ONE of the oldest buildings in Pendle is set to get extra security measures to protect it from vandal attacks.

Councillors are recommended to grant planning permission for plastic security glazing on nine windows at the front of Colne Parish Church when they meet on Thursday.

Permission is also expected to be given for a metal cage to make steps at the back of the building to the boilerhouse safer and deter drug users from congregating there.

A report by planning officer Alison French to the council's Colne area committee said the windows had been targeted by stone-throwing vandals despite floodlighting.

She added: "There is strong justification for these proposals which are needed to protect the appearance of this listed building in a prominent location within Colne's conservation area as well as partly for health and safety reasons."

Other windows at the back of the church are already protected by polycarbonate glazing.

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