£300k promised to brighten area of Brierfield

Oxford Street in Brierfield is one of the areas earmarked for improvement

Oxford Street in Brierfield is one of the areas earmarked for improvement

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

NEARLY £300,000 is to be spent on improving the Railway Street area of Brierfield.

A number of public area schemes will go ahead after funding came from the £1.33million Pendle Council received from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Among the first projects to benefit from the £280,000 will be mock windows and doors on empty homes to make them more attractive.

A similar scheme, called Bored with Boards, was launched last summer in Southfield, Nelson, while the first example was in Reed Street, Burnley, in 2011, when the scheme made national headlines.

Julie Palmer, senior regeneration officer in Pendle, said: “The schemes involve a range of public realm, environmental, open space and streetscape improvements, to create attractive, greener residential environ- ments and to create a more positive image of the area.

“Initial design proposals are currently being prepared for the individual schemes. Liaison is also taking place with LCC highway engineers, the council’s parks and locality teams.

“In order to make an early and positive impact, a ‘mock window/door art’ boarding-up project is being explored for some of the long-term vacant houses for implementation in the spring. This type of project has proved very successful in Southfield and has uplifted the street scenes.”

Other projects likely to be included are the creation of an avenue of trees near the mosque in the Sackville Street area. Further trees will be planted along the Railway Street and Bridge Street area, as well as enhancements to the bridge and improvements to the road surface. New railings and improvements to the facilities at the Sackville Street play area will also go ahead, and new benches, bins, artwork and planting will be installed at the surrounding park.

The proposals go before councillors next week and the schemes are subject to further design work, as well as costings.

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8:31pm Fri 1 Feb 13

will12 says...

Can I just let you know that this is ANOTHER WASTE OF MONEY !!!! How much does Pendle Council throw away, now theres a use for that £300k, highlight who is actually responsible for throwing Pendle's money down the toilet !!!

And just out of curiosity, why is that mosque, in the picture, never used, something wrong with the Foundation's !!!! or was it Planning !!! or is it another of Pendle's White Elephants !!! or should I just say elephants in this pc world in which we live !!!!!
Can I just let you know that this is ANOTHER WASTE OF MONEY !!!! How much does Pendle Council throw away, now theres a use for that £300k, highlight who is actually responsible for throwing Pendle's money down the toilet !!! And just out of curiosity, why is that mosque, in the picture, never used, something wrong with the Foundation's !!!! or was it Planning !!! or is it another of Pendle's White Elephants !!! or should I just say elephants in this pc world in which we live !!!!! will12
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5:00pm Sun 3 Feb 13

glossopkid says...

Why were these houses boarded up in the first place?

@Will12 have you ever been down near the mosque on a friday afternoon? I for one can tell you that , that place is packed and heaving with people. However I agree with you it's a WASTE OF MONEY TO SPEND SO MUCH FOR THE AREA TO LOOK GOOD BUT FOR HOW LONG!!!!
Why were these houses boarded up in the first place? @Will12 have you ever been down near the mosque on a friday afternoon? I for one can tell you that , that place is packed and heaving with people. However I agree with you it's a WASTE OF MONEY TO SPEND SO MUCH FOR THE AREA TO LOOK GOOD BUT FOR HOW LONG!!!! glossopkid
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7:40am Mon 4 Feb 13

coates warder says...

every week you see grants given to nelson ,brierfield...does anywhere else in pendle get grants.its the people of these two towns need to spend money on their houses dont wait for grants.but then again why not wait for a grant.pendle councill seem to give them away like sweets.pity the rest of pendle gets nowt
every week you see grants given to nelson ,brierfield...does anywhere else in pendle get grants.its the people of these two towns need to spend money on their houses dont wait for grants.but then again why not wait for a grant.pendle councill seem to give them away like sweets.pity the rest of pendle gets nowt coates warder
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12:17am Tue 5 Feb 13

lancashirelass100 says...

What's the point in spending money there. Who's going to live there?
What's the point in spending money there. Who's going to live there? lancashirelass100
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7:49pm Wed 13 Feb 13

cj00 says...

The problem is that these run down properties are owned by 'outsiders'. Mainly people who live down south. They purchased these properties during the housing boom, thinking that the boom will continue and they will make a quick and easy profit. Un-fortuanetly the boom bubble bust, so they have been left with these properties, which have been left to rot. If you try to purchase one (which I have tried) the owners ask for silly amounts of money, £50k plus! for a rotten, delapidated property. The council cannot force them to sell, which is a major problem. Also the council cannot knock them down, because some do-gooder organisation down south, says it is something to do with 'heritage'. Why don't they (the do-gooders) purchase these properties, if they are so keen and do them up. And while they are at it they can come and live here and experience the area(s) for themselves. There is no heritage left in these areas, as all the textile industry has been exported, local businessess are struggling, due to the supermarkets and there are not that many jobs, especially since the tories are overhauling the public sector.
The problem is that these run down properties are owned by 'outsiders'. Mainly people who live down south. They purchased these properties during the housing boom, thinking that the boom will continue and they will make a quick and easy profit. Un-fortuanetly the boom bubble bust, so they have been left with these properties, which have been left to rot. If you try to purchase one (which I have tried) the owners ask for silly amounts of money, £50k plus! for a rotten, delapidated property. The council cannot force them to sell, which is a major problem. Also the council cannot knock them down, because some do-gooder organisation down south, says it is something to do with 'heritage'. Why don't they (the do-gooders) purchase these properties, if they are so keen and do them up. And while they are at it they can come and live here and experience the area(s) for themselves. There is no heritage left in these areas, as all the textile industry has been exported, local businessess are struggling, due to the supermarkets and there are not that many jobs, especially since the tories are overhauling the public sector. cj00
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