Hopes to create Darwen heritage centre in former bank could be dashed

First published in News

HOPES to transform a former bank into a Darwen Heritage Centre could have been scuppered after the building was sold.

Darwen Town Council has been looking to buy the former HSBC bank in The Circus, which had been listed for sale at £150,000 since November.

But Coun Brian Taylor, who has been leading the project, may have been thwarted after estate agents Lea, Hough and Co sold the building to another buyer, subject to contract.

A pubilc meeting set to take place on Thursday will go ahead whatever happens so councillors can gauge opinion on the idea of a heritage centre.

Coun Taylor said: “We have prepared a handout which we will ge giving to people on the night.

“Even if the sale does go through the consultation will be held to gauge public opinion.

“Then we can look for an alternative venue.”

The council had written to local government minister Eric Pickles asking for permission to borrow the cash needed to buy the building.

In its response, the department told councillors there were a few steps that needed to be carried out first, one of which was to hold the public consultation.

Coun Taylor said prior to choosing the old HSBC bank, he had looked at a number of venues, including the former George pub.

He said: “Some people have suggested we take over the old Access Point, but we want a heritage building.”

Coun Taylor added that if the public reaction at the consultation, at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy from 6.30pm on Thursday, was negative the plans would be scrapped.

He said: “If the consultation proves people do not want it then it doesn’t matter if the old HSBC sells.”

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8:23pm Sat 8 Feb 14

HelpingDarwen says...

Thank goodness. Stick the heritage centre in the library, and spend the money on something useful instead.
Council taking out a mortgage to buy a knackered old bank building to spend a fortune turning it into a heritage centre. They are off with the fairies this lot!
Thank goodness. Stick the heritage centre in the library, and spend the money on something useful instead. Council taking out a mortgage to buy a knackered old bank building to spend a fortune turning it into a heritage centre. They are off with the fairies this lot! HelpingDarwen
  • Score: 9

9:30pm Sat 8 Feb 14

happycyclist says...

Heritage Centre -the sort of place you can go and look at old photos of Darwen Gala which folded because the council wouldn't support the costs of it.
The irony.

(ps. the Gala hasn't folded and will be on again this year, but it's struggling a little financially, and could with some help)
Heritage Centre -the sort of place you can go and look at old photos of Darwen Gala which folded because the council wouldn't support the costs of it. The irony. (ps. the Gala hasn't folded and will be on again this year, but it's struggling a little financially, and could with some help) happycyclist
  • Score: 4

9:41pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Ian K says...

I would guess that Ms Hollern has nothing to say about this, unlike the story the other day (link follows, and my comment from that story)
http://www.lancashir
etelegraph.co.uk/new
s/darwen/10993405.Mi
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told_Darwen_council_
chiefs_it_was_in_Sou
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OOps.. the comment...
Could anyone, public or from the L,T explain to me why a story about DARWEN Town Council regarding a project about DARWEN Heritage Centre should include a comment from the "leader of BwD council", or even why her smiling visage is used as the introduction to the article?
I would guess that Ms Hollern has nothing to say about this, unlike the story the other day (link follows, and my comment from that story) http://www.lancashir etelegraph.co.uk/new s/darwen/10993405.Mi nistry___s_official_ told_Darwen_council_ chiefs_it_was_in_Sou th/ OOps.. the comment... Could anyone, public or from the L,T explain to me why a story about DARWEN Town Council regarding a project about DARWEN Heritage Centre should include a comment from the "leader of BwD council", or even why her smiling visage is used as the introduction to the article? Ian K
  • Score: 3

7:55am Sun 9 Feb 14

watching you says...

Now the estate agents are selling from under the feet of a heritage group! ££££££££ just goes to show that their reputation is truly deserved, this isn't the first incident i have heard like this in the past few weeks, i bet they wouldn't of done it if it was a cancer charity but then again... any press is good press right??
Now the estate agents are selling from under the feet of a heritage group! ££££££££ just goes to show that their reputation is truly deserved, this isn't the first incident i have heard like this in the past few weeks, i bet they wouldn't of done it if it was a cancer charity but then again... any press is good press right?? watching you
  • Score: -2

8:22am Sun 9 Feb 14

Sue Lee says...

Ask those droves of folk stood smoking every day on Bolton Road to pack up and you'd raise the necessary in no time. Near that big old machine thing.
Ask those droves of folk stood smoking every day on Bolton Road to pack up and you'd raise the necessary in no time. Near that big old machine thing. Sue Lee
  • Score: -3

9:49am Sun 9 Feb 14

shirtbox2003 says...

Clown Hall dreamers again. as stated,use the library or the useless Aldridge academy entrance hall.
Clown Hall dreamers again. as stated,use the library or the useless Aldridge academy entrance hall. shirtbox2003
  • Score: 0

10:30am Sun 9 Feb 14

HelpingDarwen says...

watching you wrote:
Now the estate agents are selling from under the feet of a heritage group! ££££££££ just goes to show that their reputation is truly deserved, this isn't the first incident i have heard like this in the past few weeks, i bet they wouldn't of done it if it was a cancer charity but then again... any press is good press right??
Estate agent has a legal obligation to pass all offers to the vendor, who in this case is a bank, who then decides which offer to accept. The "offer" from the council would be lacking in both speed and certainty.
[quote][p][bold]watching you[/bold] wrote: Now the estate agents are selling from under the feet of a heritage group! ££££££££ just goes to show that their reputation is truly deserved, this isn't the first incident i have heard like this in the past few weeks, i bet they wouldn't of done it if it was a cancer charity but then again... any press is good press right??[/p][/quote]Estate agent has a legal obligation to pass all offers to the vendor, who in this case is a bank, who then decides which offer to accept. The "offer" from the council would be lacking in both speed and certainty. HelpingDarwen
  • Score: 5

11:57am Sun 9 Feb 14

Dai Darwen says...

HelpingDarwen wrote:
Thank goodness. Stick the heritage centre in the library, and spend the money on something useful instead.
Council taking out a mortgage to buy a knackered old bank building to spend a fortune turning it into a heritage centre. They are off with the fairies this lot!
Totally agree, *** Darwen Library ***
This would breathe new life into the Library. The Library in it's own right is a wonderful Heritage building and should be looked after. Never mind taking out a financial burden plus all the other taxes, utlities and insurances that would be charged to keep HSBC as a Heritage Centre. No mention anywhere of the running costs just the price to buy the building.
As the current trend words are "clarity and transparency. Come on Darwen Council open up with the true costs.
No doubt somebody will come back with Grants for this and Grants for that but if the Council cannot organise a mortgage then there is little hope of obtaining Grants.

Well come on Darwen Council prove me wrong or better still organise a Heritage Centre at the Darwen Library. Hopefully this century or I will miss it.
[quote][p][bold]HelpingDarwen[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness. Stick the heritage centre in the library, and spend the money on something useful instead. Council taking out a mortgage to buy a knackered old bank building to spend a fortune turning it into a heritage centre. They are off with the fairies this lot![/p][/quote]Totally agree, *** Darwen Library *** This would breathe new life into the Library. The Library in it's own right is a wonderful Heritage building and should be looked after. Never mind taking out a financial burden plus all the other taxes, utlities and insurances that would be charged to keep HSBC as a Heritage Centre. No mention anywhere of the running costs just the price to buy the building. As the current trend words are "clarity and transparency. Come on Darwen Council open up with the true costs. No doubt somebody will come back with Grants for this and Grants for that but if the Council cannot organise a mortgage then there is little hope of obtaining Grants. Well come on Darwen Council prove me wrong or better still organise a Heritage Centre at the Darwen Library. Hopefully this century or I will miss it. Dai Darwen
  • Score: 4

2:09pm Sun 9 Feb 14

louderfasterlonger says...

happycyclist wrote:
Heritage Centre -the sort of place you can go and look at old photos of Darwen Gala which folded because the council wouldn't support the costs of it.
The irony.

(ps. the Gala hasn't folded and will be on again this year, but it's struggling a little financially, and could with some help)
The gala committee work tirelessly every year and are helped by some great sponsors. Not least Darwen Town Council and Capits.
But then again, you spouting the committee's business and being a concerned citizen, I expect you give up your time for free to help out, or perhaps your just a keyboard warrior who fights the good cause from his armchair. As I don't know who you are I'll expect its the latter as I haven't met anyone as negative as you on the committee.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Heritage Centre -the sort of place you can go and look at old photos of Darwen Gala which folded because the council wouldn't support the costs of it. The irony. (ps. the Gala hasn't folded and will be on again this year, but it's struggling a little financially, and could with some help)[/p][/quote]The gala committee work tirelessly every year and are helped by some great sponsors. Not least Darwen Town Council and Capits. But then again, you spouting the committee's business and being a concerned citizen, I expect you give up your time for free to help out, or perhaps your just a keyboard warrior who fights the good cause from his armchair. As I don't know who you are I'll expect its the latter as I haven't met anyone as negative as you on the committee. louderfasterlonger
  • Score: -4

2:18pm Sun 9 Feb 14

louderfasterlonger says...

Dai Darwen wrote:
HelpingDarwen wrote:
Thank goodness. Stick the heritage centre in the library, and spend the money on something useful instead.
Council taking out a mortgage to buy a knackered old bank building to spend a fortune turning it into a heritage centre. They are off with the fairies this lot!
Totally agree, *** Darwen Library ***
This would breathe new life into the Library. The Library in it's own right is a wonderful Heritage building and should be looked after. Never mind taking out a financial burden plus all the other taxes, utlities and insurances that would be charged to keep HSBC as a Heritage Centre. No mention anywhere of the running costs just the price to buy the building.
As the current trend words are "clarity and transparency. Come on Darwen Council open up with the true costs.
No doubt somebody will come back with Grants for this and Grants for that but if the Council cannot organise a mortgage then there is little hope of obtaining Grants.

Well come on Darwen Council prove me wrong or better still organise a Heritage Centre at the Darwen Library. Hopefully this century or I will miss it.
Darwen Library is exactly that - A library. They have not got the space to accomodate our rich heritage, nor can they attract up to £150k Lottery Herritage funding as the rules for bidding will not allow it. Furthermore, BwDBC who run the Library have not been approached by anyone seeking permission.
Feel free to come and air your views next Thursday, you certainly have much to offer with regards negative opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Darwen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HelpingDarwen[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness. Stick the heritage centre in the library, and spend the money on something useful instead. Council taking out a mortgage to buy a knackered old bank building to spend a fortune turning it into a heritage centre. They are off with the fairies this lot![/p][/quote]Totally agree, *** Darwen Library *** This would breathe new life into the Library. The Library in it's own right is a wonderful Heritage building and should be looked after. Never mind taking out a financial burden plus all the other taxes, utlities and insurances that would be charged to keep HSBC as a Heritage Centre. No mention anywhere of the running costs just the price to buy the building. As the current trend words are "clarity and transparency. Come on Darwen Council open up with the true costs. No doubt somebody will come back with Grants for this and Grants for that but if the Council cannot organise a mortgage then there is little hope of obtaining Grants. Well come on Darwen Council prove me wrong or better still organise a Heritage Centre at the Darwen Library. Hopefully this century or I will miss it.[/p][/quote]Darwen Library is exactly that - A library. They have not got the space to accomodate our rich heritage, nor can they attract up to £150k Lottery Herritage funding as the rules for bidding will not allow it. Furthermore, BwDBC who run the Library have not been approached by anyone seeking permission. Feel free to come and air your views next Thursday, you certainly have much to offer with regards negative opinion. louderfasterlonger
  • Score: -3

6:42pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Ian the Beancounter says...

louderfasterlonger wrote:
happycyclist wrote:
Heritage Centre -the sort of place you can go and look at old photos of Darwen Gala which folded because the council wouldn't support the costs of it.
The irony.

(ps. the Gala hasn't folded and will be on again this year, but it's struggling a little financially, and could with some help)
The gala committee work tirelessly every year and are helped by some great sponsors. Not least Darwen Town Council and Capits.
But then again, you spouting the committee's business and being a concerned citizen, I expect you give up your time for free to help out, or perhaps your just a keyboard warrior who fights the good cause from his armchair. As I don't know who you are I'll expect its the latter as I haven't met anyone as negative as you on the committee.
Your last paragraph is uncalled for. I've known Happy for some years and have always been impressed by his sense of civic price and his voluntary work. He may call it as he sees it, but you'll never come across a more genuine person.
[quote][p][bold]louderfasterlonger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Heritage Centre -the sort of place you can go and look at old photos of Darwen Gala which folded because the council wouldn't support the costs of it. The irony. (ps. the Gala hasn't folded and will be on again this year, but it's struggling a little financially, and could with some help)[/p][/quote]The gala committee work tirelessly every year and are helped by some great sponsors. Not least Darwen Town Council and Capits. But then again, you spouting the committee's business and being a concerned citizen, I expect you give up your time for free to help out, or perhaps your just a keyboard warrior who fights the good cause from his armchair. As I don't know who you are I'll expect its the latter as I haven't met anyone as negative as you on the committee.[/p][/quote]Your last paragraph is uncalled for. I've known Happy for some years and have always been impressed by his sense of civic price and his voluntary work. He may call it as he sees it, but you'll never come across a more genuine person. Ian the Beancounter
  • Score: 2

8:24pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Ian K says...

Beancounter'

Seconded!!
Beancounter' Seconded!! Ian K
  • Score: 4

9:07pm Sun 9 Feb 14

happycyclist says...

Look forward to meeting you Longerfastergobshite at the next committee meeting.

Whatever Capita and Darwen Town Council support the Gala with, it isn't enough if they've got £150,000 to throw at a 'Heritage Centre' when the Gala is struggling financially.
Look forward to meeting you Longerfastergobshite at the next committee meeting. Whatever Capita and Darwen Town Council support the Gala with, it isn't enough if they've got £150,000 to throw at a 'Heritage Centre' when the Gala is struggling financially. happycyclist
  • Score: 3

12:59am Mon 10 Feb 14

Malthus says...

Sue Lee wrote:
Ask those droves of folk stood smoking every day on Bolton Road to pack up and you'd raise the necessary in no time. Near that big old machine thing.
What a stupid comment. I say this is it has nothing to do with the article. It is like saying, why not accost all the people who own cars under five years old who drive up Bolton Rd everyday and get them to walk instead. With the money they save they could pay for this obvious white elephant.

By the way does anyone else feel that by still going ahead with the meeting, vested interests will deem it a success no matter how few people turn up. In fact the only people who will turn up are the supporters. Who in their right minds are going to venture out in this weather? Sadly in today's economic climate we do not have room to purchase this building, bearing in mind we have, The Library, The Theatre and the lovely cottage in the woods.
[quote][p][bold]Sue Lee[/bold] wrote: Ask those droves of folk stood smoking every day on Bolton Road to pack up and you'd raise the necessary in no time. Near that big old machine thing.[/p][/quote]What a stupid comment. I say this is it has nothing to do with the article. It is like saying, why not accost all the people who own cars under five years old who drive up Bolton Rd everyday and get them to walk instead. With the money they save they could pay for this obvious white elephant. By the way does anyone else feel that by still going ahead with the meeting, vested interests will deem it a success no matter how few people turn up. In fact the only people who will turn up are the supporters. Who in their right minds are going to venture out in this weather? Sadly in today's economic climate we do not have room to purchase this building, bearing in mind we have, The Library, The Theatre and the lovely cottage in the woods. Malthus
  • Score: 3

9:44am Mon 10 Feb 14

M__B__ says...

This money could be better spent by approaching the concept of a heritage centre in an alternative way.

Instead of investing £150,000 in bricks and mortar the council should instead look towards a combination of technology and curated exhibitions to bring the past to life.

1. Commission the design of a 'proper' website with the focus on rich content and the encouragement of users sharing content. This could feature an interactive map utilising Google Maps but feature pins to link to 'historical views', for example you are in street view and see the Baths, click a link and you see archival photos and information, this then links to more informative stories and curated content. People can explore the towns heritage who are house bound or who have left the town.

2. Develop an app that utilises 'Augmented Reality'. Mount reference markers around town that flag monuments of interest, hold camera of iPhone up to these plaques and it reveals what used to be in this location or provides more insight and information into what you are viewing, the content could be photo and/or video, example you are stood outside India Mill and shoot one of those old textile machines, iPhone plays a video of the machines in use or archival images of them in situ and provides information on why they were used and what for etc. If this app is done to a good standard the development could be 'white labelled' and sold on under license to other council's or schemes looking at doing something similar, this would generate profit to put back into the project or go towards other community projects, unlike a mortgage which ties any profit up.

3. Donated material of interest should not just all be lumped into a heritage centre, it should be stored securely and then curated under specific themes and then exhibited at a pre-existing civic venue. For example the first season exhibition is all about 60's Darwen, details Beatles visit, etc or this season’s exhibition is about Vox Pop, exhibit photos and video interviews of people that were featured and see what their views are now 30 years on... or an exhibition of media stuff; TV shows that have taken place in town, etc. Exhibitions can celebrate notable people too Margaret Chapman, or things from the town, Woodchip, the Adidas trainer, Spitfire Cockpits… whatever.

Rich content that is needed for this approach could be generated by students at DACA under direction from whoever is leading this project. This approach also makes a heritage project more encounter-able for visitors from out of town and encourages seeking out other 'markers' to snap and hopefully keeps things more interesting encouraging research into other topics, not just WW2 and Cotton Mills.

You can have this idea for free Darwen, I’ll cash it in when I am mayor.
This money could be better spent by approaching the concept of a heritage centre in an alternative way. Instead of investing £150,000 in bricks and mortar the council should instead look towards a combination of technology and curated exhibitions to bring the past to life. 1. Commission the design of a 'proper' website with the focus on rich content and the encouragement of users sharing content. This could feature an interactive map utilising Google Maps but feature pins to link to 'historical views', for example you are in street view and see the Baths, click a link and you see archival photos and information, this then links to more informative stories and curated content. People can explore the towns heritage who are house bound or who have left the town. 2. Develop an app that utilises 'Augmented Reality'. Mount reference markers around town that flag monuments of interest, hold camera of iPhone up to these plaques and it reveals what used to be in this location or provides more insight and information into what you are viewing, the content could be photo and/or video, example you are stood outside India Mill and shoot one of those old textile machines, iPhone plays a video of the machines in use or archival images of them in situ and provides information on why they were used and what for etc. If this app is done to a good standard the development could be 'white labelled' and sold on under license to other council's or schemes looking at doing something similar, this would generate profit to put back into the project or go towards other community projects, unlike a mortgage which ties any profit up. 3. Donated material of interest should not just all be lumped into a heritage centre, it should be stored securely and then curated under specific themes and then exhibited at a pre-existing civic venue. For example the first season exhibition is all about 60's Darwen, details Beatles visit, etc or this season’s exhibition is about Vox Pop, exhibit photos and video interviews of people that were featured and see what their views are now 30 years on... or an exhibition of media stuff; TV shows that have taken place in town, etc. Exhibitions can celebrate notable people too Margaret Chapman, or things from the town, Woodchip, the Adidas trainer, Spitfire Cockpits… whatever. Rich content that is needed for this approach could be generated by students at DACA under direction from whoever is leading this project. This approach also makes a heritage project more encounter-able for visitors from out of town and encourages seeking out other 'markers' to snap and hopefully keeps things more interesting encouraging research into other topics, not just WW2 and Cotton Mills. You can have this idea for free Darwen, I’ll cash it in when I am mayor. M__B__
  • Score: 3

10:16am Mon 10 Feb 14

M__B__ says...

On the topic of the town Gala… Does the council pay to hire the fun fair? if so why, when Darweners have to pay again to let their kids have a ride (in effect paying twice). Hire should be free with a cost to ride, or hire is charged and rides are free.

If the latter is possible, could this not work better if the council pays to hire a funfair at a flat cost, everyone is charged a nominal fee for a 'ride pass' in advance of the event, the kids then get as many rides as they like (or a set amount). This approach would surely make it more popular for them to attend and less extortionate to their pocket money (as it is now)… the advance of 'ride pass' money goes towards and subsidises other aspects of the event budget??? The funfair then generates extra profit through the sale of refreshments and prize stalls under license...

Just a thought.
On the topic of the town Gala… Does the council pay to hire the fun fair? if so why, when Darweners have to pay again to let their kids have a ride (in effect paying twice). Hire should be free with a cost to ride, or hire is charged and rides are free. If the latter is possible, could this not work better if the council pays to hire a funfair at a flat cost, everyone is charged a nominal fee for a 'ride pass' in advance of the event, the kids then get as many rides as they like (or a set amount). This approach would surely make it more popular for them to attend and less extortionate to their pocket money (as it is now)… the advance of 'ride pass' money goes towards and subsidises other aspects of the event budget??? The funfair then generates extra profit through the sale of refreshments and prize stalls under license... Just a thought. M__B__
  • Score: 0

2:23pm Mon 10 Feb 14

pm1960 says...

M_B_

- no, Darwen Town Council does not pay to hire the funfair.
M_B_ - no, Darwen Town Council does not pay to hire the funfair. pm1960
  • Score: 0

2:30pm Mon 10 Feb 14

pm1960 says...

Ian K wrote:
I would guess that Ms Hollern has nothing to say about this, unlike the story the other day (link follows, and my comment from that story) http://www.lancashir etelegraph.co.uk/new s/darwen/10993405.Mi nistry___s_official_ told_Darwen_council_ chiefs_it_was_in_Sou th/ OOps.. the comment... Could anyone, public or from the L,T explain to me why a story about DARWEN Town Council regarding a project about DARWEN Heritage Centre should include a comment from the "leader of BwD council", or even why her smiling visage is used as the introduction to the article?
Probably because she was asked by the press ! It is a story partly concerning BwD as if DTC want to borrow money from BwD the Sec of State has to approve it.
[quote][p][bold]Ian K[/bold] wrote: I would guess that Ms Hollern has nothing to say about this, unlike the story the other day (link follows, and my comment from that story) http://www.lancashir etelegraph.co.uk/new s/darwen/10993405.Mi nistry___s_official_ told_Darwen_council_ chiefs_it_was_in_Sou th/ OOps.. the comment... Could anyone, public or from the L,T explain to me why a story about DARWEN Town Council regarding a project about DARWEN Heritage Centre should include a comment from the "leader of BwD council", or even why her smiling visage is used as the introduction to the article?[/p][/quote]Probably because she was asked by the press ! It is a story partly concerning BwD as if DTC want to borrow money from BwD the Sec of State has to approve it. pm1960
  • Score: 0

2:43pm Mon 10 Feb 14

HelpingDarwen says...

I'll wager that the average age of the commentators on this topic is mid 50's+, and I will also bet that unemployment amongst our under 25's is 25%+. Feels like we are fiddling while Rome burns! What would THEY think? Can we get some of the younger people into the debate about how OUR council best spends OUR money?
I'll wager that the average age of the commentators on this topic is mid 50's+, and I will also bet that unemployment amongst our under 25's is 25%+. Feels like we are fiddling while Rome burns! What would THEY think? Can we get some of the younger people into the debate about how OUR council best spends OUR money? HelpingDarwen
  • Score: 1

7:19pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Dai Darwen says...

louderfasterlonger wrote:
Dai Darwen wrote:
HelpingDarwen wrote: Thank goodness. Stick the heritage centre in the library, and spend the money on something useful instead. Council taking out a mortgage to buy a knackered old bank building to spend a fortune turning it into a heritage centre. They are off with the fairies this lot!
Totally agree, *** Darwen Library *** This would breathe new life into the Library. The Library in it's own right is a wonderful Heritage building and should be looked after. Never mind taking out a financial burden plus all the other taxes, utlities and insurances that would be charged to keep HSBC as a Heritage Centre. No mention anywhere of the running costs just the price to buy the building. As the current trend words are "clarity and transparency. Come on Darwen Council open up with the true costs. No doubt somebody will come back with Grants for this and Grants for that but if the Council cannot organise a mortgage then there is little hope of obtaining Grants. Well come on Darwen Council prove me wrong or better still organise a Heritage Centre at the Darwen Library. Hopefully this century or I will miss it.
Darwen Library is exactly that - A library. They have not got the space to accomodate our rich heritage, nor can they attract up to £150k Lottery Herritage funding as the rules for bidding will not allow it. Furthermore, BwDBC who run the Library have not been approached by anyone seeking permission. Feel free to come and air your views next Thursday, you certainly have much to offer with regards negative opinion.
Well your pseudonym is very apt, louder negativity, faster negativity and longer negativity. Plus you try to make out you know all about the system and ongoings, I wonder why ? Next Thursday ? I doubt I would be able to get a word in.
[quote][p][bold]louderfasterlonger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Darwen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HelpingDarwen[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness. Stick the heritage centre in the library, and spend the money on something useful instead. Council taking out a mortgage to buy a knackered old bank building to spend a fortune turning it into a heritage centre. They are off with the fairies this lot![/p][/quote]Totally agree, *** Darwen Library *** This would breathe new life into the Library. The Library in it's own right is a wonderful Heritage building and should be looked after. Never mind taking out a financial burden plus all the other taxes, utlities and insurances that would be charged to keep HSBC as a Heritage Centre. No mention anywhere of the running costs just the price to buy the building. As the current trend words are "clarity and transparency. Come on Darwen Council open up with the true costs. No doubt somebody will come back with Grants for this and Grants for that but if the Council cannot organise a mortgage then there is little hope of obtaining Grants. Well come on Darwen Council prove me wrong or better still organise a Heritage Centre at the Darwen Library. Hopefully this century or I will miss it.[/p][/quote]Darwen Library is exactly that - A library. They have not got the space to accomodate our rich heritage, nor can they attract up to £150k Lottery Herritage funding as the rules for bidding will not allow it. Furthermore, BwDBC who run the Library have not been approached by anyone seeking permission. Feel free to come and air your views next Thursday, you certainly have much to offer with regards negative opinion.[/p][/quote]Well your pseudonym is very apt, louder negativity, faster negativity and longer negativity. Plus you try to make out you know all about the system and ongoings, I wonder why ? Next Thursday ? I doubt I would be able to get a word in. Dai Darwen
  • Score: 0

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