properties...just grow a pair and make a decision...its a disgrace. bluebella
  • Score: 0

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