A CAMPAIGN to save Pendle’s historic Brierfield Mills has been launched after the listed building’s deterioration reached ‘crisis point’.

An urgent summit meeting has been held to discuss the future of the Glen Way Mill, after bids to secure Regional Growth Fund investment or a University Technical College for the site failed.

In 2009, the landmark was set to be converted into a large Islamic school for girls but talks with the owner, Islamic Help, crumbled when the plan was scrapped and the building left to deteriorate.

Pendle Council chief Stephen Barnes said: “Brierfield Mills should not be allowed to deteriorate any longer. We feel strongly that we must intervene and start new plans to help Brierfield Mills once again provide jobs and boost our local economy.”

The future for the mill now looks bright after the steering group includ-ing representatives of Lancashire County Council, Regenerate Pennine Lancashire, the national Homes and Communities Agency, Pennine Lanca-shire and Pendle Council’s own regeneration company Pearl2, agreed to take action to regenerate the whole site with a mix of business, housing and retail.

Dennis Mendoros, chairman Pendle Vision Board, said: “It’s vital that options for this important and at-risk building are considered.”