Barrowford iconic building set for refurbishment

ONE of the most iconic buildings in Barrowford is set to be opened as a community centre within months.

Barrowford Parish Council is to take ownership of Holmefield House, in Gisburn Road, in a matter of days with contracts being exchanged with Pendle Council.

A management group for the building has already been set up to look at running the community centre and to see what community groups and activities can be housed there.

Coun John Pope, chairman of the parish council, said: “The contracts were originally due to be exchanged before Christmas but there was a hitch over gas and electricity certificates, which has now been sorted out.

“The planning to open it as a community centre is well under way. As soon as the building is in our control and is usable, things will start happening. There is work that needs carrying out but it’s nothing major and all the funding is in place for it.”

Funding has been secured from the Barrowford and Western Parishes area committee (£20,000), National Lottery’s Awards for All scheme (£9,800) and Lancashire County Council funds (£800).

That will help to pay for refurbishment of the kitchen and new tables and chairs for the community and meeting area.

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Barrowford Luncheon Club, which is currently run at the Civic Hall, will be one of the first groups to move into the centre.

Coun Pope said: “It is such a prominent building in Barrowford and it really is a very positive acquisition.

“I think it will take a few months for things to settle down but in the long term it will run for years and will be the main meeting place for the area for years to come.

"I think it is going to be a fantastic facility.”

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4:58pm Thu 12 Jan 12

Izanears says...

This building was 'stolen' by from Barrowford by Pendle council some years ago, and now Barrowford council have been stupid enough to 'buy' it back for £250,000. This will put £5.00 extra per year for virtually ever, on to Barrowford residents tax bill. We already have the highest tax bill in Pendle so heaven only knows what it will be in the future.
This building was 'stolen' by from Barrowford by Pendle council some years ago, and now Barrowford council have been stupid enough to 'buy' it back for £250,000. This will put £5.00 extra per year for virtually ever, on to Barrowford residents tax bill. We already have the highest tax bill in Pendle so heaven only knows what it will be in the future. Izanears

7:34am Fri 13 Jan 12

AndyBarrowford says...

Izanears wrote:
This building was 'stolen' by from Barrowford by Pendle council some years ago, and now Barrowford council have been stupid enough to 'buy' it back for £250,000. This will put £5.00 extra per year for virtually ever, on to Barrowford residents tax bill. We already have the highest tax bill in Pendle so heaven only knows what it will be in the future.
I'd just like to point out that if you refer to documents in the public domain, on the Barrowford Parish website (barrowford.net), you will find that Pendle did not "steal" Holmefiled House, the sum paid by the Parish Council is £50K (paid over 6 years) and that the addition to the tax bill will be, on average, £4.46/year (that's less than 3 pints of our MP's beer per year). It seems to be pretty well supported by people I speak with in the village. I'd call it a marvellous opportunity!
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: This building was 'stolen' by from Barrowford by Pendle council some years ago, and now Barrowford council have been stupid enough to 'buy' it back for £250,000. This will put £5.00 extra per year for virtually ever, on to Barrowford residents tax bill. We already have the highest tax bill in Pendle so heaven only knows what it will be in the future.[/p][/quote]I'd just like to point out that if you refer to documents in the public domain, on the Barrowford Parish website (barrowford.net), you will find that Pendle did not "steal" Holmefiled House, the sum paid by the Parish Council is £50K (paid over 6 years) and that the addition to the tax bill will be, on average, £4.46/year (that's less than 3 pints of our MP's beer per year). It seems to be pretty well supported by people I speak with in the village. I'd call it a marvellous opportunity! AndyBarrowford

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