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BID’s £60k to improve Blackburn town centre

Lancashire Telegraph: BID’s £60k to improve Blackburn town centre BID’s £60k to improve Blackburn town centre

EFFORTS are being made to make Blackburn town centre a safer and more attractive place to visit.

Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID) has been working with local police on a Blackburn Businesses Against Crime scheme to reduce issues relating to crime and anti-social behaviour.

The BID will be investing £60,000 per year in the project.

Blackburn BID is a business-led initiative, where local traders form partnerships to implement improvements and better the business environment.

A special ‘BID breakfast’ meeting is being held tomorrow for traders and business managers to discuss how investment by the BID can help revive the town centre.

Participants will be discussing anti-social behaviour, crime, vandalism and security in the town centre, and Ronnie O’Keefe from Blackburn Businesses Against Crime, who works as security manager for The Mall, will give a presentation.

Chairman of the BIackburn BID, Mark Smith, of Exchange Coffee, said: “The BID will invest £60k a year in making our town centre a safer more secure place for people to shop and work.

“A negative perception of safety can deter some visitors from visiting the area and new businesses from locating in the town.”

Blackburn town centre police sergeant Nick Everett said: “The amount of investment from the BID will allow numerous crime and security initiatives to be completed.”

All town centre businesses are welcome to attend the free event at Liz ‘n’ Lil’s on Northgate, from 7.30am with presentations at 8am.

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5:07pm Wed 7 May 14

Larry916 says...

Put the bus station back and lets have an outdoor market where the old market use to be, outdoor stalls just like Bury market will bring in lots of trade.

Just a thought !
Put the bus station back and lets have an outdoor market where the old market use to be, outdoor stalls just like Bury market will bring in lots of trade. Just a thought ! Larry916
  • Score: 68

6:28pm Wed 7 May 14

Bluelizzy says...

and I thought that was what business rates were for.
and I thought that was what business rates were for. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 41

6:34pm Wed 7 May 14

Malthus says...

Larry916 wrote:
Put the bus station back and lets have an outdoor market where the old market use to be, outdoor stalls just like Bury market will bring in lots of trade.

Just a thought !
Could not have put it better. Sadly though, I think it is the church who are responsible for destroying the boulevard, however, there will never, ever be a regeneration of the market hall due to council mismanagement. Let's face it, Blackburn Town Centre has been destroyed beyond repair. This is a prime example of the truth in a saying such as, "if it is not broken, don't mend it". In my opinion Blackburn Town Centre as a valid economic venture is now never going to happen again, it is far too fragmented.
[quote][p][bold]Larry916[/bold] wrote: Put the bus station back and lets have an outdoor market where the old market use to be, outdoor stalls just like Bury market will bring in lots of trade. Just a thought ![/p][/quote]Could not have put it better. Sadly though, I think it is the church who are responsible for destroying the boulevard, however, there will never, ever be a regeneration of the market hall due to council mismanagement. Let's face it, Blackburn Town Centre has been destroyed beyond repair. This is a prime example of the truth in a saying such as, "if it is not broken, don't mend it". In my opinion Blackburn Town Centre as a valid economic venture is now never going to happen again, it is far too fragmented. Malthus
  • Score: 43

6:45pm Wed 7 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Think you've got it sussed!! take you'll be voting the Clownsil back in again
NOT !!
Think you've got it sussed!! take you'll be voting the Clownsil back in again NOT !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 32

7:30pm Wed 7 May 14

Copperhead says...

£60k or £60 million.
Neither would work because you can't polish a turd.
Blackburn was destroyed 50yrs ago when they ripped the old town down and built the crap that has just been demolished.
If they'd left it alone, we would have a historic market, town centre, buildings, lovely streets, pubs, shops and a working road-rail interchange.
Trouble is, the Town Hall Tw*ts can't leave anything alone because they have to instigate change whether it's wanted/needed or not because they have to do something to justify their bloated salaries, expenses and pensions.
Someone once asked me what I thought of Blackburn.
I replied that I would let them know when it was finished.
£60k or £60 million. Neither would work because you can't polish a turd. Blackburn was destroyed 50yrs ago when they ripped the old town down and built the crap that has just been demolished. If they'd left it alone, we would have a historic market, town centre, buildings, lovely streets, pubs, shops and a working road-rail interchange. Trouble is, the Town Hall Tw*ts can't leave anything alone because they have to instigate change whether it's wanted/needed or not because they have to do something to justify their bloated salaries, expenses and pensions. Someone once asked me what I thought of Blackburn. I replied that I would let them know when it was finished. Copperhead
  • Score: 55

8:18pm Wed 7 May 14

mmickk says...

£60K!!!!! By the time the clowns have taken out their expenses there is nothing left. They may as well just split it and have done with it!
£60K!!!!! By the time the clowns have taken out their expenses there is nothing left. They may as well just split it and have done with it! mmickk
  • Score: 43

8:43pm Wed 7 May 14

Sue Lee says...

OK. Anyone got anything constructive to contribute?
OK. Anyone got anything constructive to contribute? Sue Lee
  • Score: -35

9:06pm Wed 7 May 14

chammy says...

What a waste of money,why would anyone want to shop here even locals dont like to shop in Blackburn,we once had a great market and a great market hall,now weve got one thing thats not a traditional market or a market hall,No amount of money will make it any better,
What a waste of money,why would anyone want to shop here even locals dont like to shop in Blackburn,we once had a great market and a great market hall,now weve got one thing thats not a traditional market or a market hall,No amount of money will make it any better, chammy
  • Score: 35

9:21pm Wed 7 May 14

abetterblackburn says...

Sue Lee wrote:
OK. Anyone got anything constructive to contribute?
Is the present council going to be voted in again the next time around?

Will nineteen years safe seat Kate Hollern take over from thirty odd years safe seat Jack Straw?

The present New Labour leaders have destroyed Blackburn purely because of Blackburn’s biased safe seat voting tendencies.

Sorry, but those are the reasons why there’s no point in contributing!
[quote][p][bold]Sue Lee[/bold] wrote: OK. Anyone got anything constructive to contribute?[/p][/quote]Is the present council going to be voted in again the next time around? Will nineteen years safe seat Kate Hollern take over from thirty odd years safe seat Jack Straw? The present New Labour leaders have destroyed Blackburn purely because of Blackburn’s biased safe seat voting tendencies. Sorry, but those are the reasons why there’s no point in contributing! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 11

9:55pm Wed 7 May 14

Rumpole says...

Larry916 wrote:
Put the bus station back and lets have an outdoor market where the old market use to be, outdoor stalls just like Bury market will bring in lots of trade.

Just a thought !
I agree with you except I would leave the bus station where it is. Off the bus, straight onto the market, perfect!
[quote][p][bold]Larry916[/bold] wrote: Put the bus station back and lets have an outdoor market where the old market use to be, outdoor stalls just like Bury market will bring in lots of trade. Just a thought ![/p][/quote]I agree with you except I would leave the bus station where it is. Off the bus, straight onto the market, perfect! Rumpole
  • Score: 26

10:19pm Wed 7 May 14

dinger123 says...

A big open market from town hall through to near mcdonalds, at Christmas german market and buskers.
Also opening of more wine bars and pubs in the town, the college is getting bigger and theres no nightlife for students, look at Manchester,Preston, Lancaster even Darwen now it can work.
Free rates to shops near the library to get buisneses going again.
Im not racist but look around the centre muslims are buying all of the old pubs and leaving them empty or not doing anything with them for years or opening mosques and Islamic educational centres no wonder nightlife doesn't exist!
A big open market from town hall through to near mcdonalds, at Christmas german market and buskers. Also opening of more wine bars and pubs in the town, the college is getting bigger and theres no nightlife for students, look at Manchester,Preston, Lancaster even Darwen now it can work. Free rates to shops near the library to get buisneses going again. Im not racist but look around the centre muslims are buying all of the old pubs and leaving them empty or not doing anything with them for years or opening mosques and Islamic educational centres no wonder nightlife doesn't exist! dinger123
  • Score: 37

10:26pm Wed 7 May 14

zabby says...

It's society that needs sorting,a few quid thrown at these sort of problems will achive nothing long term
It's society that needs sorting,a few quid thrown at these sort of problems will achive nothing long term zabby
  • Score: 29

11:23pm Wed 7 May 14

shirtbox says...

So sad to see this once proud lovely town where our family were born and brought up ruined by Mottershead &Eddie and co back in the 60s-70s,after c&a,the co-op and woolworths not to mention wine lodge and other great pubs all closed that was the end of Blackburn.Now we have a Clown Hall full of brainless zombies and benefit cheat as mayor.lol.
So sad to see this once proud lovely town where our family were born and brought up ruined by Mottershead &Eddie and co back in the 60s-70s,after c&a,the co-op and woolworths not to mention wine lodge and other great pubs all closed that was the end of Blackburn.Now we have a Clown Hall full of brainless zombies and benefit cheat as mayor.lol. shirtbox
  • Score: 38

11:42pm Wed 7 May 14

noddy57 says...

Too little to late, maybe if we had left the true character of the old cotton town as it was when we attracted many out of town folk on a Saturday in particular to its shopping facilities but it had much more than just good shops it had atmosphere and a warmth that is just not there any more,
Too little to late, maybe if we had left the true character of the old cotton town as it was when we attracted many out of town folk on a Saturday in particular to its shopping facilities but it had much more than just good shops it had atmosphere and a warmth that is just not there any more, noddy57
  • Score: 26

6:54am Thu 8 May 14

wilddog says...

Y only had to look at Accrington when they ripped the heart out of it years ago when they demolished the outdoor market! Now we have a pathetic but around the indoor market where a lot of traders now dont bother. Its mainly used to host flea market days now. Where they knocked down the old market is a waste of space also with the main shop formerly JJB still remains closed. Would have thought Blackburn would have had a good look round before making a rash decision. Brown envelopes perhaps?
Y only had to look at Accrington when they ripped the heart out of it years ago when they demolished the outdoor market! Now we have a pathetic but around the indoor market where a lot of traders now dont bother. Its mainly used to host flea market days now. Where they knocked down the old market is a waste of space also with the main shop formerly JJB still remains closed. Would have thought Blackburn would have had a good look round before making a rash decision. Brown envelopes perhaps? wilddog
  • Score: 25

7:27am Thu 8 May 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

I'm confused. Aren't the police supposed to be doing this anyway?
I'm confused. Aren't the police supposed to be doing this anyway? BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 29

9:33am Thu 8 May 14

Joseph O'M says...

Copperhead wrote:
£60k or £60 million.
Neither would work because you can't polish a turd.
Blackburn was destroyed 50yrs ago when they ripped the old town down and built the crap that has just been demolished.
If they'd left it alone, we would have a historic market, town centre, buildings, lovely streets, pubs, shops and a working road-rail interchange.
Trouble is, the Town Hall Tw*ts can't leave anything alone because they have to instigate change whether it's wanted/needed or not because they have to do something to justify their bloated salaries, expenses and pensions.
Someone once asked me what I thought of Blackburn.
I replied that I would let them know when it was finished.
That is probably one of the best descriptions of the state of Blackburn and its history I've ever read. I only wish it wasn't true....
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: £60k or £60 million. Neither would work because you can't polish a turd. Blackburn was destroyed 50yrs ago when they ripped the old town down and built the crap that has just been demolished. If they'd left it alone, we would have a historic market, town centre, buildings, lovely streets, pubs, shops and a working road-rail interchange. Trouble is, the Town Hall Tw*ts can't leave anything alone because they have to instigate change whether it's wanted/needed or not because they have to do something to justify their bloated salaries, expenses and pensions. Someone once asked me what I thought of Blackburn. I replied that I would let them know when it was finished.[/p][/quote]That is probably one of the best descriptions of the state of Blackburn and its history I've ever read. I only wish it wasn't true.... Joseph O'M
  • Score: 24

9:36am Thu 8 May 14

Joseph O'M says...

On the positive side, this is only a proportion of the money that independent businesses are paying to the Blackburn BID. There are a multitude of aspects to it, and at least businesses are being proactive and trying to get something done. The BID is nothing to do with the Council and they won't be holding the purse strings...
On the positive side, this is only a proportion of the money that independent businesses are paying to the Blackburn BID. There are a multitude of aspects to it, and at least businesses are being proactive and trying to get something done. The BID is nothing to do with the Council and they won't be holding the purse strings... Joseph O'M
  • Score: 21

10:56am Thu 8 May 14

DaveBurnley says...

I used to enjoy coming to Blackburn for the shops. Unfortunately the parking is a lot worse than it used to be, my wife is disabled and can't walk very well so we have to go elsewhere nowadays.
I used to enjoy coming to Blackburn for the shops. Unfortunately the parking is a lot worse than it used to be, my wife is disabled and can't walk very well so we have to go elsewhere nowadays. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 24

12:43pm Thu 8 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Joseph O'M wrote:
Copperhead wrote:
£60k or £60 million.
Neither would work because you can't polish a turd.
Blackburn was destroyed 50yrs ago when they ripped the old town down and built the crap that has just been demolished.
If they'd left it alone, we would have a historic market, town centre, buildings, lovely streets, pubs, shops and a working road-rail interchange.
Trouble is, the Town Hall Tw*ts can't leave anything alone because they have to instigate change whether it's wanted/needed or not because they have to do something to justify their bloated salaries, expenses and pensions.
Someone once asked me what I thought of Blackburn.
I replied that I would let them know when it was finished.
That is probably one of the best descriptions of the state of Blackburn and its history I've ever read. I only wish it wasn't true....
EVEN BETTER THOUGHT PUT THE CASH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD AND LET IT BLOW AWAY !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Joseph O'M[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: £60k or £60 million. Neither would work because you can't polish a turd. Blackburn was destroyed 50yrs ago when they ripped the old town down and built the crap that has just been demolished. If they'd left it alone, we would have a historic market, town centre, buildings, lovely streets, pubs, shops and a working road-rail interchange. Trouble is, the Town Hall Tw*ts can't leave anything alone because they have to instigate change whether it's wanted/needed or not because they have to do something to justify their bloated salaries, expenses and pensions. Someone once asked me what I thought of Blackburn. I replied that I would let them know when it was finished.[/p][/quote]That is probably one of the best descriptions of the state of Blackburn and its history I've ever read. I only wish it wasn't true....[/p][/quote]EVEN BETTER THOUGHT PUT THE CASH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD AND LET IT BLOW AWAY !!!!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 24

4:29pm Thu 8 May 14

boynesider says...

the town is a scruffy,litter strewn hovel.the police are already paid to make sure it is a safe place to be,irony...parking is an extra tax on shopping.and what moron decided to move the bus station?
the town is a scruffy,litter strewn hovel.the police are already paid to make sure it is a safe place to be,irony...parking is an extra tax on shopping.and what moron decided to move the bus station? boynesider
  • Score: 19

8:30pm Thu 8 May 14

CorkyMac says...

The people have the power! Get rid of these labour clowns In the town hall In the next local elections and stop Labour at the next General Election before It's too late. If they get In at the next election It could be too late for Blackburn to recover. What a bloody shambles this town has become with Labour, they have ruined everything about It. Blackburn used to be a place to be proud of, now It's sinking fast and becoming like a slum. If UKIP place a candidate next time around, get off your backsides and vote, time for change, time for people to say enough Is enough, we want our town back.
The people have the power! Get rid of these labour clowns In the town hall In the next local elections and stop Labour at the next General Election before It's too late. If they get In at the next election It could be too late for Blackburn to recover. What a bloody shambles this town has become with Labour, they have ruined everything about It. Blackburn used to be a place to be proud of, now It's sinking fast and becoming like a slum. If UKIP place a candidate next time around, get off your backsides and vote, time for change, time for people to say enough Is enough, we want our town back. CorkyMac
  • Score: 15

8:20pm Fri 9 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
Sue Lee wrote:
OK. Anyone got anything constructive to contribute?
Is the present council going to be voted in again the next time around?

Will nineteen years safe seat Kate Hollern take over from thirty odd years safe seat Jack Straw?

The present New Labour leaders have destroyed Blackburn purely because of Blackburn’s biased safe seat voting tendencies.

Sorry, but those are the reasons why there’s no point in contributing!
Didn't know it was an EXAM !!!!
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sue Lee[/bold] wrote: OK. Anyone got anything constructive to contribute?[/p][/quote]Is the present council going to be voted in again the next time around? Will nineteen years safe seat Kate Hollern take over from thirty odd years safe seat Jack Straw? The present New Labour leaders have destroyed Blackburn purely because of Blackburn’s biased safe seat voting tendencies. Sorry, but those are the reasons why there’s no point in contributing![/p][/quote]Didn't know it was an EXAM !!!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 8

6:52pm Sun 11 May 14

abetterblackburn says...

Wouldn’t have been a very hard exam: ConcernedOssy . . .

Yes, the present council is going to be voted in again the next time around.

Yes, nineteen years safe seat Kate Hollern will take over from thirty odd years safe seat Jack Straw.

A bit depressing for Blackburn don’t you think!
Wouldn’t have been a very hard exam: ConcernedOssy . . . Yes, the present council is going to be voted in again the next time around. Yes, nineteen years safe seat Kate Hollern will take over from thirty odd years safe seat Jack Straw. A bit depressing for Blackburn don’t you think! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 4

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