£50 reward to attract shoppers to Blackburn

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EAST Lancashire residents who decline to shop in Blackburn are being offered a £50 reward to visit and explain why they don’t.

Researchers are looking for people from neighbouring towns to explain what they want in a retail centre.

It’s part of the Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID) steering group’s efforts to get more shoppers into the town’s stores.

The team is looking for residents of towns like Accrington, Burnley, Clitheroe, Rawtenstall, Preston and Nelson to come to Blackburn, have a look round and explain what puts them off.

Traders from the town will also visit other shopping centres nearby to see how they fo things.

People who want to join can register for the day in Blackburn on Wednesday, July 9.

The day is being run by independent research group ROI Team and organised by Laura Coughlin, marketing manager from the Mall and Harriet Roberts of the Blackburn BID team.

Applicants can register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BlackburnBID or call the ROI Team on 07772 352804 Those selected will receive a short walking tour, a free lunch and refreshments, a £50 shopping voucher to spend in Blackburn and free parking.

Ms Coughlin said: “Perhaps Blackburn is on your doorstep and yet you prefer to travel to another town or shopping area or spend leisure time and shop with your family and friends.

“We want to know what you really think and what would make you come to Blackburn.

“We need you to be honest and tell us why you don’t come now and why you go elsewhere.”

Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “You have to incentives people to take part in this type of research.

“It is a sensible investment in the town centre’s future.”

In the next five years Blackburn BID will invest £1.5 million collected from traders to make the town centre safer, greener and cleaner and promote events to make the town a more attractive place to shop.

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12:07pm Thu 26 Jun 14

CyberWala says...

erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges.
erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges. CyberWala
  • Score: 39

12:23pm Thu 26 Jun 14

BlackburnBadger says...

CyberWala wrote:
erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges.
Council Car parking is free after 3, and all day Saturday if you don't want to pay, but when I nip in £1.50 to park in the Mall isn't exactly breaking the bank! Also personally I think it has much improved over the last few years and I do shop in Blackburn as well as Manchester. I don't understand people who drive out of town to Preston, there's the same if not more in Blackburn these days, and the rest is in Manchester which we obviously can't compete with. I think it's an overall image of the town centre which we need to improve as well as daytime eateries that aren't McDonald's or Pasty shops, just something as simple as a Nando's or a Giraffe would do well I think.
[quote][p][bold]CyberWala[/bold] wrote: erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges.[/p][/quote]Council Car parking is free after 3, and all day Saturday if you don't want to pay, but when I nip in £1.50 to park in the Mall isn't exactly breaking the bank! Also personally I think it has much improved over the last few years and I do shop in Blackburn as well as Manchester. I don't understand people who drive out of town to Preston, there's the same if not more in Blackburn these days, and the rest is in Manchester which we obviously can't compete with. I think it's an overall image of the town centre which we need to improve as well as daytime eateries that aren't McDonald's or Pasty shops, just something as simple as a Nando's or a Giraffe would do well I think. BlackburnBadger
  • Score: -23

12:23pm Thu 26 Jun 14

BlackburnBadger says...

CyberWala wrote:
erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges.
Council Car parking is free after 3, and all day Saturday if you don't want to pay, but when I nip in £1.50 to park in the Mall isn't exactly breaking the bank! Also personally I think it has much improved over the last few years and I do shop in Blackburn as well as Manchester. I don't understand people who drive out of town to Preston, there's the same if not more in Blackburn these days, and the rest is in Manchester which we obviously can't compete with. I think it's an overall image of the town centre which we need to improve as well as daytime eateries that aren't McDonald's or Pasty shops, just something as simple as a Nando's or a Giraffe would do well I think.
[quote][p][bold]CyberWala[/bold] wrote: erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges.[/p][/quote]Council Car parking is free after 3, and all day Saturday if you don't want to pay, but when I nip in £1.50 to park in the Mall isn't exactly breaking the bank! Also personally I think it has much improved over the last few years and I do shop in Blackburn as well as Manchester. I don't understand people who drive out of town to Preston, there's the same if not more in Blackburn these days, and the rest is in Manchester which we obviously can't compete with. I think it's an overall image of the town centre which we need to improve as well as daytime eateries that aren't McDonald's or Pasty shops, just something as simple as a Nando's or a Giraffe would do well I think. BlackburnBadger
  • Score: -24

12:25pm Thu 26 Jun 14

juanbbien says...

Reasonable or free parking areas would be a good start
Reasonable or free parking areas would be a good start juanbbien
  • Score: 43

12:29pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Carl_24 says...

Too many pound shops, no entertainment stores (HMV, That's Entertainment etc) HMV has been closed down for over a year and yet the sign is still up talk about rubbing our nose in it!
Either re-open it (which I'd really like them to do because I'm sick and tired of traveling to Preston's HMV store) or take the sign down.
The market is a joke every time I walk past it and I see "market of the year 2011" I laugh because it's not a proper market Bury, Accrington, Darwen and Preston has proper markets.
There use to be a nice Chinese Buffet until it turned into yet another Indian restaurant.
Do we really need another Indian restaurant, how about bringing THE Chinese Buffet to the town and keeping it there?
They have restaurants in Bolton, St. Helens, Wakefield, Wigan, Preston, Bradford and Halifax and soon to be opening in Blackpool.
The councils idea for "bringing the seaside to Blackburn" and the outdoor ice rink last year was such stupid ideas no one visited either of them it just showed that the council are desperate to attract people to the town well here's 2 ideas for them...
1, Listen to the people that actually live in Blackburn and not ask outsiders.
2, How about bringing some better entertainment to the town?
Use Blackburn Arena I thought it was suppose to be an all purpose arena not just ice skating look at the sign outside it say's BLACKBURN ARENA not BLACKBURN ICE RINK, the only 2 forms of entertainment that have been to the arena was WCW wrestling back in 1992 and Status Quo in 1994.
The town is trying to be a city but instead it's a joke.
Too many pound shops, no entertainment stores (HMV, That's Entertainment etc) HMV has been closed down for over a year and yet the sign is still up talk about rubbing our nose in it! Either re-open it (which I'd really like them to do because I'm sick and tired of traveling to Preston's HMV store) or take the sign down. The market is a joke every time I walk past it and I see "market of the year 2011" I laugh because it's not a proper market Bury, Accrington, Darwen and Preston has proper markets. There use to be a nice Chinese Buffet until it turned into yet another Indian restaurant. Do we really need another Indian restaurant, how about bringing THE Chinese Buffet to the town and keeping it there? They have restaurants in Bolton, St. Helens, Wakefield, Wigan, Preston, Bradford and Halifax and soon to be opening in Blackpool. The councils idea for "bringing the seaside to Blackburn" and the outdoor ice rink last year was such stupid ideas no one visited either of them it just showed that the council are desperate to attract people to the town well here's 2 ideas for them... 1, Listen to the people that actually live in Blackburn and not ask outsiders. 2, How about bringing some better entertainment to the town? Use Blackburn Arena I thought it was suppose to be an all purpose arena not just ice skating look at the sign outside it say's BLACKBURN ARENA not BLACKBURN ICE RINK, the only 2 forms of entertainment that have been to the arena was WCW wrestling back in 1992 and Status Quo in 1994. The town is trying to be a city but instead it's a joke. Carl_24
  • Score: 72

12:56pm Thu 26 Jun 14

cathedral citi says...

Carl_24 wrote:
Too many pound shops, no entertainment stores (HMV, That's Entertainment etc) HMV has been closed down for over a year and yet the sign is still up talk about rubbing our nose in it!
Either re-open it (which I'd really like them to do because I'm sick and tired of traveling to Preston's HMV store) or take the sign down.
The market is a joke every time I walk past it and I see "market of the year 2011" I laugh because it's not a proper market Bury, Accrington, Darwen and Preston has proper markets.
There use to be a nice Chinese Buffet until it turned into yet another Indian restaurant.
Do we really need another Indian restaurant, how about bringing THE Chinese Buffet to the town and keeping it there?
They have restaurants in Bolton, St. Helens, Wakefield, Wigan, Preston, Bradford and Halifax and soon to be opening in Blackpool.
The councils idea for "bringing the seaside to Blackburn" and the outdoor ice rink last year was such stupid ideas no one visited either of them it just showed that the council are desperate to attract people to the town well here's 2 ideas for them...
1, Listen to the people that actually live in Blackburn and not ask outsiders.
2, How about bringing some better entertainment to the town?
Use Blackburn Arena I thought it was suppose to be an all purpose arena not just ice skating look at the sign outside it say's BLACKBURN ARENA not BLACKBURN ICE RINK, the only 2 forms of entertainment that have been to the arena was WCW wrestling back in 1992 and Status Quo in 1994.
The town is trying to be a city but instead it's a joke.
Spot on.

The Blackburn Arena holds six thousand people (including the covered ice area) as I was there for the status quo gig, which was 'buzzing. Now, imagine six thousand people leaving an evening gig at the arena, and many of these descending on different eating venues around the town centre? The night time economy would be vastly improved.

Blackburn with Darwen council are only promoting king George's hall, with a 2 thousand capacity, as the leading venue. But why only KG's? they have spent a few million doing it up, and appear to be trying to protect their interest with mainly mediocre entertainment. Allow the arena to do regular larger gigs, and the night time economy will boom. We need to think bigger.

I travel the 11 miles to Blackburn on a regular basis, to do my shopping, as the retail offer has vastly improved over the past several years.......increase it further by making paying attention to the evening economy (most people can't shop during working hours, which coincide with the retail opening hours) so, therefore increasing the shopping centre opening times would bring in the evening shoppers.

BID and associates need to use a more protracted and a proactive approach. You need to think and evaluate outside the box, so to speak!
[quote][p][bold]Carl_24[/bold] wrote: Too many pound shops, no entertainment stores (HMV, That's Entertainment etc) HMV has been closed down for over a year and yet the sign is still up talk about rubbing our nose in it! Either re-open it (which I'd really like them to do because I'm sick and tired of traveling to Preston's HMV store) or take the sign down. The market is a joke every time I walk past it and I see "market of the year 2011" I laugh because it's not a proper market Bury, Accrington, Darwen and Preston has proper markets. There use to be a nice Chinese Buffet until it turned into yet another Indian restaurant. Do we really need another Indian restaurant, how about bringing THE Chinese Buffet to the town and keeping it there? They have restaurants in Bolton, St. Helens, Wakefield, Wigan, Preston, Bradford and Halifax and soon to be opening in Blackpool. The councils idea for "bringing the seaside to Blackburn" and the outdoor ice rink last year was such stupid ideas no one visited either of them it just showed that the council are desperate to attract people to the town well here's 2 ideas for them... 1, Listen to the people that actually live in Blackburn and not ask outsiders. 2, How about bringing some better entertainment to the town? Use Blackburn Arena I thought it was suppose to be an all purpose arena not just ice skating look at the sign outside it say's BLACKBURN ARENA not BLACKBURN ICE RINK, the only 2 forms of entertainment that have been to the arena was WCW wrestling back in 1992 and Status Quo in 1994. The town is trying to be a city but instead it's a joke.[/p][/quote]Spot on. The Blackburn Arena holds six thousand people (including the covered ice area) as I was there for the status quo gig, which was 'buzzing. Now, imagine six thousand people leaving an evening gig at the arena, and many of these descending on different eating venues around the town centre? The night time economy would be vastly improved. Blackburn with Darwen council are only promoting king George's hall, with a 2 thousand capacity, as the leading venue. But why only KG's? they have spent a few million doing it up, and appear to be trying to protect their interest with mainly mediocre entertainment. Allow the arena to do regular larger gigs, and the night time economy will boom. We need to think bigger. I travel the 11 miles to Blackburn on a regular basis, to do my shopping, as the retail offer has vastly improved over the past several years.......increase it further by making paying attention to the evening economy (most people can't shop during working hours, which coincide with the retail opening hours) so, therefore increasing the shopping centre opening times would bring in the evening shoppers. BID and associates need to use a more protracted and a proactive approach. You need to think and evaluate outside the box, so to speak! cathedral citi
  • Score: 36

1:01pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Lurid67 says...

BlackburnBadger wrote:
CyberWala wrote:
erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges.
Council Car parking is free after 3, and all day Saturday if you don't want to pay, but when I nip in £1.50 to park in the Mall isn't exactly breaking the bank! Also personally I think it has much improved over the last few years and I do shop in Blackburn as well as Manchester. I don't understand people who drive out of town to Preston, there's the same if not more in Blackburn these days, and the rest is in Manchester which we obviously can't compete with. I think it's an overall image of the town centre which we need to improve as well as daytime eateries that aren't McDonald's or Pasty shops, just something as simple as a Nando's or a Giraffe would do well I think.
The overall image of the town needs open heart surgery, once rid of the beggars, crack heads, dope heads, tramps, gangs of youths, pound shops,chavs and countless other image problems people may one day start to shop in blackburn.

I for one will not, blackburn has the tag of been a sh1th*le and as the saying goes IT STICKS.
[quote][p][bold]BlackburnBadger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CyberWala[/bold] wrote: erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges.[/p][/quote]Council Car parking is free after 3, and all day Saturday if you don't want to pay, but when I nip in £1.50 to park in the Mall isn't exactly breaking the bank! Also personally I think it has much improved over the last few years and I do shop in Blackburn as well as Manchester. I don't understand people who drive out of town to Preston, there's the same if not more in Blackburn these days, and the rest is in Manchester which we obviously can't compete with. I think it's an overall image of the town centre which we need to improve as well as daytime eateries that aren't McDonald's or Pasty shops, just something as simple as a Nando's or a Giraffe would do well I think.[/p][/quote]The overall image of the town needs open heart surgery, once rid of the beggars, crack heads, dope heads, tramps, gangs of youths, pound shops,chavs and countless other image problems people may one day start to shop in blackburn. I for one will not, blackburn has the tag of been a sh1th*le and as the saying goes IT STICKS. Lurid67
  • Score: 58

1:13pm Thu 26 Jun 14

A Darener says...

The reason most people don't go shopping in Blackburn is it is difficult to drive into and almost impossible to drive out of. As for parking, pathetic!
The reason most people don't go shopping in Blackburn is it is difficult to drive into and almost impossible to drive out of. As for parking, pathetic! A Darener
  • Score: 53

1:20pm Thu 26 Jun 14

GracesDad says...

A Darener wrote:
The reason most people don't go shopping in Blackburn is it is difficult to drive into and almost impossible to drive out of. As for parking, pathetic!
How difficult is to drive onto the multi-storey entrance by Debenhams then drive out at the same exit?
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: The reason most people don't go shopping in Blackburn is it is difficult to drive into and almost impossible to drive out of. As for parking, pathetic![/p][/quote]How difficult is to drive onto the multi-storey entrance by Debenhams then drive out at the same exit? GracesDad
  • Score: -44

2:08pm Thu 26 Jun 14

burner says...

1 `) poor accessibility by car

2 )don't like parking where you pay and display - you MUST return to the car after an hour, or whatever. Don't mind paying but want to pay at END of stay. I decide how long I stay, not the machine. Might spend more time in shops instead of rushing away.

Was in Abingdon last week - the signs said " Welcome to Abingdon, two hours free parking in Town Centre " . . . now THAT'S the way to go.
1 `) poor accessibility by car 2 )don't like parking where you pay and display - you MUST return to the car after an hour, or whatever. Don't mind paying but want to pay at END of stay. I decide how long I stay, not the machine. Might spend more time in shops instead of rushing away. Was in Abingdon last week - the signs said " Welcome to Abingdon, two hours free parking in Town Centre " . . . now THAT'S the way to go. burner
  • Score: 48

2:10pm Thu 26 Jun 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Being from Rossendale it's simple...Bury is easier and better!
Being from Rossendale it's simple...Bury is easier and better! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 26

2:10pm Thu 26 Jun 14

CyberWala says...

BlackburnBadger wrote:
CyberWala wrote:
erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges.
Council Car parking is free after 3, and all day Saturday if you don't want to pay, but when I nip in £1.50 to park in the Mall isn't exactly breaking the bank! Also personally I think it has much improved over the last few years and I do shop in Blackburn as well as Manchester. I don't understand people who drive out of town to Preston, there's the same if not more in Blackburn these days, and the rest is in Manchester which we obviously can't compete with. I think it's an overall image of the town centre which we need to improve as well as daytime eateries that aren't McDonald's or Pasty shops, just something as simple as a Nando's or a Giraffe would do well I think.
£1.50 for how many hours ? As you say it'll cost you that much just for nipping into town. Blackburn town's trade isn't going to survive by simple 'nippers' going in and out of town. It'll only survive if people do comprehensive shopping spending good time going from shop to shop, store to store buying goods... not just single items done in a few minutes

What if someone and their family wants to make a day out in town... visting shop and stores, buying, then have lunch and then shop again.... say a 4 to 5 hour shopping day out. How much will it cost ?

Nipping into town and paying £1.50 for that 'nip' is extortionate. In reality a nip into town should be free.. say 30 mins of free parking anywhere in town.

As for parking free after 3pm... family shopping day outs are mostly done on Saturdays...... if the town wants a roaring trade on that day.... sort out the prohibitive long term parking fees.
[quote][p][bold]BlackburnBadger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CyberWala[/bold] wrote: erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges.[/p][/quote]Council Car parking is free after 3, and all day Saturday if you don't want to pay, but when I nip in £1.50 to park in the Mall isn't exactly breaking the bank! Also personally I think it has much improved over the last few years and I do shop in Blackburn as well as Manchester. I don't understand people who drive out of town to Preston, there's the same if not more in Blackburn these days, and the rest is in Manchester which we obviously can't compete with. I think it's an overall image of the town centre which we need to improve as well as daytime eateries that aren't McDonald's or Pasty shops, just something as simple as a Nando's or a Giraffe would do well I think.[/p][/quote]£1.50 for how many hours ? As you say it'll cost you that much just for nipping into town. Blackburn town's trade isn't going to survive by simple 'nippers' going in and out of town. It'll only survive if people do comprehensive shopping spending good time going from shop to shop, store to store buying goods... not just single items done in a few minutes What if someone and their family wants to make a day out in town... visting shop and stores, buying, then have lunch and then shop again.... say a 4 to 5 hour shopping day out. How much will it cost ? Nipping into town and paying £1.50 for that 'nip' is extortionate. In reality a nip into town should be free.. say 30 mins of free parking anywhere in town. As for parking free after 3pm... family shopping day outs are mostly done on Saturdays...... if the town wants a roaring trade on that day.... sort out the prohibitive long term parking fees. CyberWala
  • Score: 22

2:12pm Thu 26 Jun 14

CyberWala says...

burner wrote:
1 `) poor accessibility by car

2 )don't like parking where you pay and display - you MUST return to the car after an hour, or whatever. Don't mind paying but want to pay at END of stay. I decide how long I stay, not the machine. Might spend more time in shops instead of rushing away.

Was in Abingdon last week - the signs said " Welcome to Abingdon, two hours free parking in Town Centre " . . . now THAT'S the way to go.
exactly.. Blackburn needs to adopt something similar... short term parking should be free and long term parking not extortionate.
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: 1 `) poor accessibility by car 2 )don't like parking where you pay and display - you MUST return to the car after an hour, or whatever. Don't mind paying but want to pay at END of stay. I decide how long I stay, not the machine. Might spend more time in shops instead of rushing away. Was in Abingdon last week - the signs said " Welcome to Abingdon, two hours free parking in Town Centre " . . . now THAT'S the way to go.[/p][/quote]exactly.. Blackburn needs to adopt something similar... short term parking should be free and long term parking not extortionate. CyberWala
  • Score: 32

2:57pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Casper's mum says...

Only reason I shop in Blackburn is because I work here so can pop into town during my lunch hour.

I much prefer Accrington and Bury Markets over Blackburn's.

I much prefer a shopping day out to somewhere like the Trafford Centre for the larger " high street" shops such as Debs, Next etc. as there is also a huge choice of food outlets there.
Only reason I shop in Blackburn is because I work here so can pop into town during my lunch hour. I much prefer Accrington and Bury Markets over Blackburn's. I much prefer a shopping day out to somewhere like the Trafford Centre for the larger " high street" shops such as Debs, Next etc. as there is also a huge choice of food outlets there. Casper's mum
  • Score: 30

2:58pm Thu 26 Jun 14

caballo says...

There's simply nothing to offer beyond pound shops and takeaways.
There's simply nothing to offer beyond pound shops and takeaways. caballo
  • Score: 41

4:03pm Thu 26 Jun 14

barryinthailand says...

As has already been touched on by some comments, why ask people from outside of Blackburn? If Blackburn residents prefer to shop elsewhere, would it not make more sense to find out why they go elsewhere before trying to attract shopping tourists?

What do people want to see while shopping? If the answer is poundshops, pawnbrokers and bookies Blackburn has it all.
As has already been touched on by some comments, why ask people from outside of Blackburn? If Blackburn residents prefer to shop elsewhere, would it not make more sense to find out why they go elsewhere before trying to attract shopping tourists? What do people want to see while shopping? If the answer is poundshops, pawnbrokers and bookies Blackburn has it all. barryinthailand
  • Score: 31

4:03pm Thu 26 Jun 14

harrybash says...

CyberWala wrote:
erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges.
People keep banging on about free parking after 3pm who wants to go shopping then? I for one certainly don't. The oneway system is for ever changing the area surrounding the centre is a mess. Try asking local people why they go out of town to shop !
[quote][p][bold]CyberWala[/bold] wrote: erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges.[/p][/quote]People keep banging on about free parking after 3pm who wants to go shopping then? I for one certainly don't. The oneway system is for ever changing the area surrounding the centre is a mess. Try asking local people why they go out of town to shop ! harrybash
  • Score: 24

4:12pm Thu 26 Jun 14

doggydog says...

After all the money that has been spent yet they wonder why people dont come to blackburn?Yet now giving money away to ask people why they dont like blackburn? Beggars belief that even more money is being wasted when it could be spent on better things!
After all the money that has been spent yet they wonder why people dont come to blackburn?Yet now giving money away to ask people why they dont like blackburn? Beggars belief that even more money is being wasted when it could be spent on better things! doggydog
  • Score: 23

4:35pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I can tell you why I will do anything but come to Blackburn, the road network is a horror story and changes so often. Please give my £50 to charity as I will not be driving over to get it.
I can tell you why I will do anything but come to Blackburn, the road network is a horror story and changes so often. Please give my £50 to charity as I will not be driving over to get it. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 37

5:15pm Thu 26 Jun 14

churchrover says...

Free parking would help for a start, here in Accrington we don't have parking fee's so I wouldn't consider shopping in Blackburn even if the fee is £1.50. It's time Councils stopped regarding motorists as cash cows.
Free parking would help for a start, here in Accrington we don't have parking fee's so I wouldn't consider shopping in Blackburn even if the fee is £1.50. It's time Councils stopped regarding motorists as cash cows. churchrover
  • Score: 23

5:40pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Owd Akela says...

Being an Accy Lass I object to paying for parking - also multi storey car parks are innaccessible to me driving a high vehicle. If I do go out of town I tend to head for the traditional markets - Todmorden is a lovely little traditional market. Also marauding gangs of Asian lads tend to be off putting as well. If I do shop in Blackburn (under sufferance) I park at the top end of King Street on one of the side streets and walk in to the town centre.
Being an Accy Lass I object to paying for parking - also multi storey car parks are innaccessible to me driving a high vehicle. If I do go out of town I tend to head for the traditional markets - Todmorden is a lovely little traditional market. Also marauding gangs of Asian lads tend to be off putting as well. If I do shop in Blackburn (under sufferance) I park at the top end of King Street on one of the side streets and walk in to the town centre. Owd Akela
  • Score: 17

5:49pm Thu 26 Jun 14

berylm61 says...

Not enough decent shops. The shops we do have are too small and don't carry enough varied stock. Not enough choice on the market. Too many kids hanging around. Parking charges should be scrapped.
I can go to the Trafford Centre, no kids, no parking, better choice and a lot cleaner. Nice bars to have lunch in
Why pay £50 to people out of town. Just ask People from Blackburn, they will give a truthful answer.
Not enough decent shops. The shops we do have are too small and don't carry enough varied stock. Not enough choice on the market. Too many kids hanging around. Parking charges should be scrapped. I can go to the Trafford Centre, no kids, no parking, better choice and a lot cleaner. Nice bars to have lunch in Why pay £50 to people out of town. Just ask People from Blackburn, they will give a truthful answer. berylm61
  • Score: 27

7:29pm Thu 26 Jun 14

CorkyMac says...

harrybash wrote:
CyberWala wrote:
erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges.
People keep banging on about free parking after 3pm who wants to go shopping then? I for one certainly don't. The oneway system is for ever changing the area surrounding the centre is a mess. Try asking local people why they go out of town to shop !
Harrybash I agree with the one way system being an utter mess.
A few weeks ago my parents decided to visit Blackburn for the day from St Anne's and eventually (God knows how) ended up at King George's Hall. They pulled Into a disabled bay (my Father Is Disabled) outside KGH and hadn't got out the car when a Traffic Warden slapped a parking ticket on the screen. When my Mother got out to discuss the matter, he said no parking here whilst the library Is being renovated and pointed to signs outside the old Police Station to the right of Blakey's Bar which Was about 50 foot away. He said he didn't see them In the car and It was to late to cancel the ticket and that she can appeal. On the ticket It said observed for one minute, unbelievable! She ended up taking photo's and writing to Blackburn Council to explain. They wrote back and told her to photo copy her disabled badge, which she did and Is waiting now for a response from them. Their disgust at the situation Is such that they said Blackburn has gone worse and couldn't believe how the town had gone and that they would never return after what she could only describe as Traffic Wardens on commission In a town destroyed by politicians. So there you have It Blackburn Council, the wise words of a pensioner sums up your town and why people don't bother coming.
Get rid of Labour, time for change, time for Blackburn to rise from the destruction these Idiots have caused and time for Blackburn people to take back control.
[quote][p][bold]harrybash[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CyberWala[/bold] wrote: erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges.[/p][/quote]People keep banging on about free parking after 3pm who wants to go shopping then? I for one certainly don't. The oneway system is for ever changing the area surrounding the centre is a mess. Try asking local people why they go out of town to shop ![/p][/quote]Harrybash I agree with the one way system being an utter mess. A few weeks ago my parents decided to visit Blackburn for the day from St Anne's and eventually (God knows how) ended up at King George's Hall. They pulled Into a disabled bay (my Father Is Disabled) outside KGH and hadn't got out the car when a Traffic Warden slapped a parking ticket on the screen. When my Mother got out to discuss the matter, he said no parking here whilst the library Is being renovated and pointed to signs outside the old Police Station to the right of Blakey's Bar which Was about 50 foot away. He said he didn't see them In the car and It was to late to cancel the ticket and that she can appeal. On the ticket It said observed for one minute, unbelievable! She ended up taking photo's and writing to Blackburn Council to explain. They wrote back and told her to photo copy her disabled badge, which she did and Is waiting now for a response from them. Their disgust at the situation Is such that they said Blackburn has gone worse and couldn't believe how the town had gone and that they would never return after what she could only describe as Traffic Wardens on commission In a town destroyed by politicians. So there you have It Blackburn Council, the wise words of a pensioner sums up your town and why people don't bother coming. Get rid of Labour, time for change, time for Blackburn to rise from the destruction these Idiots have caused and time for Blackburn people to take back control. CorkyMac
  • Score: 27

7:45pm Thu 26 Jun 14

dingledanglescarecrow says...

Is this not called scraping the barrel?
Is this not called scraping the barrel? dingledanglescarecrow
  • Score: 14

7:52pm Thu 26 Jun 14

johnley says...

parking fee's, pound shops, Gregg, no market, roads, and what is on sale, its over the odd's, much cheaper in Burnley and nelson for same thing. and least of all, the internet is taking over. please send my £50 to the,
( learn to speak English centre )
parking fee's, pound shops, Gregg, no market, roads, and what is on sale, its over the odd's, much cheaper in Burnley and nelson for same thing. and least of all, the internet is taking over. please send my £50 to the, ( learn to speak English centre ) johnley
  • Score: 16

8:02pm Thu 26 Jun 14

peely says...

Either close down the college or move it out of town , half of the students are either studying something useless or just filling in time so that either them or their parents can claim social ! Gangs of these people wandering around town put off shoppers !
Either close down the college or move it out of town , half of the students are either studying something useless or just filling in time so that either them or their parents can claim social ! Gangs of these people wandering around town put off shoppers ! peely
  • Score: 13

8:05pm Thu 26 Jun 14

slants says...

easy when the jibbs are counting with their 6 fingers they bill adds up fast.
easy when the jibbs are counting with their 6 fingers they bill adds up fast. slants
  • Score: 3

8:31pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Kevin, Colne says...

Ms Coughlin asks some fair questions.

“We want to know what you really think and what would make you come to Blackburn. We need you to be honest and tell us why you don’t come now and why you go elsewhere.”

If I may, I’ll start with what I really think. Modern-day consumerism is, for the most part, a dead-end. I fear that we’ve fallen into the abyss of hyper-consumerism and it leaves me stone cold, quite frankly.

We are reasonably content and simply don’t want, nor have need for more stuff.

Why we don’t come to Blackburn now? The honest truth is: we don’t need to. We source our daily comestibles locally either in Colne town centre, which is a great little place, or at stores close-by. Other items we can source via the internet. If we go to the cinema we go to Burnley.

Very occasionally we venture further afield, but this constitutes a Big Day Out. By definition a Big Day Out is special, something different; something extraordinary. Places in the frame for a Big Day Out include: Kendal, Settle, Harrogate, York and The Triffid Centre.

Blackburn is simply not on the list, nor on the reserve list. To be truthful I cannot envisage anything that would lead us to consider Blackburn as a possible ‘Big Day Out’ destination. Sorry. You’ve spent all that money, and the place is much improved, yet we refuse to fall under your spell; it must be bitterly disappointing that we are not splashing the cash in Blackburn.

I suspect that this is not the sort of story that the leading lights of the town wish to hear. The good news is that I may well be in a minority – usually, I am - so there might yet be hope for the place.
Ms Coughlin asks some fair questions. “We want to know what you really think and what would make you come to Blackburn. We need you to be honest and tell us why you don’t come now and why you go elsewhere.” If I may, I’ll start with what I really think. Modern-day consumerism is, for the most part, a dead-end. I fear that we’ve fallen into the abyss of hyper-consumerism and it leaves me stone cold, quite frankly. We are reasonably content and simply don’t want, nor have need for more stuff. Why we don’t come to Blackburn now? The honest truth is: we don’t need to. We source our daily comestibles locally either in Colne town centre, which is a great little place, or at stores close-by. Other items we can source via the internet. If we go to the cinema we go to Burnley. Very occasionally we venture further afield, but this constitutes a Big Day Out. By definition a Big Day Out is special, something different; something extraordinary. Places in the frame for a Big Day Out include: Kendal, Settle, Harrogate, York and The Triffid Centre. Blackburn is simply not on the list, nor on the reserve list. To be truthful I cannot envisage anything that would lead us to consider Blackburn as a possible ‘Big Day Out’ destination. Sorry. You’ve spent all that money, and the place is much improved, yet we refuse to fall under your spell; it must be bitterly disappointing that we are not splashing the cash in Blackburn. I suspect that this is not the sort of story that the leading lights of the town wish to hear. The good news is that I may well be in a minority – usually, I am - so there might yet be hope for the place. Kevin, Colne
  • Score: 10

9:17pm Thu 26 Jun 14

M.DANNY says...

The town centre need more eateries more big name stores in the Mall shopping centre likes of Jack & Jones Monsoon miss selfridges HMV store Zara Disney store Goldsmiths Class Ohlson Pondland Wilkinson Beaverbrooks toytown trespass eateries like Burger King Starbucks Pizza Hut, KFC should be located in the town centre.
At this moment there are not enough big name high street stores in Blackburn and just two eateries Mcdonalds and Subways.Many shop units still empty in the Mall and not enough choices like Preston and Manchester.
Parking charges are cheaper compared to Preston and Manchester but lack of more big high street stores and eateries that many people prefer to do the shopping in Preston and Manchester.
Blackburn town centre needs more top quality restaurants pubs and nightclubs to atttract folks at night.
The town centre need more eateries more big name stores in the Mall shopping centre likes of Jack & Jones Monsoon miss selfridges HMV store Zara Disney store Goldsmiths Class Ohlson Pondland Wilkinson Beaverbrooks toytown trespass eateries like Burger King Starbucks Pizza Hut, KFC should be located in the town centre. At this moment there are not enough big name high street stores in Blackburn and just two eateries Mcdonalds and Subways.Many shop units still empty in the Mall and not enough choices like Preston and Manchester. Parking charges are cheaper compared to Preston and Manchester but lack of more big high street stores and eateries that many people prefer to do the shopping in Preston and Manchester. Blackburn town centre needs more top quality restaurants pubs and nightclubs to atttract folks at night. M.DANNY
  • Score: 10

10:14pm Thu 26 Jun 14

andysambfc says...

CyberWala wrote:
erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges.
Will not Shop in Blackburn for three reasons live in darwen for over 30 years then it was exciting to shop now I see one vote ukip and two got a parking ticket the day after a night out by 5 minutes the following morning and the last one yes extortionate car parking charges
[quote][p][bold]CyberWala[/bold] wrote: erm... frikking extortionate car parking charges.[/p][/quote]Will not Shop in Blackburn for three reasons live in darwen for over 30 years then it was exciting to shop now I see one vote ukip and two got a parking ticket the day after a night out by 5 minutes the following morning and the last one yes extortionate car parking charges andysambfc
  • Score: 9

10:17pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Ex-Darrener says...

However many new stores have appeared recently, Blackburn is still desperately short of places to have a meal in the town centre. There is Butler's cafe in the market but nothing else. We have got so fed up with the lack of options that on the last few visits to pick up a relative in Blackburn, we have got straight back in the car and gone to eat and shop in Preston or even Clitheroe. The one-way system is also a real pain in terms of congestion and the free parking on Saturdays basically means every space is occupied all day.
However many new stores have appeared recently, Blackburn is still desperately short of places to have a meal in the town centre. There is Butler's cafe in the market but nothing else. We have got so fed up with the lack of options that on the last few visits to pick up a relative in Blackburn, we have got straight back in the car and gone to eat and shop in Preston or even Clitheroe. The one-way system is also a real pain in terms of congestion and the free parking on Saturdays basically means every space is occupied all day. Ex-Darrener
  • Score: 14

11:19pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Noiticer says...

Basically Blackburn is a depressing place to visit with litterstrewn streets on the approaches together with scruffy inner districts. The whole town is looking run down and that's just on a sunny day. Likewise the people often look down at heel. And as for the shopping precinct - just full of the usual clone stores and few independent shops elsewhere in the town. Our family prefer to shop in Clitheroe or Skipton or on-line.
Basically Blackburn is a depressing place to visit with litterstrewn streets on the approaches together with scruffy inner districts. The whole town is looking run down and that's just on a sunny day. Likewise the people often look down at heel. And as for the shopping precinct - just full of the usual clone stores and few independent shops elsewhere in the town. Our family prefer to shop in Clitheroe or Skipton or on-line. Noiticer
  • Score: 17

11:22pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Rumpole says...

Dumb and fricking Dumber!!!!!!!!!!!

Why don't they start by asking the people of Blackburn why they don't go to Blackburn.

Maybe they should go visit Preston, Bury, Manchester etc. and then they will understand why.

And offering free parking to people from outside of Blackburn to go shopping in Blackburn is totally extracting the urine out of the people of Blackburn.

Here's a couple of clues to help get people to come back to Blackburn shopping again,

"TRADITIONAL OUTDOOR MARKET"
"FREE CAR PARKING"
Dumb and fricking Dumber!!!!!!!!!!! Why don't they start by asking the people of Blackburn why they don't go to Blackburn. Maybe they should go visit Preston, Bury, Manchester etc. and then they will understand why. And offering free parking to people from outside of Blackburn to go shopping in Blackburn is totally extracting the urine out of the people of Blackburn. Here's a couple of clues to help get people to come back to Blackburn shopping again, "TRADITIONAL OUTDOOR MARKET" "FREE CAR PARKING" Rumpole
  • Score: 18

11:51pm Thu 26 Jun 14

blackburne67 says...

burner wrote:
1 `) poor accessibility by car

2 )don't like parking where you pay and display - you MUST return to the car after an hour, or whatever. Don't mind paying but want to pay at END of stay. I decide how long I stay, not the machine. Might spend more time in shops instead of rushing away.

Was in Abingdon last week - the signs said " Welcome to Abingdon, two hours free parking in Town Centre " . . . now THAT'S the way to go.
Yup im from blackburn but live in bicester not a million miles away from Abingdon . visit family & friends as often as work commitments will allow.I have lived in Oxfordshire for 20 yrs & Im saddened to say it but Blackburn has really really got very rough & very very very TACKY.I can understand maybe ive changed a bit & I can see council is trying to improve shopping centre & parts of it have improved somewhat(I.e the shoppibg mall) but a lot of work still needs to be done & with thought & taste.Attitudes need to change as well though. There is a lot of negativity & lots of people out of work & on drugs, alcohol & some through no fault of their own on state benefit but lots who choose it as a lifestyle choice & expect everything handed on a plate to them. If you want the nicer things in life then you need to work for it & then you can live in a nicer home, area of town, better quality food, restaurants,an upgraded car,supermarkets, better quality retailers, salons, bars & nicer holidays & improved quality of life with better immeanaties & improved local services.It all costs money(TAX PAYERS MONEY!!!)Well you can have it all but its a choice one makes in life & its up to you. Maybe not everybody has role models or aspires to want better or improve I dont know but no point in being jealous wof other peoples success's & its not everybody elses fault either.There are no decent quality shops or business's or entertainment venues to speak of to make me want to return out of choice to shop or have leisurely ime in Blackburn.In fact I find Blackburn a frightening place to visit with the obvious drug & alcohol problems it has & all the crime related problems it suffers.Which is a real shame as their are some lovely, friendly & warm people in Blackburn areas & surrounding towns & villages & I think its putting these people off & even moving out of the town & area.There definitely is a north/south divide but it could be greatky improved with travel infrastructure &:Blackburn is poorky sign posted I & around the the town incl the motorway.This is going to take some team effort from the towns people as well as the local public services, business's & council.THINK BIGGER!!! & BETTER QUALITY.I mean it wil never compete with the likes of Manchester or Leeds butthere is a lot of room for much more improvement.I know of smaller towns with better quality & much bigger choice than Blackburn has but to be fair other local towns to Blackburn not much better either.I know where your coming from with the paking we have the same idea in Bicester for parking on multi storey car park.Blackburn Borugh Council please consider having chats, meetings with Cherwell District Council & their agencies that they work with to improve Blackburn shopping & entertainment facilities & on the lay out & design then I would love shopping & would look forward to spending my TIME & my MONEY in Blackburn.Remember I have 6/7 yrs left before I retire & I hope its greatly improved because at the moment its very DEPRESSED.My husband & I will be moving back north on are retirment but im not confident about finding a lovely home in a lovely area in Blackburn, perhaps Clitheroe, or one of surrounding villages as I long to be near my family & close friends but I wouldn't want to shop in Blackburn every week if it stays as it is.I wouldbe shopping in Clitheroe to hand (nice Booths supermarket) & at least a couple of decent independent clothing boutiques & butchers etc otherwise it's going to have to be Manchester or Leeds may be York.So come on get your act together :)))
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: 1 `) poor accessibility by car 2 )don't like parking where you pay and display - you MUST return to the car after an hour, or whatever. Don't mind paying but want to pay at END of stay. I decide how long I stay, not the machine. Might spend more time in shops instead of rushing away. Was in Abingdon last week - the signs said " Welcome to Abingdon, two hours free parking in Town Centre " . . . now THAT'S the way to go.[/p][/quote]Yup im from blackburn but live in bicester not a million miles away from Abingdon . visit family & friends as often as work commitments will allow.I have lived in Oxfordshire for 20 yrs & Im saddened to say it but Blackburn has really really got very rough & very very very TACKY.I can understand maybe ive changed a bit & I can see council is trying to improve shopping centre & parts of it have improved somewhat(I.e the shoppibg mall) but a lot of work still needs to be done & with thought & taste.Attitudes need to change as well though. There is a lot of negativity & lots of people out of work & on drugs, alcohol & some through no fault of their own on state benefit but lots who choose it as a lifestyle choice & expect everything handed on a plate to them. If you want the nicer things in life then you need to work for it & then you can live in a nicer home, area of town, better quality food, restaurants,an upgraded car,supermarkets, better quality retailers, salons, bars & nicer holidays & improved quality of life with better immeanaties & improved local services.It all costs money(TAX PAYERS MONEY!!!)Well you can have it all but its a choice one makes in life & its up to you. Maybe not everybody has role models or aspires to want better or improve I dont know but no point in being jealous wof other peoples success's & its not everybody elses fault either.There are no decent quality shops or business's or entertainment venues to speak of to make me want to return out of choice to shop or have leisurely ime in Blackburn.In fact I find Blackburn a frightening place to visit with the obvious drug & alcohol problems it has & all the crime related problems it suffers.Which is a real shame as their are some lovely, friendly & warm people in Blackburn areas & surrounding towns & villages & I think its putting these people off & even moving out of the town & area.There definitely is a north/south divide but it could be greatky improved with travel infrastructure &:Blackburn is poorky sign posted I & around the the town incl the motorway.This is going to take some team effort from the towns people as well as the local public services, business's & council.THINK BIGGER!!! & BETTER QUALITY.I mean it wil never compete with the likes of Manchester or Leeds butthere is a lot of room for much more improvement.I know of smaller towns with better quality & much bigger choice than Blackburn has but to be fair other local towns to Blackburn not much better either.I know where your coming from with the paking we have the same idea in Bicester for parking on multi storey car park.Blackburn Borugh Council please consider having chats, meetings with Cherwell District Council & their agencies that they work with to improve Blackburn shopping & entertainment facilities & on the lay out & design then I would love shopping & would look forward to spending my TIME & my MONEY in Blackburn.Remember I have 6/7 yrs left before I retire & I hope its greatly improved because at the moment its very DEPRESSED.My husband & I will be moving back north on are retirment but im not confident about finding a lovely home in a lovely area in Blackburn, perhaps Clitheroe, or one of surrounding villages as I long to be near my family & close friends but I wouldn't want to shop in Blackburn every week if it stays as it is.I wouldbe shopping in Clitheroe to hand (nice Booths supermarket) & at least a couple of decent independent clothing boutiques & butchers etc otherwise it's going to have to be Manchester or Leeds may be York.So come on get your act together :))) blackburne67
  • Score: 5

12:05am Fri 27 Jun 14

blackburne67 says...

Noiticer wrote:
Basically Blackburn is a depressing place to visit with litterstrewn streets on the approaches together with scruffy inner districts. The whole town is looking run down and that's just on a sunny day. Likewise the people often look down at heel. And as for the shopping precinct - just full of the usual clone stores and few independent shops elsewhere in the town. Our family prefer to shop in Clitheroe or Skipton or on-line.
At last :)I think along the same lines as u 2 I sooooooo totally agree with everything you have just said.Sad but true & I also see a lot of drug , alcoholics & crime related problems :(
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: Basically Blackburn is a depressing place to visit with litterstrewn streets on the approaches together with scruffy inner districts. The whole town is looking run down and that's just on a sunny day. Likewise the people often look down at heel. And as for the shopping precinct - just full of the usual clone stores and few independent shops elsewhere in the town. Our family prefer to shop in Clitheroe or Skipton or on-line.[/p][/quote]At last :)I think along the same lines as u 2 I sooooooo totally agree with everything you have just said.Sad but true & I also see a lot of drug , alcoholics & crime related problems :( blackburne67
  • Score: 19

7:42am Fri 27 Jun 14

Black Car Guy. says...

Is there any decent record shops in Blackburn? Why because they just mess the one way system up and move the bus station away from the train station. I have only been in the new mall once. It looks nice what i remember of it. Why not go to other popular towns and kidnap people and bring them to the town.
Is there any decent record shops in Blackburn? Why because they just mess the one way system up and move the bus station away from the train station. I have only been in the new mall once. It looks nice what i remember of it. Why not go to other popular towns and kidnap people and bring them to the town. Black Car Guy.
  • Score: 4

8:33am Fri 27 Jun 14

blackburne67 says...

We can do both as in what the locals want & a plesent place for visitors to shop & be entertained as well. :)
We can do both as in what the locals want & a plesent place for visitors to shop & be entertained as well. :) blackburne67
  • Score: 4

9:46am Fri 27 Jun 14

abetterblackburn says...

£50 reward to attract shoppers to Blackburn?

A rather misleading heading. Part publicity campaign part offer to gain knowledge from the general public in the hope of discovering why people are shopping elsewhere. Unfortunately having to ask people would suggest those responsible still do not have the answer. But Blackburn with Darwen Council have a responsibility to make Blackburn a better place so perhaps that is where the demise of Blackburn lay. Having a bunch of Safe Seat councillors and a Safe Seat MP does not help!

Judging by the large amount of people who are complaining about parking I would suggest that to be the main problem. An out of town shopping complex has free parking to attract visitors so why are town shopping areas not treated in the same way?
£50 reward to attract shoppers to Blackburn? A rather misleading heading. Part publicity campaign part offer to gain knowledge from the general public in the hope of discovering why people are shopping elsewhere. Unfortunately having to ask people would suggest those responsible still do not have the answer. But Blackburn with Darwen Council have a responsibility to make Blackburn a better place so perhaps that is where the demise of Blackburn lay. Having a bunch of Safe Seat councillors and a Safe Seat MP does not help! Judging by the large amount of people who are complaining about parking I would suggest that to be the main problem. An out of town shopping complex has free parking to attract visitors so why are town shopping areas not treated in the same way? abetterblackburn
  • Score: 2

11:16am Fri 27 Jun 14

Benpupdog says...

It would have to be a **** sight more than £50 to tempt me into this dump and even then I'd spend it somewhere else.
It would have to be a **** sight more than £50 to tempt me into this dump and even then I'd spend it somewhere else. Benpupdog
  • Score: 6

11:20am Fri 27 Jun 14

Benpupdog says...

The photo attached to this story must have been taken early in the morning, before 10am as there is not one Asian in sight.
It would have to be a **** sight more than £50 to tempt me into this dump and even then I'd spend it somewhere else.
The photo attached to this story must have been taken early in the morning, before 10am as there is not one Asian in sight. It would have to be a **** sight more than £50 to tempt me into this dump and even then I'd spend it somewhere else. Benpupdog
  • Score: 9

12:43pm Fri 27 Jun 14

GracesDad says...

Benpupdog wrote:
The photo attached to this story must have been taken early in the morning, before 10am as there is not one Asian in sight.
It would have to be a **** sight more than £50 to tempt me into this dump and even then I'd spend it somewhere else.
F**king moron.
[quote][p][bold]Benpupdog[/bold] wrote: The photo attached to this story must have been taken early in the morning, before 10am as there is not one Asian in sight. It would have to be a **** sight more than £50 to tempt me into this dump and even then I'd spend it somewhere else.[/p][/quote]F**king moron. GracesDad
  • Score: -7

1:06pm Fri 27 Jun 14

M.DANNY says...

Blackburn has spent millions on regeneration money in town centre with new shopping mall and a new bus station and the developments at Boulevard the Cathedral project includes a hotel clergy courts and offices.The Orbital Road is still not completed linking the Wainwright Bridge on Bolton Road.
The Mall shopping centre has many shop units empty and there are not enough eateries in town centre like KFC, Burger KIng Starbucks Krispy Kreme .
The Town Centre need more pubs restuarants and night clubs to attract more folks to to Blackburn town centre at night.
Car park charges are cheaper than Preston and Manchester but lack of choices in Blackburn has led more people to travel to Preston and Manchester.
Blackburn need to attract more high street stores, more eateries and nightclubs restaurants and pubs.
Blackburn has spent millions on regeneration money in town centre with new shopping mall and a new bus station and the developments at Boulevard the Cathedral project includes a hotel clergy courts and offices.The Orbital Road is still not completed linking the Wainwright Bridge on Bolton Road. The Mall shopping centre has many shop units empty and there are not enough eateries in town centre like KFC, Burger KIng Starbucks Krispy Kreme . The Town Centre need more pubs restuarants and night clubs to attract more folks to to Blackburn town centre at night. Car park charges are cheaper than Preston and Manchester but lack of choices in Blackburn has led more people to travel to Preston and Manchester. Blackburn need to attract more high street stores, more eateries and nightclubs restaurants and pubs. M.DANNY
  • Score: 2

2:00pm Fri 27 Jun 14

drunken donut says...

Too many Asians and Asian shops, I won't buy halal meat so that's all the food shops out of the equation, if you hear an English voice you shout "snap"
Too many Asians and Asian shops, I won't buy halal meat so that's all the food shops out of the equation, if you hear an English voice you shout "snap" drunken donut
  • Score: 8

2:32pm Fri 27 Jun 14

woolywords says...

This morning, I went to Darwen, to shop, instead of going into Blackburn.
(This was only because I spotted the bus coming.)
Breakfast in a little cafe, very clean and very cheap.
Mooched around the shops, for nothing in particular.
Bought some not-so-skinny clothes hangers, for my shirts, which you can't get in Blackburn, even in a Poundshop.
Went to the market for some meat, fish and veg.
No bus waiting, so had a brew, from the same cafe.
Got home, safe.
...
Once over, I used to knock Darwen, calling it, deepest darkest Darwen, the belly button of East Lancs but I've come to really like shopping there, as Blackburn has become the - well I can't print that here - of the World!
...
You know, on a bus and no parking fees or worries about getting a ticket, I'm surprised that many don't do, as I have done. It's a nice little wander around, with lots of niche shops and tons of clean, fresh air.
I didn't spot one single beggar or a policeman for that matter, or even hear a siren, blaring away, in 3 hours. Try that in Blackburn!
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In an age where everyone is down-sizing, I'd give Darwen a more than fair consideration, as I think that me and it, would be a very snug fit.
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To those whom said, may I help you, PLEASE..
those that said, is that all, ARE YOU SURE?
those that SMILED, as they gave me, my change,
the people whom keep the streets, immaculately clean,
(I tried to spot some rubbish - EPIC FAIL!)
to all those people, whom made my trip, just so NICE,
THANK YOU, one and all.
Good manners, courtesy without ingratiation and above all, just an attitude of pleasant natured people, doing what they enjoy doing, is a refreshing change from the glum attitudes, that prevail in Blackburn shops and supermarkets.
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If Darwen, like Scotland is going to do, wants to break away, become independent, I for one, wouldn't blame you. Sever that idiotic link that joins you to Blackburn; where they claim for you, yet keep it all to themselves, like some chav parent, that prevails in the borough.
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Like it says on the subway walls of Germany, Deutschlander: Raus! could equally apply to Darwen. Darreners rise!
And, if you sever the umbilical to Blackburn, you'd be neo-nates and not what that graffiti means in Germany, neo-nazis.
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Oh well, what a pipe dream..
Thank you, for reading this far, my kindred spirit of liking, Darwen.
Now, I need you to, vote me, minus..to confuse my many detractors into how they vote upon my opinions..
as I like to mess with their heads too.
This morning, I went to Darwen, to shop, instead of going into Blackburn. (This was only because I spotted the bus coming.) Breakfast in a little cafe, very clean and very cheap. Mooched around the shops, for nothing in particular. Bought some not-so-skinny clothes hangers, for my shirts, which you can't get in Blackburn, even in a Poundshop. Went to the market for some meat, fish and veg. No bus waiting, so had a brew, from the same cafe. Got home, safe. ... Once over, I used to knock Darwen, calling it, deepest darkest Darwen, the belly button of East Lancs but I've come to really like shopping there, as Blackburn has become the - well I can't print that here - of the World! ... You know, on a bus and no parking fees or worries about getting a ticket, I'm surprised that many don't do, as I have done. It's a nice little wander around, with lots of niche shops and tons of clean, fresh air. I didn't spot one single beggar or a policeman for that matter, or even hear a siren, blaring away, in 3 hours. Try that in Blackburn! ... In an age where everyone is down-sizing, I'd give Darwen a more than fair consideration, as I think that me and it, would be a very snug fit. ... To those whom said, may I help you, PLEASE.. those that said, is that all, ARE YOU SURE? those that SMILED, as they gave me, my change, the people whom keep the streets, immaculately clean, (I tried to spot some rubbish - EPIC FAIL!) to all those people, whom made my trip, just so NICE, THANK YOU, one and all. Good manners, courtesy without ingratiation and above all, just an attitude of pleasant natured people, doing what they enjoy doing, is a refreshing change from the glum attitudes, that prevail in Blackburn shops and supermarkets. ... If Darwen, like Scotland is going to do, wants to break away, become independent, I for one, wouldn't blame you. Sever that idiotic link that joins you to Blackburn; where they claim for you, yet keep it all to themselves, like some chav parent, that prevails in the borough. ... Like it says on the subway walls of Germany, Deutschlander: Raus! could equally apply to Darwen. Darreners rise! And, if you sever the umbilical to Blackburn, you'd be neo-nates and not what that graffiti means in Germany, neo-nazis. ... Oh well, what a pipe dream.. Thank you, for reading this far, my kindred spirit of liking, Darwen. Now, I need you to, vote me, minus..to confuse my many detractors into how they vote upon my opinions.. as I like to mess with their heads too. woolywords
  • Score: 9

3:50pm Fri 27 Jun 14

bow1974 says...

QUITE simples its a hovel students sitting all over the cathedral drunks and druggies bumping into you begging for change i prefer shopping at bury market and i'm from blackburn they should have left it as it was now they have ruined it
QUITE simples its a hovel students sitting all over the cathedral drunks and druggies bumping into you begging for change i prefer shopping at bury market and i'm from blackburn they should have left it as it was now they have ruined it bow1974
  • Score: 8

5:00pm Fri 27 Jun 14

rileyshell says...

Blackburn is facing serious challenges from other Towns with more to offer. . The Mall has now got a good range of shops compared to other Towns in the locality and this will attract some shoppers during the day but our high streets need to be social places with a vibrant evening economy. We must be able to do something that other towns cannot match.
Aggressive parking policies are harming the town and the local Independent shops, some that have been trading over 100 years. These businesses are the ones that need more support instead of them losing trade because of hiked parking charges and slap happy traffic wardens.
There are lots of empty properties and why aren't we attracting good business names into the Town. we are inundated with pound shops, charity shops, and Takeaways. Why isn't there an eatery that the all family can come into Town for and have a meal. Is anything being done to help the Landlords of these empty properties to make better use of them.
I could go on and on but I hope you are getting the drift.
You have no need to offer incentives to shoppers in other towns. The problem lies with the folks of Blackburn. We need enticing back to Blackburn and maybe we will stop going to other Towns to shop.
I would love to spend my money in the community and help the Town of Blackburn .
Blackburn is facing serious challenges from other Towns with more to offer. . The Mall has now got a good range of shops compared to other Towns in the locality and this will attract some shoppers during the day but our high streets need to be social places with a vibrant evening economy. We must be able to do something that other towns cannot match. Aggressive parking policies are harming the town and the local Independent shops, some that have been trading over 100 years. These businesses are the ones that need more support instead of them losing trade because of hiked parking charges and slap happy traffic wardens. There are lots of empty properties and why aren't we attracting good business names into the Town. we are inundated with pound shops, charity shops, and Takeaways. Why isn't there an eatery that the all family can come into Town for and have a meal. Is anything being done to help the Landlords of these empty properties to make better use of them. I could go on and on but I hope you are getting the drift. You have no need to offer incentives to shoppers in other towns. The problem lies with the folks of Blackburn. We need enticing back to Blackburn and maybe we will stop going to other Towns to shop. I would love to spend my money in the community and help the Town of Blackburn . rileyshell
  • Score: 3

8:49pm Fri 27 Jun 14

M.DANNY says...

In the 1960s and 1970s i remember Blackburn town centre was thriving place with nice markets some family owned electrical and book shops on high street, nice pubs, restaurants and discos.That's all gone now the markets have been demolished and the Mall has many shop units empty and the market on bottom floor of the Mall that is too small with a food quarter on one corner.The Mall could have built food court up on the roof of the Mall with many big names like Mcdonald's Nandos Burger King Pizza Hut Starbucks Krispie Kreme,KFC etc etc.
That would be a good idea MALL should build a food court up in the roof with glass roof like the one i saw in shopping centre in Leeds when i visit my friend.
In the 1960s and 1970s i remember Blackburn town centre was thriving place with nice markets some family owned electrical and book shops on high street, nice pubs, restaurants and discos.That's all gone now the markets have been demolished and the Mall has many shop units empty and the market on bottom floor of the Mall that is too small with a food quarter on one corner.The Mall could have built food court up on the roof of the Mall with many big names like Mcdonald's Nandos Burger King Pizza Hut Starbucks Krispie Kreme,KFC etc etc. That would be a good idea MALL should build a food court up in the roof with glass roof like the one i saw in shopping centre in Leeds when i visit my friend. M.DANNY
  • Score: 4

10:45pm Fri 27 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

Let's see..........
road system-appalling
parking charges
be a minute late back to your car- parking fine
few places to eat
the mall is like most other places-no individual shops
market is poor-the clowncil got rid of a fantastic indoor/outdoor market- late 60's that thousands flock to in other towns
amazon
can't get what you want
free parking in out of town retail parks
a clowncil that thinks it's right all the time but have made a mess of things -the latest-forcing Thwaites to leave
apart from the above Blackburn is a great place to shop
AND THAT'S FOR FREE!
Let's see.......... road system-appalling parking charges be a minute late back to your car- parking fine few places to eat the mall is like most other places-no individual shops market is poor-the clowncil got rid of a fantastic indoor/outdoor market- late 60's that thousands flock to in other towns amazon can't get what you want free parking in out of town retail parks a clowncil that thinks it's right all the time but have made a mess of things -the latest-forcing Thwaites to leave apart from the above Blackburn is a great place to shop AND THAT'S FOR FREE! vicn1956
  • Score: 3

12:03am Sat 28 Jun 14

big bird says...

I live in B'burn, but don't shop there, seem to have to change route every time I go in. The shops are all dull and samey, the market's filthy, and it takes forever to get the lift up to the mall if you're in a wheelchair. There's still the same intimidating gangs of young lads getting in people's way. Surely it'd be better to let the empty shops out at a minimal rent to new businesses and bring in extra footfall, rather than let them sit there festering.
I live in B'burn, but don't shop there, seem to have to change route every time I go in. The shops are all dull and samey, the market's filthy, and it takes forever to get the lift up to the mall if you're in a wheelchair. There's still the same intimidating gangs of young lads getting in people's way. Surely it'd be better to let the empty shops out at a minimal rent to new businesses and bring in extra footfall, rather than let them sit there festering. big bird
  • Score: 2

8:53pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Reasons says...

Where is the £50 coming from ? Better spent on cleaning the town up and the road in
Where is the £50 coming from ? Better spent on cleaning the town up and the road in Reasons
  • Score: 4

9:51am Sun 29 Jun 14

OnePostThenTheOther says...

Wacky-races approaches to the town with cars parked as if they have been abandoned (at an angle, front or back jutting into road, one wheel on curb)

Cars racing up to lights in front of you and pulling in/out without warning.

Pedestrians (adults and children) with no apparent road-sense ealiking out into road looking in opposite direction to flow of traffic.

If you are lucky enough to find a parking spot it is of the most miserable proportions that it is difficult to get out of the car without touching your door against the neighbouring car let alone open them to load your shopping in.

When you get into the precinct it is full of the mist miserable-looking displaced people
Wacky-races approaches to the town with cars parked as if they have been abandoned (at an angle, front or back jutting into road, one wheel on curb) Cars racing up to lights in front of you and pulling in/out without warning. Pedestrians (adults and children) with no apparent road-sense ealiking out into road looking in opposite direction to flow of traffic. If you are lucky enough to find a parking spot it is of the most miserable proportions that it is difficult to get out of the car without touching your door against the neighbouring car let alone open them to load your shopping in. When you get into the precinct it is full of the mist miserable-looking displaced people OnePostThenTheOther
  • Score: 6

10:16am Sun 29 Jun 14

OnePostThenTheOther says...

OnePostThenTheOther wrote:
Wacky-races approaches to the town with cars parked as if they have been abandoned (at an angle, front or back jutting into road, one wheel on curb)

Cars racing up to lights in front of you and pulling in/out without warning.

Pedestrians (adults and children) with no apparent road-sense ealiking out into road looking in opposite direction to flow of traffic.

If you are lucky enough to find a parking spot it is of the most miserable proportions that it is difficult to get out of the car without touching your door against the neighbouring car let alone open them to load your shopping in.

When you get into the precinct it is full of the mist miserable-looking displaced people
trudging about aimlessly and with a total disregard for personal space.

Then there are the gangs of asian youths walking 2/3 deep and 4/5 abreast "dead-eyeing" passers-by.

If not that it somebody looking you up and down as if you are their next mugging opportunity.

It's easier and more pleasant to order the same stuff off the internet delivered to your door for less than it costs in a town-centre shop in Blackburn.

If we go on a shopping trip from home it could be Preston or Trafford Park or Mcr Arndale where they have more choice and where the service is better (from shop assustants who understand rudimentary English and understand what ud bring asked for)

The only time I would travel into town specifically would be to dupplement an errand with a visit to Liz&Lill's or the cafe next to Grays. More often than not I can walk to my local shops and get the same menu or make the same myself for less.

Blackburn is just not an attractive place to visit.
[quote][p][bold]OnePostThenTheOther[/bold] wrote: Wacky-races approaches to the town with cars parked as if they have been abandoned (at an angle, front or back jutting into road, one wheel on curb) Cars racing up to lights in front of you and pulling in/out without warning. Pedestrians (adults and children) with no apparent road-sense ealiking out into road looking in opposite direction to flow of traffic. If you are lucky enough to find a parking spot it is of the most miserable proportions that it is difficult to get out of the car without touching your door against the neighbouring car let alone open them to load your shopping in. When you get into the precinct it is full of the mist miserable-looking displaced people[/p][/quote]trudging about aimlessly and with a total disregard for personal space. Then there are the gangs of asian youths walking 2/3 deep and 4/5 abreast "dead-eyeing" passers-by. If not that it somebody looking you up and down as if you are their next mugging opportunity. It's easier and more pleasant to order the same stuff off the internet delivered to your door for less than it costs in a town-centre shop in Blackburn. If we go on a shopping trip from home it could be Preston or Trafford Park or Mcr Arndale where they have more choice and where the service is better (from shop assustants who understand rudimentary English and understand what ud bring asked for) The only time I would travel into town specifically would be to dupplement an errand with a visit to Liz&Lill's or the cafe next to Grays. More often than not I can walk to my local shops and get the same menu or make the same myself for less. Blackburn is just not an attractive place to visit. OnePostThenTheOther
  • Score: 6

10:20am Sun 29 Jun 14

OnePostThenTheOther says...

P.S. How is it possible to make the mobile-UX even worse on this site than it was before it was update?

How many times does a page have to reload before it becomes stable?
P.S. How is it possible to make the mobile-UX even worse on this site than it was before it was update? How many times does a page have to reload before it becomes stable? OnePostThenTheOther
  • Score: 4

1:24pm Sun 29 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

Well-BID research group-are you going to reply to us in the LET.
I mean reply-not with politicians' answers that ignore/evade etc? ALL the points raised? Or is it the usual soundbite?
Well-BID research group-are you going to reply to us in the LET. I mean reply-not with politicians' answers that ignore/evade etc? ALL the points raised? Or is it the usual soundbite? vicn1956
  • Score: 1

12:16pm Thu 3 Jul 14

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) says...

I wont spend a penny in Blackburn , theres just a little too many FLIES and MAGGOTTS...pies and FAGGOTS, theres LICE in the rice and SLURRY in the curry ..PEE in the tea and syringes in the elevators
so many prostitutes on the multi story carpark shouting ANYONE FOR BUSINESS.. AND..oh how I hate faggots. and if only I had some fly spray
NO I think I will continue to do all my shopping at the corner shop in ribchester where when its warm ..the flies don't swarm.. thankyou
I wont spend a penny in Blackburn , theres just a little too many FLIES and MAGGOTTS...pies and FAGGOTS, theres LICE in the rice and SLURRY in the curry ..PEE in the tea and syringes in the elevators so many prostitutes on the multi story carpark shouting ANYONE FOR BUSINESS.. AND..oh how I hate faggots. and if only I had some fly spray NO I think I will continue to do all my shopping at the corner shop in ribchester where when its warm ..the flies don't swarm.. thankyou :-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)
  • Score: -2

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