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Hidden Blackburn river revealed in town centre

Lancashire Telegraph: The uncovered River Blakewater in Blackburn town centre The uncovered River Blakewater in Blackburn town centre

PART of the River Blakewater that runs under Blackburn town centre has become visible for the first time in more than half a century.

The culvert carrying the river under the town was exposed yesterday as part of the Cathedral Quarter development.

The ambitious £28million plan to transform the town centre includes the strengthening of the concrete tunnels built during the town centre redevelopment of the 1960s.

Lancashire Telegraph:

Cathedral Quarter development manager Clare Turner said: “At the moment you cannot drive over the culvert.

“We are replacing the roof and strengthening the walls the roof will sit on.

“When it is finished it will enable that area to be used by vehicles and improve the culvert as a whole.”

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12:32pm Wed 26 Mar 14

A Darener says...

This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.
This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination. A Darener
  • Score: 73

12:37pm Wed 26 Mar 14

jinx says...

Have a word with yourself! Gondolas? Rival Brugge, Amsterdam and Venice!!!
Have a word with yourself! Gondolas? Rival Brugge, Amsterdam and Venice!!! jinx
  • Score: -37

12:42pm Wed 26 Mar 14

A Darener says...

jinx wrote:
Have a word with yourself! Gondolas? Rival Brugge, Amsterdam and Venice!!!
You obviously are ignorant of the expression, "tongue in cheek".
[quote][p][bold]jinx[/bold] wrote: Have a word with yourself! Gondolas? Rival Brugge, Amsterdam and Venice!!![/p][/quote]You obviously are ignorant of the expression, "tongue in cheek". A Darener
  • Score: 44

12:43pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Larry916 says...

A Darener wrote:
This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.
Wonderful idea !
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.[/p][/quote]Wonderful idea ! Larry916
  • Score: 37

12:49pm Wed 26 Mar 14

burner says...

Carnival time in Weatherspoons !!
Carnival time in Weatherspoons !! burner
  • Score: -6

12:56pm Wed 26 Mar 14

shytalk says...

A Darener wrote:
This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.
Whilst i agree with you about planners having a famous reputation for having no imagination, could i please ask what beer you drink?
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.[/p][/quote]Whilst i agree with you about planners having a famous reputation for having no imagination, could i please ask what beer you drink? shytalk
  • Score: -15

1:03pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Joseph O'M says...

Tongue in cheek or not, A Darener has a point....this river should have been reopened and made back into the feature it should be. As long as the Council picked up the rubbish and litter out of it, it could have been a great natural feature at the heart of the town....
Tongue in cheek or not, A Darener has a point....this river should have been reopened and made back into the feature it should be. As long as the Council picked up the rubbish and litter out of it, it could have been a great natural feature at the heart of the town.... Joseph O'M
  • Score: 53

1:08pm Wed 26 Mar 14

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

What's the trout situation ?
What's the trout situation ? disgusted tunbridge wells
  • Score: -6

1:26pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Rumpole says...

disgusted tunbridge wells wrote:
What's the trout situation ?
still hoping to be MP for Blackburn last time I heard...........
[quote][p][bold]disgusted tunbridge wells[/bold] wrote: What's the trout situation ?[/p][/quote]still hoping to be MP for Blackburn last time I heard........... Rumpole
  • Score: 52

1:27pm Wed 26 Mar 14

A Darener says...

Rumpole wrote:
disgusted tunbridge wells wrote:
What's the trout situation ?
still hoping to be MP for Blackburn last time I heard...........
Brilliant!
[quote][p][bold]Rumpole[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]disgusted tunbridge wells[/bold] wrote: What's the trout situation ?[/p][/quote]still hoping to be MP for Blackburn last time I heard...........[/p][/quote]Brilliant! A Darener
  • Score: 40

2:12pm Wed 26 Mar 14

bow1974 says...

A Darener wrote:
This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.
What an excellent idea but as you say no imagination what so ever. Boring Blackburn council.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.[/p][/quote]What an excellent idea but as you say no imagination what so ever. Boring Blackburn council. bow1974
  • Score: 26

2:44pm Wed 26 Mar 14

shirtbox says...

This is the start of millions of pounds worth of extras.As for the gondolas they could ferry people to and from the world famous Devonshire Hotel,take in the views of back Wier St and onwards to the sights at the rear of Bank Top,what a great idea.Did you see that Kate woman on t.v. the other night rabbiting on about the queens visit,she looked like a navvy.lol.not a prospective M.P.
This is the start of millions of pounds worth of extras.As for the gondolas they could ferry people to and from the world famous Devonshire Hotel,take in the views of back Wier St and onwards to the sights at the rear of Bank Top,what a great idea.Did you see that Kate woman on t.v. the other night rabbiting on about the queens visit,she looked like a navvy.lol.not a prospective M.P. shirtbox
  • Score: 21

3:38pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Cimbri says...

A Darener wrote:
This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.
~Anyone know if I'd need a street traders licence, for the Cornetto concession, as I was thinking that I might give it a punt?
Have even wrote a song..
Buy one Cornetto,
get one for free,
delicious ice-cream, of Audley,
creamy vanilla and choco dream,
Get her a Cornetto,
as you float downstream.
(Not to be confused with more expensive products available elsewhere and marketed in a similar fashion. Your love life is at risk, if you fail to buy her one. )
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.[/p][/quote]~Anyone know if I'd need a street traders licence, for the Cornetto concession, as I was thinking that I might give it a punt? Have even wrote a song.. Buy one Cornetto, get one for free, delicious ice-cream, of Audley, creamy vanilla and choco dream, Get her a Cornetto, as you float downstream. (Not to be confused with more expensive products available elsewhere and marketed in a similar fashion. Your love life is at risk, if you fail to buy her one. ) Cimbri
  • Score: 28

4:23pm Wed 26 Mar 14

barryinthailand says...

disgusted tunbridge wells wrote:
What's the trout situation ?
I believe he still married to her!
[quote][p][bold]disgusted tunbridge wells[/bold] wrote: What's the trout situation ?[/p][/quote]I believe he still married to her! barryinthailand
  • Score: 16

5:37pm Wed 26 Mar 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I just did street view on the exposed ends of the river at each end of the culvert, I get the gondola joke now! It's like a trickle, hardly a stream!

For any other Google Earth geeks you can see it on George St and Boyle St
I just did street view on the exposed ends of the river at each end of the culvert, I get the gondola joke now! It's like a trickle, hardly a stream! For any other Google Earth geeks you can see it on George St and Boyle St HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 13

6:58pm Wed 26 Mar 14

ikap22 says...

A Darener wrote:
This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.
Those happy pill's must be amazing, can I have few please. I can pass it onto the planning dept.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.[/p][/quote]Those happy pill's must be amazing, can I have few please. I can pass it onto the planning dept. ikap22
  • Score: 10

7:11pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Ex-Darrener says...

It has always amazed me that, in my lifetime anyway, the river after which the town is named is only visible if you know where to look.
It has always amazed me that, in my lifetime anyway, the river after which the town is named is only visible if you know where to look. Ex-Darrener
  • Score: 16

7:13pm Wed 26 Mar 14

GrindletonBob says...

When I first saw the photo of the exposed River Blakewater, I immediately thought that looks great, the Council planners are going to make a feature of it similar to cities such as York.

But, oh no, it's going to be re-covered and whilst other towns and cities go for pedestrianised schemes, the Council is completing these works so that the location can "be used by vehicles" as well as to "improve the culvert as a whole.”

Note to Councils such as York and Cambridge - why not cover your rivers, turn them into culverts and then perhaps put a pay and display machine on top and use them as car parks!
When I first saw the photo of the exposed River Blakewater, I immediately thought that looks great, the Council planners are going to make a feature of it similar to cities such as York. But, oh no, it's going to be re-covered and whilst other towns and cities go for pedestrianised schemes, the Council is completing these works so that the location can "be used by vehicles" as well as to "improve the culvert as a whole.” Note to Councils such as York and Cambridge - why not cover your rivers, turn them into culverts and then perhaps put a pay and display machine on top and use them as car parks! GrindletonBob
  • Score: 16

7:19pm Wed 26 Mar 14

M.DANNY says...

Have they found a skull of famous England's King like Richard 111 or Roman's Swords coins Skulls ?
Then River Blakewater would have been world famous and we would get lot interest from the media ie TV Papers magazines etc etc
One clown up there wants to create a Venice here, you are biggest joker in town.
Just filled up with concrete and forget you ever discovered River Blakewater.
Have they found a skull of famous England's King like Richard 111 or Roman's Swords coins Skulls ? Then River Blakewater would have been world famous and we would get lot interest from the media ie TV Papers magazines etc etc One clown up there wants to create a Venice here, you are biggest joker in town. Just filled up with concrete and forget you ever discovered River Blakewater. M.DANNY
  • Score: -10

7:32pm Wed 26 Mar 14

mark anthony says...

Ideal for the many thousand rats to sunbath
Ideal for the many thousand rats to sunbath mark anthony
  • Score: 12

7:37pm Wed 26 Mar 14

b18ftmojo5 says...

Nice idea shows some creativity more so than whomever decides such things at the council but given the recent flooding better to keep it sealed imo.
Nice idea shows some creativity more so than whomever decides such things at the council but given the recent flooding better to keep it sealed imo. b18ftmojo5
  • Score: 8

8:20pm Wed 26 Mar 14

fireonthemountain says...

Joseph O'M wrote:
Tongue in cheek or not, A Darener has a point....this river should have been reopened and made back into the feature it should be. As long as the Council picked up the rubbish and litter out of it, it could have been a great natural feature at the heart of the town....
Excellent point . Blackburn could genuinely be a tourist attraction .

We have superb architecture (please get rid of that ugly round thing on The Cathedral ) .

We HAD fantastic transport links (well , not now the bus station has moved to....where exactly?)

Here's an idea -

- Provide somewhere to park for people visiting .
- Make a traffic system that actually makes sense .
- Get rid of , on a zero tolerance basis , all drunks , druggies , beggars ,
gypos and prozzies .
- Get some decent night life venues - pubs. discos , restruants .
- provide a good bus and taxi service , with legal vehicles and drivers
who can speak English and know where they're going .

OK - I seem to live in fantasy land !

But - look at who governed Blackburn .
Castle and Straw . Next MP will be that awful Kate woman .
Absolutely certain .

And you wonder why Darwen is doing superbly .
Lots of new jobs - new homes - great night-life .

Even Burnley is a better town centre .

Vote me down - not at all bothered !!
[quote][p][bold]Joseph O'M[/bold] wrote: Tongue in cheek or not, A Darener has a point....this river should have been reopened and made back into the feature it should be. As long as the Council picked up the rubbish and litter out of it, it could have been a great natural feature at the heart of the town....[/p][/quote]Excellent point . Blackburn could genuinely be a tourist attraction . We have superb architecture (please get rid of that ugly round thing on The Cathedral ) . We HAD fantastic transport links (well , not now the bus station has moved to....where exactly?) Here's an idea - - Provide somewhere to park for people visiting . - Make a traffic system that actually makes sense . - Get rid of , on a zero tolerance basis , all drunks , druggies , beggars , gypos and prozzies . - Get some decent night life venues - pubs. discos , restruants . - provide a good bus and taxi service , with legal vehicles and drivers who can speak English and know where they're going . OK - I seem to live in fantasy land ! But - look at who governed Blackburn . Castle and Straw . Next MP will be that awful Kate woman . Absolutely certain . And you wonder why Darwen is doing superbly . Lots of new jobs - new homes - great night-life . Even Burnley is a better town centre . Vote me down - not at all bothered !! fireonthemountain
  • Score: 29

8:36pm Wed 26 Mar 14

b18ftmojo5 says...

fireonthemountain wrote:
Joseph O'M wrote:
Tongue in cheek or not, A Darener has a point....this river should have been reopened and made back into the feature it should be. As long as the Council picked up the rubbish and litter out of it, it could have been a great natural feature at the heart of the town....
Excellent point . Blackburn could genuinely be a tourist attraction .

We have superb architecture (please get rid of that ugly round thing on The Cathedral ) .

We HAD fantastic transport links (well , not now the bus station has moved to....where exactly?)

Here's an idea -

- Provide somewhere to park for people visiting .
- Make a traffic system that actually makes sense .
- Get rid of , on a zero tolerance basis , all drunks , druggies , beggars ,
gypos and prozzies .
- Get some decent night life venues - pubs. discos , restruants .
- provide a good bus and taxi service , with legal vehicles and drivers
who can speak English and know where they're going .

OK - I seem to live in fantasy land !

But - look at who governed Blackburn .
Castle and Straw . Next MP will be that awful Kate woman .
Absolutely certain .

And you wonder why Darwen is doing superbly .
Lots of new jobs - new homes - great night-life .

Even Burnley is a better town centre .

Vote me down - not at all bothered !!
Lol agree totally the only thing to make blackburn good wiuld be if it had an influx of students. Failing that a theme park built in cororation park would be awesome.
[quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joseph O'M[/bold] wrote: Tongue in cheek or not, A Darener has a point....this river should have been reopened and made back into the feature it should be. As long as the Council picked up the rubbish and litter out of it, it could have been a great natural feature at the heart of the town....[/p][/quote]Excellent point . Blackburn could genuinely be a tourist attraction . We have superb architecture (please get rid of that ugly round thing on The Cathedral ) . We HAD fantastic transport links (well , not now the bus station has moved to....where exactly?) Here's an idea - - Provide somewhere to park for people visiting . - Make a traffic system that actually makes sense . - Get rid of , on a zero tolerance basis , all drunks , druggies , beggars , gypos and prozzies . - Get some decent night life venues - pubs. discos , restruants . - provide a good bus and taxi service , with legal vehicles and drivers who can speak English and know where they're going . OK - I seem to live in fantasy land ! But - look at who governed Blackburn . Castle and Straw . Next MP will be that awful Kate woman . Absolutely certain . And you wonder why Darwen is doing superbly . Lots of new jobs - new homes - great night-life . Even Burnley is a better town centre . Vote me down - not at all bothered !![/p][/quote]Lol agree totally the only thing to make blackburn good wiuld be if it had an influx of students. Failing that a theme park built in cororation park would be awesome. b18ftmojo5
  • Score: 11

10:02pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

b18ftmojo5 wrote:
fireonthemountain wrote:
Joseph O'M wrote:
Tongue in cheek or not, A Darener has a point....this river should have been reopened and made back into the feature it should be. As long as the Council picked up the rubbish and litter out of it, it could have been a great natural feature at the heart of the town....
Excellent point . Blackburn could genuinely be a tourist attraction .

We have superb architecture (please get rid of that ugly round thing on The Cathedral ) .

We HAD fantastic transport links (well , not now the bus station has moved to....where exactly?)

Here's an idea -

- Provide somewhere to park for people visiting .
- Make a traffic system that actually makes sense .
- Get rid of , on a zero tolerance basis , all drunks , druggies , beggars ,
gypos and prozzies .
- Get some decent night life venues - pubs. discos , restruants .
- provide a good bus and taxi service , with legal vehicles and drivers
who can speak English and know where they're going .

OK - I seem to live in fantasy land !

But - look at who governed Blackburn .
Castle and Straw . Next MP will be that awful Kate woman .
Absolutely certain .

And you wonder why Darwen is doing superbly .
Lots of new jobs - new homes - great night-life .

Even Burnley is a better town centre .

Vote me down - not at all bothered !!
Lol agree totally the only thing to make blackburn good wiuld be if it had an influx of students. Failing that a theme park built in cororation park would be awesome.
No it wouldn't - I suggest you read "B******s to Alton Towers: Uncommonly British Days Out, by Robin Halstead, Jason Hazeley, Alex Morris & Joel Morris
[quote][p][bold]b18ftmojo5[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joseph O'M[/bold] wrote: Tongue in cheek or not, A Darener has a point....this river should have been reopened and made back into the feature it should be. As long as the Council picked up the rubbish and litter out of it, it could have been a great natural feature at the heart of the town....[/p][/quote]Excellent point . Blackburn could genuinely be a tourist attraction . We have superb architecture (please get rid of that ugly round thing on The Cathedral ) . We HAD fantastic transport links (well , not now the bus station has moved to....where exactly?) Here's an idea - - Provide somewhere to park for people visiting . - Make a traffic system that actually makes sense . - Get rid of , on a zero tolerance basis , all drunks , druggies , beggars , gypos and prozzies . - Get some decent night life venues - pubs. discos , restruants . - provide a good bus and taxi service , with legal vehicles and drivers who can speak English and know where they're going . OK - I seem to live in fantasy land ! But - look at who governed Blackburn . Castle and Straw . Next MP will be that awful Kate woman . Absolutely certain . And you wonder why Darwen is doing superbly . Lots of new jobs - new homes - great night-life . Even Burnley is a better town centre . Vote me down - not at all bothered !![/p][/quote]Lol agree totally the only thing to make blackburn good wiuld be if it had an influx of students. Failing that a theme park built in cororation park would be awesome.[/p][/quote]No it wouldn't - I suggest you read "B******s to Alton Towers: Uncommonly British Days Out, by Robin Halstead, Jason Hazeley, Alex Morris & Joel Morris Darren1951
  • Score: 5

10:28pm Wed 26 Mar 14

noddy57 says...

long time no see,,l can just about remember the river being visible in several locations as a young boy,,the first post on here has an excellent idea of exposing the river through the town as a tourist attraction for both visitor and residents alike, a water feature through the town would enhance the town if it is done right,,why cover up a historic waterway ?
long time no see,,l can just about remember the river being visible in several locations as a young boy,,the first post on here has an excellent idea of exposing the river through the town as a tourist attraction for both visitor and residents alike, a water feature through the town would enhance the town if it is done right,,why cover up a historic waterway ? noddy57
  • Score: 11

1:23am Thu 27 Mar 14

kenbro says...

As a youth in the 1950's the Blakewater was open at the bottom of Ainsworth Street. The Wilpshire trams used to pull in there and park over the top of the covered part of the river. The open part carried on up Water Street.
We used to jump down onto the river bottom and walk upstream finally climbing out near Victoria Street.
Most of the time there was very little water in the stream and it was not very clean. I doubt that it would make a decent looking waterway through the centre of town. It looked more like a rainwater drainage ditch than a river.
Of course, in heavy rains it can become a torrent.
As a youth in the 1950's the Blakewater was open at the bottom of Ainsworth Street. The Wilpshire trams used to pull in there and park over the top of the covered part of the river. The open part carried on up Water Street. We used to jump down onto the river bottom and walk upstream finally climbing out near Victoria Street. Most of the time there was very little water in the stream and it was not very clean. I doubt that it would make a decent looking waterway through the centre of town. It looked more like a rainwater drainage ditch than a river. Of course, in heavy rains it can become a torrent. kenbro
  • Score: 8

7:59am Thu 27 Mar 14

A Darener says...

Wow! I certainly stirred a hornets nest when I suggested the idea of a riverboat trip to the new bus station. Just shows the passion of the townsfolk for their town. Pity the council don't sure the same passion.
Wow! I certainly stirred a hornets nest when I suggested the idea of a riverboat trip to the new bus station. Just shows the passion of the townsfolk for their town. Pity the council don't sure the same passion. A Darener
  • Score: 13

8:07am Thu 27 Mar 14

A Darener says...

Sorry that should read share the same passion for he town.
Sorry that should read share the same passion for he town. A Darener
  • Score: 3

8:07am Thu 27 Mar 14

A Darener says...

Sorry that should read share the same passion for the town.
Sorry that should read share the same passion for the town. A Darener
  • Score: 6

10:20am Thu 27 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

As the queen visits Blackburn and looks at the Boulevard- she comments- "I've been coming to this town for over 50 years-it's still not finished."
As the queen visits Blackburn and looks at the Boulevard- she comments- "I've been coming to this town for over 50 years-it's still not finished." vicn1956
  • Score: 8

10:44am Thu 27 Mar 14

ChrisDeBerg says...

bow1974 wrote:
A Darener wrote:
This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.
What an excellent idea but as you say no imagination what so ever. Boring Blackburn council.
What about a glass floor to watch it flowing under your feet? haha
[quote][p][bold]bow1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.[/p][/quote]What an excellent idea but as you say no imagination what so ever. Boring Blackburn council.[/p][/quote]What about a glass floor to watch it flowing under your feet? haha ChrisDeBerg
  • Score: 8

12:06pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

ChrisDeBerg wrote:
bow1974 wrote:
A Darener wrote:
This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.
What an excellent idea but as you say no imagination what so ever. Boring Blackburn council.
What about a glass floor to watch it flowing under your feet? haha
Brilliant idea! You also study the rodent wildlife at the same time, eh?
[quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bow1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.[/p][/quote]What an excellent idea but as you say no imagination what so ever. Boring Blackburn council.[/p][/quote]What about a glass floor to watch it flowing under your feet? haha[/p][/quote]Brilliant idea! You also study the rodent wildlife at the same time, eh? Darren1951
  • Score: 6

12:08pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

Oops - that should read "You could also study.....".
Oops - that should read "You could also study.....". Darren1951
  • Score: -2

1:06am Fri 28 Mar 14

b18ftmojo5 says...

Funny all the comments about this hidden river, I see I every night at work, tonight its like a raging torrent, up about 4 ft higher than normal...lol
Funny all the comments about this hidden river, I see I every night at work, tonight its like a raging torrent, up about 4 ft higher than normal...lol b18ftmojo5
  • Score: 4

5:12pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

A pretty selections of pretty pictures to enhance anyone's of their stay which when greeted by this bomb site will only be very short. Would you want come here they' be producing a nice tourist brochure next or maybe even a video there appears to be no limits to there marketing skill
A pretty selections of pretty pictures to enhance anyone's of their stay which when greeted by this bomb site will only be very short. Would you want come here they' be producing a nice tourist brochure next or maybe even a video there appears to be no limits to there marketing skill ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 5

5:15pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Darren1951 wrote:
ChrisDeBerg wrote:
bow1974 wrote:
A Darener wrote:
This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.
What an excellent idea but as you say no imagination what so ever. Boring Blackburn council.
What about a glass floor to watch it flowing under your feet? haha
Brilliant idea! You also study the rodent wildlife at the same time, eh?
And we all know where the real rodents are !!!
[quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bow1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.[/p][/quote]What an excellent idea but as you say no imagination what so ever. Boring Blackburn council.[/p][/quote]What about a glass floor to watch it flowing under your feet? haha[/p][/quote]Brilliant idea! You also study the rodent wildlife at the same time, eh?[/p][/quote]And we all know where the real rodents are !!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 5

5:18pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

b18ftmojo5 wrote:
fireonthemountain wrote:
Joseph O'M wrote:
Tongue in cheek or not, A Darener has a point....this river should have been reopened and made back into the feature it should be. As long as the Council picked up the rubbish and litter out of it, it could have been a great natural feature at the heart of the town....
Excellent point . Blackburn could genuinely be a tourist attraction .

We have superb architecture (please get rid of that ugly round thing on The Cathedral ) .

We HAD fantastic transport links (well , not now the bus station has moved to....where exactly?)

Here's an idea -

- Provide somewhere to park for people visiting .
- Make a traffic system that actually makes sense .
- Get rid of , on a zero tolerance basis , all drunks , druggies , beggars ,
gypos and prozzies .
- Get some decent night life venues - pubs. discos , restruants .
- provide a good bus and taxi service , with legal vehicles and drivers
who can speak English and know where they're going .

OK - I seem to live in fantasy land !

But - look at who governed Blackburn .
Castle and Straw . Next MP will be that awful Kate woman .
Absolutely certain .

And you wonder why Darwen is doing superbly .
Lots of new jobs - new homes - great night-life .

Even Burnley is a better town centre .

Vote me down - not at all bothered !!
Lol agree totally the only thing to make blackburn good wiuld be if it had an influx of students. Failing that a theme park built in cororation park would be awesome.
And maybe a change of Clowncil
[quote][p][bold]b18ftmojo5[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joseph O'M[/bold] wrote: Tongue in cheek or not, A Darener has a point....this river should have been reopened and made back into the feature it should be. As long as the Council picked up the rubbish and litter out of it, it could have been a great natural feature at the heart of the town....[/p][/quote]Excellent point . Blackburn could genuinely be a tourist attraction . We have superb architecture (please get rid of that ugly round thing on The Cathedral ) . We HAD fantastic transport links (well , not now the bus station has moved to....where exactly?) Here's an idea - - Provide somewhere to park for people visiting . - Make a traffic system that actually makes sense . - Get rid of , on a zero tolerance basis , all drunks , druggies , beggars , gypos and prozzies . - Get some decent night life venues - pubs. discos , restruants . - provide a good bus and taxi service , with legal vehicles and drivers who can speak English and know where they're going . OK - I seem to live in fantasy land ! But - look at who governed Blackburn . Castle and Straw . Next MP will be that awful Kate woman . Absolutely certain . And you wonder why Darwen is doing superbly . Lots of new jobs - new homes - great night-life . Even Burnley is a better town centre . Vote me down - not at all bothered !![/p][/quote]Lol agree totally the only thing to make blackburn good wiuld be if it had an influx of students. Failing that a theme park built in cororation park would be awesome.[/p][/quote]And maybe a change of Clowncil ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 5

5:21pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

mark anthony wrote:
Ideal for the many thousand rats to sunbath
The rats in Bburn are too busy making plans for when they are famous
[quote][p][bold]mark anthony[/bold] wrote: Ideal for the many thousand rats to sunbath[/p][/quote]The rats in Bburn are too busy making plans for when they are famous ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 5

5:23pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

vicn1956 wrote:
As the queen visits Blackburn and looks at the Boulevard- she comments- "I've been coming to this town for over 50 years-it's still not finished."
She might trow a few bob in to finish it eh ?
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: As the queen visits Blackburn and looks at the Boulevard- she comments- "I've been coming to this town for over 50 years-it's still not finished."[/p][/quote]She might trow a few bob in to finish it eh ? ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 5

5:24pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

vicn1956 wrote:
As the queen visits Blackburn and looks at the Boulevard- she comments- "I've been coming to this town for over 50 years-it's still not finished."
Lend us a quid luv
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: As the queen visits Blackburn and looks at the Boulevard- she comments- "I've been coming to this town for over 50 years-it's still not finished."[/p][/quote]Lend us a quid luv ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 4

5:28pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

barryinthailand wrote:
disgusted tunbridge wells wrote:
What's the trout situation ?
I believe he still married to her!
No she's just been proposed for parliament
[quote][p][bold]barryinthailand[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]disgusted tunbridge wells[/bold] wrote: What's the trout situation ?[/p][/quote]I believe he still married to her![/p][/quote]No she's just been proposed for parliament ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 4

5:31pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

mark anthony wrote:
Ideal for the many thousand rats to sunbath
Why sunbath when they can leave and feed like nobility down king William st.
[quote][p][bold]mark anthony[/bold] wrote: Ideal for the many thousand rats to sunbath[/p][/quote]Why sunbath when they can leave and feed like nobility down king William st. ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 4

5:34pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Cimbri wrote:
A Darener wrote:
This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.
~Anyone know if I'd need a street traders licence, for the Cornetto concession, as I was thinking that I might give it a punt?
Have even wrote a song..
Buy one Cornetto,
get one for free,
delicious ice-cream, of Audley,
creamy vanilla and choco dream,
Get her a Cornetto,
as you float downstream.
(Not to be confused with more expensive products available elsewhere and marketed in a similar fashion. Your love life is at risk, if you fail to buy her one. )
Brilliant
[quote][p][bold]Cimbri[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.[/p][/quote]~Anyone know if I'd need a street traders licence, for the Cornetto concession, as I was thinking that I might give it a punt? Have even wrote a song.. Buy one Cornetto, get one for free, delicious ice-cream, of Audley, creamy vanilla and choco dream, Get her a Cornetto, as you float downstream. (Not to be confused with more expensive products available elsewhere and marketed in a similar fashion. Your love life is at risk, if you fail to buy her one. )[/p][/quote]Brilliant ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 4

5:40pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

A Darener wrote:
This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.
Probably have plenty of imagination when doing their expenses though !!
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: This would have been an ideal opportunity for the planners to design a feature to put Blackburn on the map. By uncovering the river and making a feature of it they could have designed a waterway to the new bus station using gondolas as a mode of transport. This would have been a unique design making Blackburn one of the only towns in the country to rival Brugge Amsterdam and Venice. This could have attracted visitors from all over the country, if not the world. But then again Blackburn town planners have a famous reputation for having no imagination.[/p][/quote]Probably have plenty of imagination when doing their expenses though !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 5

5:41pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
mark anthony wrote:
Ideal for the many thousand rats to sunbath
Why sunbath when they can leave and feed like nobility down king William st.
I meant live
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark anthony[/bold] wrote: Ideal for the many thousand rats to sunbath[/p][/quote]Why sunbath when they can leave and feed like nobility down king William st.[/p][/quote]I meant live ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 2

5:42pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
mark anthony wrote:
Ideal for the many thousand rats to sunbath
Why sunbath when they can leave and feed like nobility down king William st.
I meant live and sunbath on the cruises
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark anthony[/bold] wrote: Ideal for the many thousand rats to sunbath[/p][/quote]Why sunbath when they can leave and feed like nobility down king William st.[/p][/quote]I meant live and sunbath on the cruises ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 4

5:42pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
mark anthony wrote:
Ideal for the many thousand rats to sunbath
Why sunbath when they can leave and feed like nobility down king William st.
I meant live and sunbath on the cruises
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark anthony[/bold] wrote: Ideal for the many thousand rats to sunbath[/p][/quote]Why sunbath when they can leave and feed like nobility down king William st.[/p][/quote]I meant live and sunbath on the cruises ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 4

5:43pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

vicn1956 wrote:
As the queen visits Blackburn and looks at the Boulevard- she comments- "I've been coming to this town for over 50 years-it's still not finished."
The lazy BBs
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: As the queen visits Blackburn and looks at the Boulevard- she comments- "I've been coming to this town for over 50 years-it's still not finished."[/p][/quote]The lazy BBs ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 4

10:57am Sun 6 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

shirtbox wrote:
This is the start of millions of pounds worth of extras.As for the gondolas they could ferry people to and from the world famous Devonshire Hotel,take in the views of back Wier St and onwards to the sights at the rear of Bank Top,what a great idea.Did you see that Kate woman on t.v. the other night rabbiting on about the queens visit,she looked like a navvy.lol.not a prospective M.P.
I think you are being too kind to her I've seen smarter navies lol
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: This is the start of millions of pounds worth of extras.As for the gondolas they could ferry people to and from the world famous Devonshire Hotel,take in the views of back Wier St and onwards to the sights at the rear of Bank Top,what a great idea.Did you see that Kate woman on t.v. the other night rabbiting on about the queens visit,she looked like a navvy.lol.not a prospective M.P.[/p][/quote]I think you are being too kind to her I've seen smarter navies lol ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 4

10:59am Sun 6 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
shirtbox wrote:
This is the start of millions of pounds worth of extras.As for the gondolas they could ferry people to and from the world famous Devonshire Hotel,take in the views of back Wier St and onwards to the sights at the rear of Bank Top,what a great idea.Did you see that Kate woman on t.v. the other night rabbiting on about the queens visit,she looked like a navvy.lol.not a prospective M.P.
I think you are being too kind to her I've seen smarter navies lol
She will be a lot smarter when she's on Parliamentary expenses gravy train !!
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: This is the start of millions of pounds worth of extras.As for the gondolas they could ferry people to and from the world famous Devonshire Hotel,take in the views of back Wier St and onwards to the sights at the rear of Bank Top,what a great idea.Did you see that Kate woman on t.v. the other night rabbiting on about the queens visit,she looked like a navvy.lol.not a prospective M.P.[/p][/quote]I think you are being too kind to her I've seen smarter navies lol[/p][/quote]She will be a lot smarter when she's on Parliamentary expenses gravy train !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 4

6:02am Fri 11 Apr 14

blackburne67 says...

I think its a g8 idea to make a feature of the river Blakewater in the town centre esp near the Cathedral.I realise Blackburn is never going to be a Venice it would be out of keeping but at least people won't avoid Blackburn.It would help make thd town centre a pleasant place to visit, shop & work & draw people in from surrounding towns & cities. I thinkt would be a shame as it is what the town is names after even if it is a small river.It will be an opportunity missed if covered up but it needs to be done with some thought & taste.It doesn't need to be the most expensive development to make this work.It wil cost money of course but thats unavoidable, just dont sqander it on something that is distasteful & the locals recentful.My husband has visited Blackburn with me when im back home visiting relatives & friends & funnily enough ive mentioned the river Blake water to him & even he said its a shame they haven't made a feature out of the river in the town centre! So come on how about it.............. :)))
I think its a g8 idea to make a feature of the river Blakewater in the town centre esp near the Cathedral.I realise Blackburn is never going to be a Venice it would be out of keeping but at least people won't avoid Blackburn.It would help make thd town centre a pleasant place to visit, shop & work & draw people in from surrounding towns & cities. I thinkt would be a shame as it is what the town is names after even if it is a small river.It will be an opportunity missed if covered up but it needs to be done with some thought & taste.It doesn't need to be the most expensive development to make this work.It wil cost money of course but thats unavoidable, just dont sqander it on something that is distasteful & the locals recentful.My husband has visited Blackburn with me when im back home visiting relatives & friends & funnily enough ive mentioned the river Blake water to him & even he said its a shame they haven't made a feature out of the river in the town centre! So come on how about it.............. :))) blackburne67
  • Score: 2

4:35pm Wed 16 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

kenbro wrote:
As a youth in the 1950's the Blakewater was open at the bottom of Ainsworth Street. The Wilpshire trams used to pull in there and park over the top of the covered part of the river. The open part carried on up Water Street.
We used to jump down onto the river bottom and walk upstream finally climbing out near Victoria Street.
Most of the time there was very little water in the stream and it was not very clean. I doubt that it would make a decent looking waterway through the centre of town. It looked more like a rainwater drainage ditch than a river.
Of course, in heavy rains it can become a torrent.
Very polite, I remember it as a dirty Orange colour
[quote][p][bold]kenbro[/bold] wrote: As a youth in the 1950's the Blakewater was open at the bottom of Ainsworth Street. The Wilpshire trams used to pull in there and park over the top of the covered part of the river. The open part carried on up Water Street. We used to jump down onto the river bottom and walk upstream finally climbing out near Victoria Street. Most of the time there was very little water in the stream and it was not very clean. I doubt that it would make a decent looking waterway through the centre of town. It looked more like a rainwater drainage ditch than a river. Of course, in heavy rains it can become a torrent.[/p][/quote]Very polite, I remember it as a dirty Orange colour ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 2

4:37pm Wed 16 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
A pretty selections of pretty pictures to enhance anyone's of their stay which when greeted by this bomb site will only be very short. Would you want come here they' be producing a nice tourist brochure next or maybe even a video there appears to be no limits to there marketing skill
Some brochure !!
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: A pretty selections of pretty pictures to enhance anyone's of their stay which when greeted by this bomb site will only be very short. Would you want come here they' be producing a nice tourist brochure next or maybe even a video there appears to be no limits to there marketing skill[/p][/quote]Some brochure !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 2

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