Brierfield council prepares to take over buildings

Brierfield Town Hall had faced closure

Brierfield Town Hall had faced closure

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by

TWO iconic buildings in Brierfield are set to be taken over by the town council.

Around 100 people attended a public meeting on Wednesday night to discuss the future of the town hall and community centre.

The town hall had been due to shut at the end of June, and the future of the community centre also looked uncertain as Pendle Council looked to make savings to ensure it receives a £1million efficiency support grant from the Government.

But now the town council has agreed to step in and has opened discussions with Pendle Council to try to reach a deal that would see it take over the running of both buildings.

Coun Mohammed Hanif, a Brierfield town councillor and Reedley borough councillor, said: “There was a great turnout at the meeting and it looks quite positive.

“We are talking to Pendle Council to try to transfer both buildings to the town council.

“It is a big commitment, but we want to see these buildings stay open and available for use by the people of Brierfield, so the town council has agreed to step in and do what we can.”

Trawden Community Centre was also threatened with closure at the end of June, but residents have come together to form a committee to try to take over the running of that venue.

Coun Hanif said that the next step would involve forming a management committee to look at the running of both venues.

Coun Mohammed Iqbal, who helped organise the meeting, said: “It was standing room only, people were stood up out into the corridors. It shows that there is a strong will to make sure these two facilities stay open.”

Coun Joe Cooney, leader of Pendle Council, said: “I am pleased with the outcome of the meeting.

“I am glad the town council are finally talking to us and hopefully we can find a solution for the future of the town hall and community centre.”

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7:36pm Sat 26 Apr 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

if it costs the people of pendle anything close them both but if pendle councillors want them they can pay out of their own pockets
if it costs the people of pendle anything close them both but if pendle councillors want them they can pay out of their own pockets ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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9:44pm Sat 26 Apr 14

fedup with your lies says...

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
if it costs the people of pendle anything close them both but if pendle councillors want them they can pay out of their own pockets
In agreement with the above comment.

Can some1 from Brierfield let us know what is actually happening in these 2 buildings and if they are making enough money through hiring etc.

Has the telegraph got photos of the meeting and how many people attended or were they just family members or is this figure just made up by plucking a number from thin air.
[quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: if it costs the people of pendle anything close them both but if pendle councillors want them they can pay out of their own pockets[/p][/quote]In agreement with the above comment. Can some1 from Brierfield let us know what is actually happening in these 2 buildings and if they are making enough money through hiring etc. Has the telegraph got photos of the meeting and how many people attended or were they just family members or is this figure just made up by plucking a number from thin air. fedup with your lies
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11:00am Sun 27 Apr 14

coates warder says...

barnoldswick town council has taken over the running of the toilets in the town from pbc and is now costing every council tax payer 103.8% more on the precept part of the tax .on average around £18 a year to every household in the town .now they are talking about taking over the civic hall that is not making money and again will add a massive hike in the tax again what people just cant afford. these town coun. have not asked the people of barnoldswick if we wanted we just got told we are taking them over and you are paying for them. nowt but a back door tax along with the green bin fiasco
barnoldswick town council has taken over the running of the toilets in the town from pbc and is now costing every council tax payer 103.8% more on the precept part of the tax .on average around £18 a year to every household in the town .now they are talking about taking over the civic hall that is not making money and again will add a massive hike in the tax again what people just cant afford. these town coun. have not asked the people of barnoldswick if we wanted we just got told we are taking them over and you are paying for them. nowt but a back door tax along with the green bin fiasco coates warder
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3:49pm Thu 1 May 14

trajan says...

All so the Brierfield mini mafia can carry on their little fiefdom.
All so the Brierfield mini mafia can carry on their little fiefdom. trajan
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