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Put money into Darwen market, urges MP

Lancashire Telegraph: Darwen Market needs more investment Darwen Market needs more investment

DARWEN’S MP has called on the borough council to invest more heavily in the town’s markets.

Jake Berry said the recently announced investment in the market annex was ‘not good enough’.

He also claimed the council had ‘run Blackburn into the ground’ and said Darwen was a far better place to shop.

Last month, the council announced work, expected to start in the summer, that will include new lighting, a replacement floor, redecoration of the building, refurbishment of the preparation rooms and the creation of a new store room.

There will also be further space created in the annexe area.

Mr Berry said: “Blackburn town centre has been run into the ground by the Labour Party over the last 25 years.

“Its vacant shops and takeaways are best viewed in the rear view mirror on your way to Darwen to shop in our vibrant, historic market town.

“Our market needs investment, and a quick lick of paint and a tart-up of the annex is not good enough.

“I have been calling on the council for a major redevelopment which, while protecting every part of the market, should include basic things like stopping the roof leaking, better heating and the provision of free wireless internet to use at the cafes and stalls.

“Labour has spent £30million on Blackburn while ignoring Darwen.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Kate Hollern said she was stunned by Mr Berry’s comments.

She said: “In recent years, Labour has spent more than £30m in Darwen including the new leisure centre, new homes and the new health centre.

“This investment has enhanced Darwen and secured its standing as a vibrant historic market town.

“Darwen has a busy thriving market made popular by the hard-working traders “I would want to know what Jake means by major redevelopment. Does that mean he is calling for the end of the three-day market?

“Given that this council has lost £98 million in Government cuts, is he expecting traders to pay for this redevelopment with higher rents?

“It looks like pre-election panic. He has let the people of Darwen down by supporting cuts in the North and investment in the South.

“Our analysis shows that Darwen gets more than its pro-rata share based on population.”

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11:55am Wed 14 May 14

We'll win the next one says...

The original point of " Jake Berry said the recently announced investment in the market annex was ‘not good enough and DARWEN’S MP has called on the borough council to invest more heavily in the town’s markets”. Shouldn't be compared to an Investment in a long overdue new Health Centre or redeveloping a very outdated Leisure facility. The fact remains the Markets are in need of some work, whether that is feasible in the current climate is for those in the know to debate. .
The original point of " Jake Berry said the recently announced investment in the market annex was ‘not good enough and DARWEN’S MP has called on the borough council to invest more heavily in the town’s markets”. Shouldn't be compared to an Investment in a long overdue new Health Centre or redeveloping a very outdated Leisure facility. The fact remains the Markets are in need of some work, whether that is feasible in the current climate is for those in the know to debate. . We'll win the next one
  • Score: 19

12:44pm Wed 14 May 14

georgieRTID says...

Hes right. Itss a scandal what weve been left with we should have more than that when you look at what Blackburn market has had done to it. Kate holern doesn't care about Darwen she never has..
Hes right. Itss a scandal what weve been left with we should have more than that when you look at what Blackburn market has had done to it. Kate holern doesn't care about Darwen she never has.. georgieRTID
  • Score: 21

1:34pm Wed 14 May 14

Bat E Karen says...

I remember my family hated the 3 day market's new building when it was finished, and I don't know of anyone who likes the look of it now.

At this time when more and more people are looking to shop local, they should invest in a new, much more attractive and comfortable one. I'm sure more people would shop there.
I remember my family hated the 3 day market's new building when it was finished, and I don't know of anyone who likes the look of it now. At this time when more and more people are looking to shop local, they should invest in a new, much more attractive and comfortable one. I'm sure more people would shop there. Bat E Karen
  • Score: 19

3:38pm Wed 14 May 14

Corsetmaker says...

Ive long said that Darwen needs something... it could be a massive draw, if the right money was spent in the right places. The 3 day Market/Annexe is a prime example of a complete eyesore of a hideous 70's concrete jungle of a thing. Darwen could quite easily cash in and draw in ramblers/walkers to the tower etc with a few well placed small shops selling walkers maps/sticks etc... I saw a fabulous idea in Manchester the other week, just off the Arndale is the market and ther eis a section completely dedicated to cafe's - not just greasy joes bacon butties, but each shop sells a different 'world' cuisine from Turkish, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Chinese... the lot, with lots of chairs in the middle. Darwen Annex could easily adopt similar. Blackburn has nothing like it, it could be Darwen Annex's USP... the 3 day (why 3 day? pointless and outdated) how about a rejig of stalls and make that Darwen Craft Markets? selling nothing but craft supplies, and local crafters work? i.e. clothes, bags, paintings, pots - again Blackburn has nothing like it, another Darwen USP. dont try to make darwen a small carbon copy of everywhere else, with the same boring shops, to try and compete with the big guns, make it unique, make Darwen sell itself - Heck come on Jake, im doing your job FOR YOU here!!!
Ive long said that Darwen needs something... it could be a massive draw, if the right money was spent in the right places. The 3 day Market/Annexe is a prime example of a complete eyesore of a hideous 70's concrete jungle of a thing. Darwen could quite easily cash in and draw in ramblers/walkers to the tower etc with a few well placed small shops selling walkers maps/sticks etc... I saw a fabulous idea in Manchester the other week, just off the Arndale is the market and ther eis a section completely dedicated to cafe's - not just greasy joes bacon butties, but each shop sells a different 'world' cuisine from Turkish, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Chinese... the lot, with lots of chairs in the middle. Darwen Annex could easily adopt similar. Blackburn has nothing like it, it could be Darwen Annex's USP... the 3 day (why 3 day? pointless and outdated) how about a rejig of stalls and make that Darwen Craft Markets? selling nothing but craft supplies, and local crafters work? i.e. clothes, bags, paintings, pots - again Blackburn has nothing like it, another Darwen USP. dont try to make darwen a small carbon copy of everywhere else, with the same boring shops, to try and compete with the big guns, make it unique, make Darwen sell itself - Heck come on Jake, im doing your job FOR YOU here!!! Corsetmaker
  • Score: 9

5:09pm Wed 14 May 14

Viv says...

Is this the same Jake Berry who told someone at an event last week that he thought Darwen Market should be pulled down and a new supermarket built in its place??

My guess it is - I'm sure he's not averse to saying one thing in private and another in public if it helps make him look good.
Is this the same Jake Berry who told someone at an event last week that he thought Darwen Market should be pulled down and a new supermarket built in its place?? My guess it is - I'm sure he's not averse to saying one thing in private and another in public if it helps make him look good. Viv
  • Score: 2

6:01pm Wed 14 May 14

Progressive Penguin says...

Ah Jake Berry - never one to let facts or his previous comments get in the way of a good promo piece in the Telegraph.

Viv is correct - he said he wanted the Market demolished and a big name retailer to take the space - therefore taking trade away from the wonderful independants we have that make Darwen a great place to shop local
Ah Jake Berry - never one to let facts or his previous comments get in the way of a good promo piece in the Telegraph. Viv is correct - he said he wanted the Market demolished and a big name retailer to take the space - therefore taking trade away from the wonderful independants we have that make Darwen a great place to shop local Progressive Penguin
  • Score: 2

6:14pm Wed 14 May 14

CorkyMac says...

Blessing in disguise If you ask me regarding Labour not putting as much effort Into Darwen as the have done Blackburn, look what they have done to that town! Darwen, unfortunately have always been the poor relation when It comes to spending under these Labour clowns at Blackburn and for Hollern to mention a new leisure centre when Blackburn had Waves and now a new one being built or In the plans astounds me. The old Darwen leisure centre was as old as the hills, the Health Centre Is no different to the Health Centre that has been built In Blackburn, and as for new homes, well this Is Blackburn's next Labour candidate, thank God she's not standing for Darwen.
Jake Berry mentions the Markets Kate, hello! After the millions being spent on Blackburn with the new shopping centre, Cathedral quarters, Bus Station, Rail Station and a complete waste of space road system, you have the cheek to criticize Jake Berry saying It's panic to get votes, well If I was you I'd concentrate on getting yourself voted In first, because like I've said before, people need to get out and vote UKIP next time around before you run Blackburn Into the ground, and that's after all the millions spent. As for the local elections, Darwen people need to vote for any party apart from Labour, as sure enough, look what they have done so far regarding Darwen, not much, but like I said that could be a blessing In disguise given the mess they have made of Blackburn.
Blessing in disguise If you ask me regarding Labour not putting as much effort Into Darwen as the have done Blackburn, look what they have done to that town! Darwen, unfortunately have always been the poor relation when It comes to spending under these Labour clowns at Blackburn and for Hollern to mention a new leisure centre when Blackburn had Waves and now a new one being built or In the plans astounds me. The old Darwen leisure centre was as old as the hills, the Health Centre Is no different to the Health Centre that has been built In Blackburn, and as for new homes, well this Is Blackburn's next Labour candidate, thank God she's not standing for Darwen. Jake Berry mentions the Markets Kate, hello! After the millions being spent on Blackburn with the new shopping centre, Cathedral quarters, Bus Station, Rail Station and a complete waste of space road system, you have the cheek to criticize Jake Berry saying It's panic to get votes, well If I was you I'd concentrate on getting yourself voted In first, because like I've said before, people need to get out and vote UKIP next time around before you run Blackburn Into the ground, and that's after all the millions spent. As for the local elections, Darwen people need to vote for any party apart from Labour, as sure enough, look what they have done so far regarding Darwen, not much, but like I said that could be a blessing In disguise given the mess they have made of Blackburn. CorkyMac
  • Score: 12

11:08pm Wed 14 May 14

CapitaBackHander says...

Oh Jake Berry.... Oh it must be election time as that is the last time I heard him mention Darwen. Mind you it's a town that has many naïve folk - Town Council voters.
Oh Jake Berry.... Oh it must be election time as that is the last time I heard him mention Darwen. Mind you it's a town that has many naïve folk - Town Council voters. CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 0

11:21pm Wed 14 May 14

fireonthemountain says...

Well - good comments as always .

May I be permitted to give some facts / opinions ?

1 - To my absolute certain knowledge , women / girls do not go
out in Blackburn any more at the weekend . They regard it as a dangerous place to be . Whereas in Darwen , there are nice pubs , good food is available and they feel safe . I repeat , I know what I am talking about .

2 - If you are a driver (and I am a professional driver) , Blackburn is a nightmare , both to drive around and to park . Even the "newer" bits are atrocious . I refer specifically to Asda , B+Q , and The Station car park at the back of the cinema . And whoever designed that roundabout near the Fire Station should be sacked . No compensation , no pension . Sacked .

3 - Let me now turn to politics . What follows is in my humble opinion only . KH has no interest in Darwen whatsoever - and I echo Corky Mac's comment . There is an element in Blackburn that would vote Liebour even if they guaranteed to torture and murder everyone who voted for them .

4 - the thought of Jack Straw's son (was he not cautioned for dr*g dealing?- not sure of my facts) becoming the MP for Darwen fills me with horror . Jake Berry has genuinely supported this town .
Well - good comments as always . May I be permitted to give some facts / opinions ? 1 - To my absolute certain knowledge , women / girls do not go out in Blackburn any more at the weekend . They regard it as a dangerous place to be . Whereas in Darwen , there are nice pubs , good food is available and they feel safe . I repeat , I know what I am talking about . 2 - If you are a driver (and I am a professional driver) , Blackburn is a nightmare , both to drive around and to park . Even the "newer" bits are atrocious . I refer specifically to Asda , B+Q , and The Station car park at the back of the cinema . And whoever designed that roundabout near the Fire Station should be sacked . No compensation , no pension . Sacked . 3 - Let me now turn to politics . What follows is in my humble opinion only . KH has no interest in Darwen whatsoever - and I echo Corky Mac's comment . There is an element in Blackburn that would vote Liebour even if they guaranteed to torture and murder everyone who voted for them . 4 - the thought of Jack Straw's son (was he not cautioned for dr*g dealing?- not sure of my facts) becoming the MP for Darwen fills me with horror . Jake Berry has genuinely supported this town . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 5

11:36pm Wed 14 May 14

darwenTower says...

Gilly's do the best butties in Darwen, and I can't fault the adjacent veg stall.

Not that that alone makes the market viable, just sayin....
Gilly's do the best butties in Darwen, and I can't fault the adjacent veg stall. Not that that alone makes the market viable, just sayin.... darwenTower
  • Score: 8

1:39am Thu 15 May 14

english rose 1 says...

CorkyMac wrote:
Blessing in disguise If you ask me regarding Labour not putting as much effort Into Darwen as the have done Blackburn, look what they have done to that town! Darwen, unfortunately have always been the poor relation when It comes to spending under these Labour clowns at Blackburn and for Hollern to mention a new leisure centre when Blackburn had Waves and now a new one being built or In the plans astounds me. The old Darwen leisure centre was as old as the hills, the Health Centre Is no different to the Health Centre that has been built In Blackburn, and as for new homes, well this Is Blackburn's next Labour candidate, thank God she's not standing for Darwen.
Jake Berry mentions the Markets Kate, hello! After the millions being spent on Blackburn with the new shopping centre, Cathedral quarters, Bus Station, Rail Station and a complete waste of space road system, you have the cheek to criticize Jake Berry saying It's panic to get votes, well If I was you I'd concentrate on getting yourself voted In first, because like I've said before, people need to get out and vote UKIP next time around before you run Blackburn Into the ground, and that's after all the millions spent. As for the local elections, Darwen people need to vote for any party apart from Labour, as sure enough, look what they have done so far regarding Darwen, not much, but like I said that could be a blessing In disguise given the mess they have made of Blackburn.
How on earth will UKIP help build a new Darwen Market ????? They have absolutely NO policies apart from wanting a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU and wanting pubs to close at 11pm. (their former policies now disowned by Farage, would have meant further, huge cuts to Councils budgets, meaning no dosh at all to do anything except the bare minimum).
[quote][p][bold]CorkyMac[/bold] wrote: Blessing in disguise If you ask me regarding Labour not putting as much effort Into Darwen as the have done Blackburn, look what they have done to that town! Darwen, unfortunately have always been the poor relation when It comes to spending under these Labour clowns at Blackburn and for Hollern to mention a new leisure centre when Blackburn had Waves and now a new one being built or In the plans astounds me. The old Darwen leisure centre was as old as the hills, the Health Centre Is no different to the Health Centre that has been built In Blackburn, and as for new homes, well this Is Blackburn's next Labour candidate, thank God she's not standing for Darwen. Jake Berry mentions the Markets Kate, hello! After the millions being spent on Blackburn with the new shopping centre, Cathedral quarters, Bus Station, Rail Station and a complete waste of space road system, you have the cheek to criticize Jake Berry saying It's panic to get votes, well If I was you I'd concentrate on getting yourself voted In first, because like I've said before, people need to get out and vote UKIP next time around before you run Blackburn Into the ground, and that's after all the millions spent. As for the local elections, Darwen people need to vote for any party apart from Labour, as sure enough, look what they have done so far regarding Darwen, not much, but like I said that could be a blessing In disguise given the mess they have made of Blackburn.[/p][/quote]How on earth will UKIP help build a new Darwen Market ????? They have absolutely NO policies apart from wanting a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU and wanting pubs to close at 11pm. (their former policies now disowned by Farage, would have meant further, huge cuts to Councils budgets, meaning no dosh at all to do anything except the bare minimum). english rose 1
  • Score: -4

1:41am Thu 15 May 14

english rose 1 says...

Sorry to UKIP - they do have one other policy - giving asylum to thousands of Syrian refugees.
Sorry to UKIP - they do have one other policy - giving asylum to thousands of Syrian refugees. english rose 1
  • Score: -7

2:36pm Thu 15 May 14

CorkyMac says...

english rose 1 wrote:
CorkyMac wrote:
Blessing in disguise If you ask me regarding Labour not putting as much effort Into Darwen as the have done Blackburn, look what they have done to that town! Darwen, unfortunately have always been the poor relation when It comes to spending under these Labour clowns at Blackburn and for Hollern to mention a new leisure centre when Blackburn had Waves and now a new one being built or In the plans astounds me. The old Darwen leisure centre was as old as the hills, the Health Centre Is no different to the Health Centre that has been built In Blackburn, and as for new homes, well this Is Blackburn's next Labour candidate, thank God she's not standing for Darwen.
Jake Berry mentions the Markets Kate, hello! After the millions being spent on Blackburn with the new shopping centre, Cathedral quarters, Bus Station, Rail Station and a complete waste of space road system, you have the cheek to criticize Jake Berry saying It's panic to get votes, well If I was you I'd concentrate on getting yourself voted In first, because like I've said before, people need to get out and vote UKIP next time around before you run Blackburn Into the ground, and that's after all the millions spent. As for the local elections, Darwen people need to vote for any party apart from Labour, as sure enough, look what they have done so far regarding Darwen, not much, but like I said that could be a blessing In disguise given the mess they have made of Blackburn.
How on earth will UKIP help build a new Darwen Market ????? They have absolutely NO policies apart from wanting a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU and wanting pubs to close at 11pm. (their former policies now disowned by Farage, would have meant further, huge cuts to Councils budgets, meaning no dosh at all to do anything except the bare minimum).
Typical Labour English Rose! At what point have I mentioned UKIP building a new Darwen Market? It was a suggestion to the people of Blackburn to vote UKIP after the bloody mess Blackburn has become under Labour over the years. That Is my personal choice, because I believe they will do no worse In Blackburn than Labour have, In fact quite the contrary, anything any Party does to Blackburn will be better than Labour, Including the Monster Raving Loony Party, you have ruined that town and It will take any party years to repair. It's time for change In Blackburn before It's to late for the town. As far as Darwen Is concerned, Jake Berry does seem to get Involved somewhat and the the town Itself Is doing OK considering you lot are holding the purse strings (maybe having It's own Town Council helps, I don't know)
One thing I do know, the Liberal Democrat Councillors of Darwen seem to work hard for the town and God only knows how frustrating It must be for them to get anything done In Darwen. As for UKIP, yes this Country does need a referendum regarding Europe, so people have their say, whether that be for or against, that's down to them, unlike Labour who think people should just follow and not have a say about their Country, how bloody arrogant!
Must admit, your line regarding pubs closing at 11pm made me smile, WHAT BLOODY PUBS? You've managed to close them full time In Blackburn and now consulting students on how to get the night life back again In Blackburn.
Like I said In my earlier post, It's probably a blessing In disguise you've been to concerned messing Blackburn up and not taking to much notice of Darwen.
[quote][p][bold]english rose 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CorkyMac[/bold] wrote: Blessing in disguise If you ask me regarding Labour not putting as much effort Into Darwen as the have done Blackburn, look what they have done to that town! Darwen, unfortunately have always been the poor relation when It comes to spending under these Labour clowns at Blackburn and for Hollern to mention a new leisure centre when Blackburn had Waves and now a new one being built or In the plans astounds me. The old Darwen leisure centre was as old as the hills, the Health Centre Is no different to the Health Centre that has been built In Blackburn, and as for new homes, well this Is Blackburn's next Labour candidate, thank God she's not standing for Darwen. Jake Berry mentions the Markets Kate, hello! After the millions being spent on Blackburn with the new shopping centre, Cathedral quarters, Bus Station, Rail Station and a complete waste of space road system, you have the cheek to criticize Jake Berry saying It's panic to get votes, well If I was you I'd concentrate on getting yourself voted In first, because like I've said before, people need to get out and vote UKIP next time around before you run Blackburn Into the ground, and that's after all the millions spent. As for the local elections, Darwen people need to vote for any party apart from Labour, as sure enough, look what they have done so far regarding Darwen, not much, but like I said that could be a blessing In disguise given the mess they have made of Blackburn.[/p][/quote]How on earth will UKIP help build a new Darwen Market ????? They have absolutely NO policies apart from wanting a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU and wanting pubs to close at 11pm. (their former policies now disowned by Farage, would have meant further, huge cuts to Councils budgets, meaning no dosh at all to do anything except the bare minimum).[/p][/quote]Typical Labour English Rose! At what point have I mentioned UKIP building a new Darwen Market? It was a suggestion to the people of Blackburn to vote UKIP after the bloody mess Blackburn has become under Labour over the years. That Is my personal choice, because I believe they will do no worse In Blackburn than Labour have, In fact quite the contrary, anything any Party does to Blackburn will be better than Labour, Including the Monster Raving Loony Party, you have ruined that town and It will take any party years to repair. It's time for change In Blackburn before It's to late for the town. As far as Darwen Is concerned, Jake Berry does seem to get Involved somewhat and the the town Itself Is doing OK considering you lot are holding the purse strings (maybe having It's own Town Council helps, I don't know) One thing I do know, the Liberal Democrat Councillors of Darwen seem to work hard for the town and God only knows how frustrating It must be for them to get anything done In Darwen. As for UKIP, yes this Country does need a referendum regarding Europe, so people have their say, whether that be for or against, that's down to them, unlike Labour who think people should just follow and not have a say about their Country, how bloody arrogant! Must admit, your line regarding pubs closing at 11pm made me smile, WHAT BLOODY PUBS? You've managed to close them full time In Blackburn and now consulting students on how to get the night life back again In Blackburn. Like I said In my earlier post, It's probably a blessing In disguise you've been to concerned messing Blackburn up and not taking to much notice of Darwen. CorkyMac
  • Score: 6

9:31pm Thu 15 May 14

Darwen Malc says...

CorkyMac wrote:
english rose 1 wrote:
CorkyMac wrote:
Blessing in disguise If you ask me regarding Labour not putting as much effort Into Darwen as the have done Blackburn, look what they have done to that town! Darwen, unfortunately have always been the poor relation when It comes to spending under these Labour clowns at Blackburn and for Hollern to mention a new leisure centre when Blackburn had Waves and now a new one being built or In the plans astounds me. The old Darwen leisure centre was as old as the hills, the Health Centre Is no different to the Health Centre that has been built In Blackburn, and as for new homes, well this Is Blackburn's next Labour candidate, thank God she's not standing for Darwen.
Jake Berry mentions the Markets Kate, hello! After the millions being spent on Blackburn with the new shopping centre, Cathedral quarters, Bus Station, Rail Station and a complete waste of space road system, you have the cheek to criticize Jake Berry saying It's panic to get votes, well If I was you I'd concentrate on getting yourself voted In first, because like I've said before, people need to get out and vote UKIP next time around before you run Blackburn Into the ground, and that's after all the millions spent. As for the local elections, Darwen people need to vote for any party apart from Labour, as sure enough, look what they have done so far regarding Darwen, not much, but like I said that could be a blessing In disguise given the mess they have made of Blackburn.
How on earth will UKIP help build a new Darwen Market ????? They have absolutely NO policies apart from wanting a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU and wanting pubs to close at 11pm. (their former policies now disowned by Farage, would have meant further, huge cuts to Councils budgets, meaning no dosh at all to do anything except the bare minimum).
Typical Labour English Rose! At what point have I mentioned UKIP building a new Darwen Market? It was a suggestion to the people of Blackburn to vote UKIP after the bloody mess Blackburn has become under Labour over the years. That Is my personal choice, because I believe they will do no worse In Blackburn than Labour have, In fact quite the contrary, anything any Party does to Blackburn will be better than Labour, Including the Monster Raving Loony Party, you have ruined that town and It will take any party years to repair. It's time for change In Blackburn before It's to late for the town. As far as Darwen Is concerned, Jake Berry does seem to get Involved somewhat and the the town Itself Is doing OK considering you lot are holding the purse strings (maybe having It's own Town Council helps, I don't know)
One thing I do know, the Liberal Democrat Councillors of Darwen seem to work hard for the town and God only knows how frustrating It must be for them to get anything done In Darwen. As for UKIP, yes this Country does need a referendum regarding Europe, so people have their say, whether that be for or against, that's down to them, unlike Labour who think people should just follow and not have a say about their Country, how bloody arrogant!
Must admit, your line regarding pubs closing at 11pm made me smile, WHAT BLOODY PUBS? You've managed to close them full time In Blackburn and now consulting students on how to get the night life back again In Blackburn.
Like I said In my earlier post, It's probably a blessing In disguise you've been to concerned messing Blackburn up and not taking to much notice of Darwen.
Well said, Corky Mac. Going back a few years, whatever did Janet Anderson do for Darwen? At least Jake gets out and about and meets and engages the townsfolk. And he's forever championing Darwen.
[quote][p][bold]CorkyMac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]english rose 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CorkyMac[/bold] wrote: Blessing in disguise If you ask me regarding Labour not putting as much effort Into Darwen as the have done Blackburn, look what they have done to that town! Darwen, unfortunately have always been the poor relation when It comes to spending under these Labour clowns at Blackburn and for Hollern to mention a new leisure centre when Blackburn had Waves and now a new one being built or In the plans astounds me. The old Darwen leisure centre was as old as the hills, the Health Centre Is no different to the Health Centre that has been built In Blackburn, and as for new homes, well this Is Blackburn's next Labour candidate, thank God she's not standing for Darwen. Jake Berry mentions the Markets Kate, hello! After the millions being spent on Blackburn with the new shopping centre, Cathedral quarters, Bus Station, Rail Station and a complete waste of space road system, you have the cheek to criticize Jake Berry saying It's panic to get votes, well If I was you I'd concentrate on getting yourself voted In first, because like I've said before, people need to get out and vote UKIP next time around before you run Blackburn Into the ground, and that's after all the millions spent. As for the local elections, Darwen people need to vote for any party apart from Labour, as sure enough, look what they have done so far regarding Darwen, not much, but like I said that could be a blessing In disguise given the mess they have made of Blackburn.[/p][/quote]How on earth will UKIP help build a new Darwen Market ????? They have absolutely NO policies apart from wanting a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU and wanting pubs to close at 11pm. (their former policies now disowned by Farage, would have meant further, huge cuts to Councils budgets, meaning no dosh at all to do anything except the bare minimum).[/p][/quote]Typical Labour English Rose! At what point have I mentioned UKIP building a new Darwen Market? It was a suggestion to the people of Blackburn to vote UKIP after the bloody mess Blackburn has become under Labour over the years. That Is my personal choice, because I believe they will do no worse In Blackburn than Labour have, In fact quite the contrary, anything any Party does to Blackburn will be better than Labour, Including the Monster Raving Loony Party, you have ruined that town and It will take any party years to repair. It's time for change In Blackburn before It's to late for the town. As far as Darwen Is concerned, Jake Berry does seem to get Involved somewhat and the the town Itself Is doing OK considering you lot are holding the purse strings (maybe having It's own Town Council helps, I don't know) One thing I do know, the Liberal Democrat Councillors of Darwen seem to work hard for the town and God only knows how frustrating It must be for them to get anything done In Darwen. As for UKIP, yes this Country does need a referendum regarding Europe, so people have their say, whether that be for or against, that's down to them, unlike Labour who think people should just follow and not have a say about their Country, how bloody arrogant! Must admit, your line regarding pubs closing at 11pm made me smile, WHAT BLOODY PUBS? You've managed to close them full time In Blackburn and now consulting students on how to get the night life back again In Blackburn. Like I said In my earlier post, It's probably a blessing In disguise you've been to concerned messing Blackburn up and not taking to much notice of Darwen.[/p][/quote]Well said, Corky Mac. Going back a few years, whatever did Janet Anderson do for Darwen? At least Jake gets out and about and meets and engages the townsfolk. And he's forever championing Darwen. Darwen Malc
  • Score: 2

10:29am Wed 4 Jun 14

Unhappycyclist says...

Politics aside, but is the concept of a 3 day market a thing of the past?

I remember Darwen market in the early '70's as somewhere to do food shopping, buy inexpensive clothes and cheap household goods.

These things are now the in realm of supermarkets, Primark and pound shops.

There are still some excellent food retailers on the market, and I hope they can survive any redevelopment.

However, Darwen is no longer a major shopping centre, so any plans for redevelopment need to consider what businesses will be attracted to a new and improved(?) market.
Politics aside, but is the concept of a 3 day market a thing of the past? I remember Darwen market in the early '70's as somewhere to do food shopping, buy inexpensive clothes and cheap household goods. These things are now the in realm of supermarkets, Primark and pound shops. There are still some excellent food retailers on the market, and I hope they can survive any redevelopment. However, Darwen is no longer a major shopping centre, so any plans for redevelopment need to consider what businesses will be attracted to a new and improved(?) market. Unhappycyclist
  • Score: 1

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