Darwen residents promised licensed landlords and alley gates to combat decline

BOROUGH chiefs have promised a new residents’ association that they will look into selective licensing of private landlords and installing alleygates to boost parts of Darwen.

Leader Kate Hollern and neighbourhoods’ boss Yusuf Jan-Virmani made the pledge at the executive board of Blackburn with Darwen Council.

Representatives of the Savoy Residents Association went to the meeting to raise concerns about the decline of the area.

Chair Gwen Mitchell, from Argyle Street, asked for the selective licensing scheme already in place nearby in Darwen to be extended to their area crossing the Sudell/Earcroft ward border.

Treasurer Adrian Humphrys asked why the installation of alleygates had stopped at Snape Street and not continued into Cavendish, Argyle and Gillibrand Streets.

Coun Jan-Virmani said the current landlord licensing schemes in Darwen would end in June and would be ‘reviewed to assess its impact.”

He said: “We will consider these results and then decide whether to approve a further scheme in the same area with the same or different boundaries.

“Your request will be considered as part of this process.”

On alleygates, Coun Jan-Virmani said there was clear evidence of the need for them at the rear of Snape Street.

He added: “Adjacent alleys were not gated at that time for two reasons – limited budget and lack of identified need.

“Should this programme continue, due consideration will be given to Cavendish, Argyle and Gill- ibrand Streets.”

Coun Hollern said she would ensure both requests would be properly considered next year, adding that if the residents’ association could find cash towards the gates, the borough would match it.

Mrs Mitchell said: “I moved here in 1989 when it was a lovely area.

“The association was formed in October covering an area of about 300 houses because it has declined to become a bit shabby.

“We need the licensing and alleygates to combat anti-social behaviour, improve the state of some houses and tackle empty properties. I welcome what was promised,”

Sudell Labour councillor and Mayor of Darwen Town Council Eileen Entwistle said: “I shall make sure the executive board honours its promises.”

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4:33pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Darreners make sense says...

This article can only be a positive move, to ensure the council backs up what has been said. We will be keeping an eye on this in the coming months...... Vice Chair. Savoy Residents Association.....
This article can only be a positive move, to ensure the council backs up what has been said. We will be keeping an eye on this in the coming months...... Vice Chair. Savoy Residents Association..... Darreners make sense

8:40pm Tue 17 Dec 13

DarkhorseG says...

Let's hope the executive board keep to their word and put these proposals forward. Having lived in this area for many years I would love to see it back to what it used to be....a pleasant place to live 😊
Let's hope the executive board keep to their word and put these proposals forward. Having lived in this area for many years I would love to see it back to what it used to be....a pleasant place to live 😊 DarkhorseG

9:42pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Pyewacket2 says...

Selective Licensing of Landlords and Alley Gating were put into the Mosley St, Infirmary area of Blackburn right at the beginning, about four years ago. The Council took the money from the Landlords quite happily. Has it improved the area ? Not a jot. Still a **** hole.
Selective Licensing of Landlords and Alley Gating were put into the Mosley St, Infirmary area of Blackburn right at the beginning, about four years ago. The Council took the money from the Landlords quite happily. Has it improved the area ? Not a jot. Still a **** hole. Pyewacket2

11:31am Fri 20 Dec 13

Richard Pembrook says...

Taking money from landlords is not going to make the area better, it just means landlords have less money to repair the houses. Most landlords run a tight ship as far as business goes & the council employ way too many people who are just a burden on local businesses who ahve to pay for the slackers.

Let the council cut the wages bill so we dont have to pay for thair incompetance!
Taking money from landlords is not going to make the area better, it just means landlords have less money to repair the houses. Most landlords run a tight ship as far as business goes & the council employ way too many people who are just a burden on local businesses who ahve to pay for the slackers. Let the council cut the wages bill so we dont have to pay for thair incompetance! Richard Pembrook

3:45pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Darreners make sense says...

Richard Pembrook wrote:
Taking money from landlords is not going to make the area better, it just means landlords have less money to repair the houses. Most landlords run a tight ship as far as business goes & the council employ way too many people who are just a burden on local businesses who ahve to pay for the slackers.

Let the council cut the wages bill so we dont have to pay for thair incompetance!
The licencing is to ensure that decent tenants are in the houses not any scum bag who wants to cause problems for others. This is the main reason for the licencing, The Savoy area has seen an increase in crime and steady decline in respectful residents in the last 3 years, anti social behaviour is up as well. The landlords want to bring the house prices down in the area so they buy even cheaper houses. The easiest way is to put scum in the already owned properties to speed up the process, it has been proven in other areas of Darwen that it has happened and is now happening in the Savoy area as well. THE RESIDENTS WILL NOT STAND FOR IT. If the landlords don't like it, simple, get rid of the bad tenants, bring in the good and The Savoy Residents Association will not pursue the licencing.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Pembrook[/bold] wrote: Taking money from landlords is not going to make the area better, it just means landlords have less money to repair the houses. Most landlords run a tight ship as far as business goes & the council employ way too many people who are just a burden on local businesses who ahve to pay for the slackers. Let the council cut the wages bill so we dont have to pay for thair incompetance![/p][/quote]The licencing is to ensure that decent tenants are in the houses not any scum bag who wants to cause problems for others. This is the main reason for the licencing, The Savoy area has seen an increase in crime and steady decline in respectful residents in the last 3 years, anti social behaviour is up as well. The landlords want to bring the house prices down in the area so they buy even cheaper houses. The easiest way is to put scum in the already owned properties to speed up the process, it has been proven in other areas of Darwen that it has happened and is now happening in the Savoy area as well. THE RESIDENTS WILL NOT STAND FOR IT. If the landlords don't like it, simple, get rid of the bad tenants, bring in the good and The Savoy Residents Association will not pursue the licencing. Darreners make sense

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