No cash left for alley gates in Blackburn with Darwen

No cash left for alley gates in Blackburn with Darwen

No cash left for alley gates in Blackburn with Darwen

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

RESIDENTS wanting their back alleys gated have been told there is no point applying to Blackburn with Darwen council as the cash has run out.

Borough housing boss Yusuf Jan-Virmani revealed that the number of applications far exceeded the £100,000 budget for the popular scheme so it had been closed to new requests.

Tory group Leader Mike Lee responded to the news, delivered to Thursday’s executive board, by demanding an increase the money available to seal off back streets.

Coun Jan-Virmani was discussing the three latest applications for alley-gating from the six-year-old scheme brought in by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition in 2008.

It originally had a budget of £100,000 increased to £200,000 before they lost control in 2010.

Coun Jan-Virmani confirmed the borough had received 70 new applications to seal off back streets since April 1 but there is only enough cash in the budget for the financial year to pay for 20.

The scheme has proved a success in tackling fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour and crime.

Coun Jan-Virmani said: “We cannot accept any more applications.

“I will be bringing an item to executive board closing the scheme for 2014/2015.

“It has been very successful and I hope it can be continued next year, but we need to look at other causes of the behaviour it deals with.

“There is no point in accepting any more applications this financial year as there is no money in the budget even if they meet the criteria.”

Coun Lee said: “They should promptly increase the budget back to £200,000.

“This is a very popular and cost effective scheme.

“Labour’s finance boss Andy Kay promised to scrap the scheme when they won back power in 2010.

“He is now trying to do this through the back door.”

Coun Kay said: “We did not say we would scrap the scheme.

“There is a budget of £100,000 for it. We are trying to live within our means as every council has to.”

The three petitions, which were all declined, are from residents in Downham Street on the Audley/Queen’s Park border, Winmarleigh Street, Audley Range, and Coniston Road, Little Harwood.

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6:18pm Sat 16 Aug 14

jimpy0 says...

Even with the gates alleys are full of demic cars and rubbish, its the scum already in the houses not the fly tippers and chancers.
Even with the gates alleys are full of demic cars and rubbish, its the scum already in the houses not the fly tippers and chancers. jimpy0
  • Score: 37

6:27pm Sat 16 Aug 14

barryinthailand says...

Downham Street must have been washed away from its original position in Wensley Fold.
Downham Street must have been washed away from its original position in Wensley Fold. barryinthailand
  • Score: 10

7:26pm Sat 16 Aug 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

If you want them that badly, chip in and all contribute.
If you want them that badly, chip in and all contribute. HelmshoreBoy
  • Score: 27

8:52pm Sat 16 Aug 14

the beaver says...

Why does Yusuf Jan-Virmani not sponsor one and put signs on advertising his business. And rally round big businesses in Blackburn to do the same. These councillors are useless can they not use there initiatives instead of doing it to line their own pockets. Its all me me me with this lot. Get off your backsides and do something for the community and then you might be worth a vote but I will not hold my breath. Does the councillors expenses budget ever run out? Find the money that is what your paid for oh no I forgot this lots only idea was to put everything on the countries credit card. Now since labour maxed them out they have no idea.
Why does Yusuf Jan-Virmani not sponsor one and put signs on advertising his business. And rally round big businesses in Blackburn to do the same. These councillors are useless can they not use there initiatives instead of doing it to line their own pockets. Its all me me me with this lot. Get off your backsides and do something for the community and then you might be worth a vote but I will not hold my breath. Does the councillors expenses budget ever run out? Find the money that is what your paid for oh no I forgot this lots only idea was to put everything on the countries credit card. Now since labour maxed them out they have no idea. the beaver
  • Score: 24

10:48pm Sat 16 Aug 14

soap opera says...

we asked for one years ago when they first started and got told we could not have one because the builders had (done a runner)before they had completed the site to council standards
we asked for one years ago when they first started and got told we could not have one because the builders had (done a runner)before they had completed the site to council standards soap opera
  • Score: 9

12:58am Sun 17 Aug 14

EDL make me laugh says...

You want if pay for it
Why should it come out if funding
You want if pay for it Why should it come out if funding EDL make me laugh
  • Score: 11

3:59pm Wed 20 Aug 14

We'll win the next one says...

EDL make me laugh wrote:
You want if pay for it Why should it come out if funding
****, the i and o key are too close ?
[quote][p][bold]EDL make me laugh[/bold] wrote: You want if pay for it Why should it come out if funding[/p][/quote]****, the i and o key are too close ? We'll win the next one
  • Score: 3

2:10pm Fri 22 Aug 14

ConcernedOssy says...

"Cash run out !! now there's a surprise !!! And I thought BwD were so thrifty !! Lol
"Cash run out !! now there's a surprise !!! And I thought BwD were so thrifty !! Lol ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 8

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