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Takeaway may be opened in historic Rawtenstall building
3:37pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
A TAKEAWAY could be opened in one of the best known buildings in Rawtenstall.
Part of the Heritage Arcade next to the bus station in Bacup Road, could be demolished in the revamp proposed by letting agency Hurstwood.
Kathy Fishwick, secretary of Rossendale Civic Trust, said the building’s exterior ‘has to be treated sensitively’.
The building, lying within the Rawtenstall Town Centre Conservation Area, opened as the Picture House cinema in December 1920 when it held more than 1,300 people.
It closed and re-opened as a cinema a further three times and has since been used as a shopping mall, snooker club, and storage house.
It was once considered to be the favourite site for the town’s long-awaited new bus station.
Hurstwood has applied to change the use of part of the building, which is not listed, from retail to hot food takeaway.
It also wants to erect a new accessibility platform and ramps at the rear leading to Longholme Road.
In a statement, the firm said: “The important historic context of Bacup Road is appreciated, and the design of the proposals is sympathetic.”
Ms Fishwick said that while the Civic Trust had not yet met to discuss the application by Hurstwood, her personal view was: “Get the building back in use.”
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