Rawtenstall town centre plans set to be unveiled

Rawtenstall town centre plans set to be unveiled

Rawtenstall town centre plans set to be unveiled

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PLANS outlining the future of Rawtenstall town centre will be unveiled by architects next weekend.

Developers and councillors will meet residents, business owners and traders to discuss their vision for the former Valley Centre site on Friday and Saturday.

A £2.5m public square was opened off Bank Street in October 2012, but now those in charge of the town centre want the public’s views on the ‘masterplan’ which has been drawn up to take the scheme forward.

Last November, the Rossendale Together Barnfield (RTB) Partnership - comprising Rossendale Council, Together Housing and Barnfield Investment Properties - appointed Manchester firm Day Architectural Ltd as lead architects to develop design ideas for the project.

Representatives from all organisations will reveal the draft plans at Longholme Methodist Church, in Bacup Road, Rawtenstall, at midday on Friday.

Rossendale Council leader, Councillor Alyson Barnes, said: “I know that many people have been anxious about how the town square will be developed and this is a fantastic opportunity to speak with the architects and discuss ideas.

“This is very much the first stage of consultation and is very much about hearing what people have to say and there will be more consultation to come during this year as the plans become more developed and ideas firmed up.

“It’s really important that we get this right and we’ll spend as much time as needed on the plans to make sure we do.”

The plans will be on display from midday to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm on Friday and from 10am to 7pm on Saturday - a slot extended from its original finishing time of 4pm after Rawtenstall Chamber of Commerce said some sole traders would be unable to attend during the day.

Tim Webber, vice-chairman of the RTB Partnership and managing director of Barnfield Investment Properties, said: “There’s a lot to do this year and the Partnership is fully committed to getting the right development for Rawtenstall.

“There are a number of exciting schemes coming forward as well as the Valley Centre and we'll hopefully be able to release more information very soon.”

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8:46pm Fri 28 Feb 14

fireonthemountain says...

Keep the pubs - open loads of takeaways , bookies , charity shops ,
pound shops and taxi offices .

Must have a Greggs of course - how else can "the great unwashed"
feed their children ?

Knock everything else down and build a cheapo Supermarket or two .

Well it seems to work for everywhere else around here .

Not sure whether I'm being sarcastic or truthful .

How sad .
Keep the pubs - open loads of takeaways , bookies , charity shops , pound shops and taxi offices . Must have a Greggs of course - how else can "the great unwashed" feed their children ? Knock everything else down and build a cheapo Supermarket or two . Well it seems to work for everywhere else around here . Not sure whether I'm being sarcastic or truthful . How sad . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 1

10:22pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Loving lances says...

Rawtenstall needs public toilets tgat are accessible out of shopping hours. Tourists (!) do like to have a cuppa or even a oubt and they need loos.
Rawtenstall needs public toilets tgat are accessible out of shopping hours. Tourists (!) do like to have a cuppa or even a oubt and they need loos. Loving lances
  • Score: 9

11:25pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Helmshore_Blue says...

Wow, more money being spent on Rawtenstall! Now there's a surprise...
Wow, more money being spent on Rawtenstall! Now there's a surprise... Helmshore_Blue
  • Score: 4

12:40am Sat 1 Mar 14

fireonthemountain says...

Interesting - more money being spent on Rawtenstall .

Or should that read more money being spent by what seems to be
an astonishing number of Rawtenstall-Council-
talk-shops-paid-for-
by-the-poor-sufferin
g-tax-payer groups ?

The let's-pretend-we-car
e-as-long-as-we-can-
claim-expenses people .

Ooh , where can we cut services ?

Who needs a Fire Station ?
Too expensive .

Sack all the lollipop ladies , get rid of street cleaning .
Just keep up with our pension contributions .

PATHETIC .

So - here's an idea .

Encourage small businesses to move in .
Genuine small retailers who care .

Book shops , toy shops , sports shops , shoe shops ,
clothes shops , etc , etc , and of course food shops - genuine
delicious pies , butties . Home made quality . Cafes that provide
food to die for !!

Yes , sadly , I am living in fantasy land .

Anyone who did that would be instantly destroyed by a massive
increase in rates , and hounded by elf n' safety .

How sad .
Interesting - more money being spent on Rawtenstall . Or should that read more money being spent by what seems to be an astonishing number of Rawtenstall-Council- talk-shops-paid-for- by-the-poor-sufferin g-tax-payer groups ? The let's-pretend-we-car e-as-long-as-we-can- claim-expenses people . Ooh , where can we cut services ? Who needs a Fire Station ? Too expensive . Sack all the lollipop ladies , get rid of street cleaning . Just keep up with our pension contributions . PATHETIC . So - here's an idea . Encourage small businesses to move in . Genuine small retailers who care . Book shops , toy shops , sports shops , shoe shops , clothes shops , etc , etc , and of course food shops - genuine delicious pies , butties . Home made quality . Cafes that provide food to die for !! Yes , sadly , I am living in fantasy land . Anyone who did that would be instantly destroyed by a massive increase in rates , and hounded by elf n' safety . How sad . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 9

6:11am Sat 1 Mar 14

Loving lances says...

Amusingly, the photo above shows the old Free Press offices before all the local newsppaers in the group were moved to Chadderton. So every time that the local papers come up with campaigns to save our pools, or our markets or our shopping streets, thrb I smile wryly and say bring back our local papers.
Now I see that the LT is rapidly declining wirh a 33.9 per cent loss in sales last year. No wonder. It is complete garbage..
Amusingly, the photo above shows the old Free Press offices before all the local newsppaers in the group were moved to Chadderton. So every time that the local papers come up with campaigns to save our pools, or our markets or our shopping streets, thrb I smile wryly and say bring back our local papers. Now I see that the LT is rapidly declining wirh a 33.9 per cent loss in sales last year. No wonder. It is complete garbage.. Loving lances
  • Score: 5

9:03am Sat 1 Mar 14

pdb951 says...

Get rid of the stupid useless council
Get rid of the stupid useless council pdb951
  • Score: 7

9:15am Sat 1 Mar 14

pdb951 says...

Does Rossendale Borough stretch beyond Rawtenstall?

I fear that the council believe the answer to the above is NO
Does Rossendale Borough stretch beyond Rawtenstall? I fear that the council believe the answer to the above is NO pdb951
  • Score: 6

11:56am Sat 1 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

If it's as good as the fantastic open square thing-will the last person turn out the lights.
Still thousands will vote the councillors back in!
O other
P peoples
M money.
If it's as good as the fantastic open square thing-will the last person turn out the lights. Still thousands will vote the councillors back in! O other P peoples M money. vicn1956
  • Score: 6

2:19pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Loving lances says...

There are too many simpletons on the council -- of all parties and simple folk prepared to vote for then. And the MPs are complete bobeheads.
There are too many simpletons on the council -- of all parties and simple folk prepared to vote for then. And the MPs are complete bobeheads. Loving lances
  • Score: 7

3:27pm Sat 1 Mar 14

pdb951 says...

Stop voting these sh*t heads in
Stop voting these sh*t heads in pdb951
  • Score: 7

9:30pm Sat 1 Mar 14

her from here says...

pdb951 wrote:
Stop voting these sh*t heads in
Then turn up and vote for somebody else, To many people just stay away and that's how they keep getting in . They might behave better if they think they might lose their seats.
[quote][p][bold]pdb951[/bold] wrote: Stop voting these sh*t heads in[/p][/quote]Then turn up and vote for somebody else, To many people just stay away and that's how they keep getting in . They might behave better if they think they might lose their seats. her from here
  • Score: 4

11:03pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Eye On The Valley says...

I wonder how many of those who regularly make barbed comments on the LET pages will actually turn up to the event to have their say. This would be a good time to come out from behind your keyboards and make your feelings known BEFORE decisions are made instead of just complaining about it afterwards.
I wonder how many of those who regularly make barbed comments on the LET pages will actually turn up to the event to have their say. This would be a good time to come out from behind your keyboards and make your feelings known BEFORE decisions are made instead of just complaining about it afterwards. Eye On The Valley
  • Score: 2

8:58am Sun 2 Mar 14

GAC says...

Eye On The Valley wrote:
I wonder how many of those who regularly make barbed comments on the LET pages will actually turn up to the event to have their say. This would be a good time to come out from behind your keyboards and make your feelings known BEFORE decisions are made instead of just complaining about it afterwards.
you mean in the middle of the day friday when a lot of people will be at work, funny how these things always happening mid week.

also yet again barfield are in on the action.
[quote][p][bold]Eye On The Valley[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of those who regularly make barbed comments on the LET pages will actually turn up to the event to have their say. This would be a good time to come out from behind your keyboards and make your feelings known BEFORE decisions are made instead of just complaining about it afterwards.[/p][/quote]you mean in the middle of the day friday when a lot of people will be at work, funny how these things always happening mid week. also yet again barfield are in on the action. GAC
  • Score: 3

10:55am Sun 2 Mar 14

Sogden says...

How's about sort the traffic management out for a start, I avoid rawtenstall like the plague since asda took over the town centre. It takes 10 mins to get about 200metres, no need for lights at asda, no traffic bias so a roundabout would work much better, as would no lights on the roundabout. The valley centre was the biggest waste of money I have seen in a decade, I feel for he business' on what was once a great street for shopping. RBC are just awful, sort out new hall hey, do a CPO on it and let's get some big names on there to get footfall up for the small fellas. It's not rocket science but unfortunately councils and the like are not run by entrepreneurs or business people. They are simply promoted to the high ranks by ticking boxes and speaking da lingo, I bit like most of the people who are in charge of how our council tax is spent. It's about time we had invited directors onto a board at the council and pay them to add some proper business input into how things can be done.
How's about sort the traffic management out for a start, I avoid rawtenstall like the plague since asda took over the town centre. It takes 10 mins to get about 200metres, no need for lights at asda, no traffic bias so a roundabout would work much better, as would no lights on the roundabout. The valley centre was the biggest waste of money I have seen in a decade, I feel for he business' on what was once a great street for shopping. RBC are just awful, sort out new hall hey, do a CPO on it and let's get some big names on there to get footfall up for the small fellas. It's not rocket science but unfortunately councils and the like are not run by entrepreneurs or business people. They are simply promoted to the high ranks by ticking boxes and speaking da lingo, I bit like most of the people who are in charge of how our council tax is spent. It's about time we had invited directors onto a board at the council and pay them to add some proper business input into how things can be done. Sogden
  • Score: 4

2:35pm Sun 2 Mar 14

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

Nice to see my photo has been used, no doubt a large cheque is on its way
Nice to see my photo has been used, no doubt a large cheque is on its way disgusted tunbridge wells
  • Score: 1

3:51pm Sun 2 Mar 14

pdb951 says...

GAC wrote:
Eye On The Valley wrote:
I wonder how many of those who regularly make barbed comments on the LET pages will actually turn up to the event to have their say. This would be a good time to come out from behind your keyboards and make your feelings known BEFORE decisions are made instead of just complaining about it afterwards.
you mean in the middle of the day friday when a lot of people will be at work, funny how these things always happening mid week.

also yet again barfield are in on the action.
Well well well Barnfield Construction. Was any proposed consultation put out to tender. Will other companies be invited to take part in this charade?

I doubt it!

This council should be disbanded.
[quote][p][bold]GAC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eye On The Valley[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of those who regularly make barbed comments on the LET pages will actually turn up to the event to have their say. This would be a good time to come out from behind your keyboards and make your feelings known BEFORE decisions are made instead of just complaining about it afterwards.[/p][/quote]you mean in the middle of the day friday when a lot of people will be at work, funny how these things always happening mid week. also yet again barfield are in on the action.[/p][/quote]Well well well Barnfield Construction. Was any proposed consultation put out to tender. Will other companies be invited to take part in this charade? I doubt it! This council should be disbanded. pdb951
  • Score: 4

3:54pm Sun 2 Mar 14

pdb951 says...

Eye On The Valley wrote:
I wonder how many of those who regularly make barbed comments on the LET pages will actually turn up to the event to have their say. This would be a good time to come out from behind your keyboards and make your feelings known BEFORE decisions are made instead of just complaining about it afterwards.
Maybe some people would turn up if they thought there was a remote chance that they would be listened to and their views be acted upon.

We all know the answer to the will they listen and act for us question.

Bit like the hideous wind farms popping up all over the place.
[quote][p][bold]Eye On The Valley[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of those who regularly make barbed comments on the LET pages will actually turn up to the event to have their say. This would be a good time to come out from behind your keyboards and make your feelings known BEFORE decisions are made instead of just complaining about it afterwards.[/p][/quote]Maybe some people would turn up if they thought there was a remote chance that they would be listened to and their views be acted upon. We all know the answer to the will they listen and act for us question. Bit like the hideous wind farms popping up all over the place. pdb951
  • Score: 2

11:45pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Eye On The Valley says...

GAC, I'd always thought that Friday was at the end of the week but perhaps I'm wrong. As the LET article states, there is another opportunity on Saturday - this was originally until 4pm but was extended until 7pm so that people who might be working at other times could attend.

pdb951, Barnfield, Day, and RBC recently held a 3 hour meeting with Rawtenstall Chamber of Commerce to discuss their provisional plans - it was at their request, not the Chamber's request. They seem very receptive and eager to get this right. Please don't pass up this opportunity to voice your opinion for reasons such as "I've heard it all before". The people concerned recognise that this is an important decision that will have to be lived with for a long time.

Whilst there are perhaps too many charity shops on Bank Street, the street is currently fully occupied and there are no vacant units at all. Sogden, Barnfield have recently become the agents for the site at Newhallhey, so there will, hopefully, be no need for a CPO.
GAC, I'd always thought that Friday was at the end of the week but perhaps I'm wrong. As the LET article states, there is another opportunity on Saturday - this was originally until 4pm but was extended until 7pm so that people who might be working at other times could attend. pdb951, Barnfield, Day, and RBC recently held a 3 hour meeting with Rawtenstall Chamber of Commerce to discuss their provisional plans - it was at their request, not the Chamber's request. They seem very receptive and eager to get this right. Please don't pass up this opportunity to voice your opinion for reasons such as "I've heard it all before". The people concerned recognise that this is an important decision that will have to be lived with for a long time. Whilst there are perhaps too many charity shops on Bank Street, the street is currently fully occupied and there are no vacant units at all. Sogden, Barnfield have recently become the agents for the site at Newhallhey, so there will, hopefully, be no need for a CPO. Eye On The Valley
  • Score: 0

10:01am Tue 4 Mar 14

GAC says...

friday is the end of the week true but some people do work weekends as well.

but in this day and age why they dont get it all online with a way for people to post suggestions or comment on it i dont know.
friday is the end of the week true but some people do work weekends as well. but in this day and age why they dont get it all online with a way for people to post suggestions or comment on it i dont know. GAC
  • Score: 0

9:09pm Thu 6 Mar 14

NatS-J says...

There will be a website to view the documents and an email address to send your comments, up until the end of March 2014, for this part if the works. All the comments and questions will be reviewed throughout April and answers will be collated and posted online for all to view.

The consultation days this weekend are part of a series of events that have already taken place with councillors and chamber of commerce. We have 2 local schools joining us on Friday to have their say on what the vision and masterplan should look like from a young persons perspective. We have extended the consultation times on Saturday evening till 7.00pm to accommodate those who work on both Friday and Saturday.

Additional events will be held throughout the process to ensure the team have the opportunity to meet local people and capture their thoughts.

Come and see us and have a chat, we look forward to seeing lots of people over the 2 days.
There will be a website to view the documents and an email address to send your comments, up until the end of March 2014, for this part if the works. All the comments and questions will be reviewed throughout April and answers will be collated and posted online for all to view. The consultation days this weekend are part of a series of events that have already taken place with councillors and chamber of commerce. We have 2 local schools joining us on Friday to have their say on what the vision and masterplan should look like from a young persons perspective. We have extended the consultation times on Saturday evening till 7.00pm to accommodate those who work on both Friday and Saturday. Additional events will be held throughout the process to ensure the team have the opportunity to meet local people and capture their thoughts. Come and see us and have a chat, we look forward to seeing lots of people over the 2 days. NatS-J
  • Score: 2

11:11pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Eye On The Valley says...

Here's the link to the website but it's not gone live yet.

http://www.spinningp
oint.com/
Here's the link to the website but it's not gone live yet. http://www.spinningp oint.com/ Eye On The Valley
  • Score: 1

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