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Problems at former Darwen club

Lancashire Telegraph: Problems at former Darwen club Problems at former Darwen club

NEIGHBOURHOOD police in the Marsh House area have received complaints about anti-social behaviour, damage and litter around the former Highfield Working Men’s Club in Ratcliffe Street, Darwen.

The club, which closed in 2012, was badly damaged after part of it was set on fire by arsonists last May.

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8:12pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Angusam says...

It is terrible what has happened to this area after the club was left empty.

Once this was a thriving hub to socialise and we had very few problems in the area.

However, the old club has been left to rott by its current three local owners of Perry Street who have owned the site for nearly 2 years and clearly have no plans to put this building back into use.

It has become a magnet for vermon and anti social behaviour. The people who live around here have had to put up with all sorts and are absolutely fed up to the back teeth with all the hassle and problems that this derelict building attracts. Not to mention the Eye sore that this building has become to the area in general.

Its about time that this building is either demolished or put back into use and very soon I feel that the current owners who have just left this site to rott will face mounting preassure from the local resisdence to do something about the state of this site.
It is terrible what has happened to this area after the club was left empty. Once this was a thriving hub to socialise and we had very few problems in the area. However, the old club has been left to rott by its current three local owners of Perry Street who have owned the site for nearly 2 years and clearly have no plans to put this building back into use. It has become a magnet for vermon and anti social behaviour. The people who live around here have had to put up with all sorts and are absolutely fed up to the back teeth with all the hassle and problems that this derelict building attracts. Not to mention the Eye sore that this building has become to the area in general. Its about time that this building is either demolished or put back into use and very soon I feel that the current owners who have just left this site to rott will face mounting preassure from the local resisdence to do something about the state of this site. Angusam
  • Score: 12

11:27pm Thu 10 Apr 14

fireonthemountain says...

Angusam - I agree with every single word you say .

I do live round here .

Now , most of which I am about to post , I have said before .
Nevertheless I will do so again , and add further .

These are my opinions only .

I genuinely welcome all replies . From everyone .

1 - This building , which as you correctly say , was a major part of the community , somewhere for a quiet , relaxing pint (or two!) within easy walking distance . A place which had a lot of top acts . Was that the place
that a lot of "Vox Pop" was filmed ? - I am unsure of my facts .

2 - Now it is a breeding ground for vermin . Of the human variety .
Lily Street - contains uncontrolable , feral children . Edmond Street has
a teenager who we would all like to see in prison .

3 - Under no circumstances am I blaming the Police . My car had £1,500
worth of damage done to it , for no reason nor motive . I'm not on my own .
What can The Police do ? No witnesses . No proof .

4 - The Club will be burned again . Long hot summer coming up .
Bored kids will light it again . Guaranteed .
Same will happen on the house on the top of Lily Street .
Same will happen on the house at the bottom of Philip Street .

5 - Where are The Council on this ? That's an easy one ,
nowhere - too busy having meetings on expenses , discussing how
to increase their wages and pensions . And of course a new computer system and introducing a bus lane .

How sad .
Angusam - I agree with every single word you say . I do live round here . Now , most of which I am about to post , I have said before . Nevertheless I will do so again , and add further . These are my opinions only . I genuinely welcome all replies . From everyone . 1 - This building , which as you correctly say , was a major part of the community , somewhere for a quiet , relaxing pint (or two!) within easy walking distance . A place which had a lot of top acts . Was that the place that a lot of "Vox Pop" was filmed ? - I am unsure of my facts . 2 - Now it is a breeding ground for vermin . Of the human variety . Lily Street - contains uncontrolable , feral children . Edmond Street has a teenager who we would all like to see in prison . 3 - Under no circumstances am I blaming the Police . My car had £1,500 worth of damage done to it , for no reason nor motive . I'm not on my own . What can The Police do ? No witnesses . No proof . 4 - The Club will be burned again . Long hot summer coming up . Bored kids will light it again . Guaranteed . Same will happen on the house on the top of Lily Street . Same will happen on the house at the bottom of Philip Street . 5 - Where are The Council on this ? That's an easy one , nowhere - too busy having meetings on expenses , discussing how to increase their wages and pensions . And of course a new computer system and introducing a bus lane . How sad . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 14

11:31am Thu 17 Apr 14

We'll win the next one says...

Plans are being drawn up and money saved to turn this into an Islamic education centre, which will include a Mosque, this will help to accommodate the growing need for such facilities in Darwen.
Plans are being drawn up and money saved to turn this into an Islamic education centre, which will include a Mosque, this will help to accommodate the growing need for such facilities in Darwen. We'll win the next one
  • Score: -4

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