Anger over plan to close Pendle Council shops

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PLANS to shut down Council Shops in Pendle have been slammed by concerned councillors.

Council chiefs are looking at closing the shops operated in Colne, Barnoldswick, Brierfield and Earby to save money.

But a Barnoldswick councillor has hit out at the idea, saying rural towns needed easier access to council services.

The shops provide a point of contact for residents about all the council’s services as well as allowing peiople to pay council tax bills.

Councillors are set to discuss plans to axe the shops, and instead implement a method of payment of bills called Allpay, which would allow residents to pay in post offices and council shops.

Coun Jenny Purcell said: “This is a crazy idea and I am furious about it. I can’t believe they are looking at closing the Council Shops.

“They are important in rural areas and give residents access to some council services without having to travel.

“We are also trying to build up Barnoldswick as a tourist town yet they want to close a service like this down. It is madness and I will be campaigning strongly against it.”

Plans to close the Brierfield and Earby Council Shops were rejected in May, but they are now set to resurface.

Dean Langton, Pendle Council’s chief finance officer, said: “Included in management team’s budget savings proposals for 2012/13 was an option to close both Brierfield and Earby Council Shops.

“This option was rejected by councillors although it was suggested that, had the proposal included an alternative method of collecting payment and delivering the services currently provided from the Council Shops, it may have been considered more favourably.

“Following on from the decision of council, further work has been undertaken to identify what alternative arrangements could be introduced in place of the Council Shops on the basis that the Council would retain only the shop in Nelson Town Centre.”

The closure of the Council Shops would save £145,000 a year. The matter will be discussed at Pendle Council’s executive meeting on Thursday.

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1:50pm Mon 17 Sep 12

HairyBowls says...

...and will you see a cut in council tax for the cutting of these services? Of course not...

The council wants MORE cash out of us all, for LESS services...a familiar tale indeed.
...and will you see a cut in council tax for the cutting of these services? Of course not... The council wants MORE cash out of us all, for LESS services...a familiar tale indeed. HairyBowls
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2:52pm Mon 17 Sep 12

KeepCalmAndCarryOn says...

Surely it is better to support Post Offices than Council Shops? Every transaction in the Barnoldswick Council Shop costs £2.46, and £4.45 in the Earby one. This way, the service remains local, and the Post Office is supported. Report here http://www.pendle.go
v.uk/egov_downloads/
Implementing_Apppay.
pdf
Surely it is better to support Post Offices than Council Shops? Every transaction in the Barnoldswick Council Shop costs £2.46, and £4.45 in the Earby one. This way, the service remains local, and the Post Office is supported. Report here http://www.pendle.go v.uk/egov_downloads/ Implementing_Apppay. pdf KeepCalmAndCarryOn
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2:59pm Mon 17 Sep 12

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

KeepCalmAndCarryOn wrote:
Surely it is better to support Post Offices than Council Shops? Every transaction in the Barnoldswick Council Shop costs £2.46, and £4.45 in the Earby one. This way, the service remains local, and the Post Office is supported. Report here http://www.pendle.go

v.uk/egov_downloads/

Implementing_Apppay.

pdf
we dont believe you unless you print online full details,not made up figures..
[quote][p][bold]KeepCalmAndCarryOn[/bold] wrote: Surely it is better to support Post Offices than Council Shops? Every transaction in the Barnoldswick Council Shop costs £2.46, and £4.45 in the Earby one. This way, the service remains local, and the Post Office is supported. Report here http://www.pendle.go v.uk/egov_downloads/ Implementing_Apppay. pdf[/p][/quote]we dont believe you unless you print online full details,not made up figures.. ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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3:09pm Mon 17 Sep 12

KeepCalmAndCarryOn says...

See here http://www.pendle.go
v.uk/egov_downloads/
Implementing_Apppay.
pdf
See here http://www.pendle.go v.uk/egov_downloads/ Implementing_Apppay. pdf KeepCalmAndCarryOn
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3:09pm Mon 17 Sep 12

bridgey2000 says...

it's exactly what's happened in Rossendale - the neighbourhood office in Haslingden closed years ago to save money. To be honest, I can't see the need for local council offices. Most, if not all, of the communication between residents and the Council can be done online and on the phone and, where face-to-face appointments are needed, they could be arranged at the workplace, home or a central Council office somewhere. And payments for an increasing number of services can be made at the local Post Office - rather than support them than see them close.
it's exactly what's happened in Rossendale - the neighbourhood office in Haslingden closed years ago to save money. To be honest, I can't see the need for local council offices. Most, if not all, of the communication between residents and the Council can be done online and on the phone and, where face-to-face appointments are needed, they could be arranged at the workplace, home or a central Council office somewhere. And payments for an increasing number of services can be made at the local Post Office - rather than support them than see them close. bridgey2000
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4:29pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Izanears says...

I would also suggest that they close Discover Pendle at Boundary Mill. It could be incorporated in Number 1 Market Street Nelson.
I would also suggest that they close Discover Pendle at Boundary Mill. It could be incorporated in Number 1 Market Street Nelson. Izanears
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8:16pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Backgammon says...

Izanears wrote:
I would also suggest that they close Discover Pendle at Boundary Mill. It could be incorporated in Number 1 Market Street Nelson.
More people visit Boundary Mill than do Number One Market Street; people from outside the Pendle area. The council wants to attract the wealthy Boundary Mill type person and not the penniless type that hangs around Nelson centre.
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: I would also suggest that they close Discover Pendle at Boundary Mill. It could be incorporated in Number 1 Market Street Nelson.[/p][/quote]More people visit Boundary Mill than do Number One Market Street; people from outside the Pendle area. The council wants to attract the wealthy Boundary Mill type person and not the penniless type that hangs around Nelson centre. Backgammon
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8:55pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Marsdogs says...

Izanears wrote:
I would also suggest that they close Discover Pendle at Boundary Mill. It could be incorporated in Number 1 Market Street Nelson.
when I told the lady who works there I was surprised it was still open, she said it was all paid for by boundary mill itself.
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: I would also suggest that they close Discover Pendle at Boundary Mill. It could be incorporated in Number 1 Market Street Nelson.[/p][/quote]when I told the lady who works there I was surprised it was still open, she said it was all paid for by boundary mill itself. Marsdogs
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11:23pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Lucy Porter 101 says...

Should have been shut years ago!

Like the empty police station...

Whether people like it or not in a decade so much stuff will be done online or using other technology that we'll laugh back at paying a fortune for these Council shops!
Should have been shut years ago! Like the empty police station... Whether people like it or not in a decade so much stuff will be done online or using other technology that we'll laugh back at paying a fortune for these Council shops! Lucy Porter 101
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4:59am Wed 19 Sep 12

coates warder says...

if its outside nelson shut it down.if its in nelson build it ,have it.i wonder if people realise we in barlick do pay council tax etc so we are entitled to it.just as much as someone in nelson .just trying to see why nelson is such a attrection.?.ghetto,
s town centre empty of shops shopping centres empty all the big stores gone,you cant walkj through nelson after dark .yes what a lovely place....NOT.always wondered why nelson gets priority with the council.
if its outside nelson shut it down.if its in nelson build it ,have it.i wonder if people realise we in barlick do pay council tax etc so we are entitled to it.just as much as someone in nelson .just trying to see why nelson is such a attrection.?.ghetto, s town centre empty of shops shopping centres empty all the big stores gone,you cant walkj through nelson after dark .yes what a lovely place....NOT.always wondered why nelson gets priority with the council. coates warder
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