Little Harwood residents ready to go on the warpath

Little Harwood residents ready to go on the warpath

The two static caravans and the overgrown footpath at the end of Bank Hey Lane South

The two static caravans and the overgrown footpath at the end of Bank Hey Lane South

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

HOUSEHOLDERS in Little Harwood will hold a public meeting, attended by council chiefs, on Thursday to discuss the deterioration of their local environment.

The organisers hope to set up a residents’ association for Bank Hey, Sunny Bower and Stonehill to look after the area.

Liz and Bob Lawson of Bank Hey Lane South have called the meeting after a footpath at the end of the lane became overgrown.

They are concerned about the way Blackburn with Darwen Council has handled new development at the end of the pathway with lorries using the lane on a regular basis.

The circular advertising the meeting at Little Harwood Community Centre at 6pm on Thursday asks for residents to attend ‘to show your interest in finding a solution for the present problem with the formation of a residents association’.

It highlights the confusion over whether the end of Bank Hey Lane South is a footpath or a highway, and concern that while the end section remains a footpath that is marked off by bollards, the remainder has become a vehicle thoroughfare. The calling notice says: “The public ‘pathway’ is now widened, allowing for the passage of lorries and other heavily-laden vehicles, resulting mud and piles of earth spoiling what is still a public walkway.”

It says when 4.75 acres of land was privately-sold three years councillors assured residents that ‘not a dog kennel would be permitted and certainly no-one could reside there’. Since then part has been tarmacced and two static homes and a hen shed had appeared and the grassy path alongside the playing field fenced off and become ‘overgrown’.

The circular adds: “If you are concerned about the change in the quality of our local environment, the loss of amenities and the risk to the safety of the many of us who use the area for pleasure, dog-walking as a route to schools, work etc, show your interest by attending the meeting.”

Little Harwood councillor Pat McFall said: “I shall be attending the meeting on Thursday.

“I am aware of local residents concerns and I am hopeful all the problems can be resolved amicably.

“Setting up a residents association seems a good idea. There has been a successful one at Roe Lee for many years.”

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4:11pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Benpupdog says...

I've said this in the Telegraph 1000 times, IT'S NOT BUILDINGS THAT RUN AREAS DOWN AND MAKE SLUMS IT'S THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THEM.
I've said this in the Telegraph 1000 times, IT'S NOT BUILDINGS THAT RUN AREAS DOWN AND MAKE SLUMS IT'S THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THEM. Benpupdog
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8:01pm Sun 16 Feb 14

j166429 says...

Since when is Sunny bower part of Little Harwood?

@benpupdog Firstly I wouldn't call Sunny bower a "slum" and secondly, this has nothing to with the "people that live" there!
Since when is Sunny bower part of Little Harwood? @benpupdog Firstly I wouldn't call Sunny bower a "slum" and secondly, this has nothing to with the "people that live" there! j166429
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8:57pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Bburn1 says...

Glad to read that action is being taken, a beautiful area for all but is slowly being ruined by the owner of this land, would like to know what there intentions actually are for this land because to me its just looks like a dumping ground at the moment.
Glad to read that action is being taken, a beautiful area for all but is slowly being ruined by the owner of this land, would like to know what there intentions actually are for this land because to me its just looks like a dumping ground at the moment. Bburn1
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