Plans to turn Farnworth Veterans Club into shops and a restaurant

The Bolton News: Plans to turn Farnworth Veterans Club into shops and a restaurant Plans to turn Farnworth Veterans Club into shops and a restaurant

THE former Farnworth Veterans Club could be transformed into shops and a restaurant.

Plans have been submitted by developer Paul Riley, who recently bought the two-storey club in Brackley Street for £75,000.

Mr Riley wants to build six retail units on the ground floor and a restaurant on the first floor.

The inside of the club has been stripped of its fixtures and fittings and, if the application is approved, work could start within the next three months.

An agent, who works with Mr Riley and spoke on his behalf, says there is the demand for a facility like this.

He added: “This will bring local and national retailers to Farnworth and make the town stronger.

“The club is an affordable retail space for prospective retailers and they will bring something new to Farnworth.

“With the redevelopment of Farnworth Market, there are going to be a lot of traders who are moved on, so we are looking to accommodate them.

“Talks are still in early stages, but they have been positive so far.”

Cllr Noel Spencer, who represents Farnworth, predicts the plans will re-galvanise the town.

He said: “It will help to regenerate the Brackley Street area, which is in need of major improvement.

“The whole area is part and parcel of the masterplan to regenerate the town, which is very important for Farnworth. Development of the town is going well.

“It was a very sad loss to the community when Farnworth Veterans Club closed — it was a place where a lot of people had some fantastic evenings.

“But to see it is not being left to ruin and that some investment is being made is a good thing, and I am sure a lot of the old members will be pleased to see it being used.”

Farnworth Veterans Club, which was set up during the First World War for ex-serviceman, closed in January after the majority of its members voted for its closure.

Bill Raynor was a member of Farnworth Veterans Club for 45 years.

He said: “I think it’s scandalous. It makes me very upset to see the club like this — it breaks my heart, to be honest.

“People won’t be interested in new restaurants and retail units in Brackley Street, because it’s too far out of town.

“The community spirit in Farnworth is completely gone. Men like me have got nowhere to go since the club closed down.“ Bill Collison, who was involved with the club since his childhood, added: “I don’t personally think retail units and a restaurant will do well.

“The people who went to the member’s club aren’t the type to go to a restaurant — it would have done better as something else.”

Residents had mixed views about the proposed development.

Nicola Townsend, aged 36, of Lucas Street, Farnworth, said: “I don’t think we need any more restaurants or shops in Farnworth, because there’s plenty already.

“The club needs regenerating, but not into what’s been proposed. Something for the children would be a better idea.”

Maureen Grady, of St Germain Street, Farnworth, added: “A restaurant is a very good idea, but I don’t think the shops will do well.”

John Hooley, aged 69, of Severn Way, Kearsley, said: “It could bring more people to the town, as more shops mean more business. It just depends on what the shops are. But at least the club is being used for something.”

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1:22pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Donkey Stone says...

Come on Bill Collison, you are still a member of Kearsley and Ringley Conservative club. You can still go there. The "Vets" has had it's day, time to move on.
Come on Bill Collison, you are still a member of Kearsley and Ringley Conservative club. You can still go there. The "Vets" has had it's day, time to move on. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 5

4:03pm Mon 21 Apr 14

stantheman133 says...

Farnworth has never been the same since "Blighty's" closed down. That was a club that brought a lot of people to the town. Can't see a restaurant taking off in this location. The town needs people with money not another possible curry house.
Farnworth has never been the same since "Blighty's" closed down. That was a club that brought a lot of people to the town. Can't see a restaurant taking off in this location. The town needs people with money not another possible curry house. stantheman133
  • Score: 13

5:13pm Mon 21 Apr 14

arrian says...

Bill Raynor has got it spot on. Farnworth was killed off a long time ago, and a few more shops won't bring it back to life. and as for a restaurant, i doubt it will last 6 months. we don't even have a market anymore, so it will take a lot more than this idea to get people back into Farnworth.
Bill Raynor has got it spot on. Farnworth was killed off a long time ago, and a few more shops won't bring it back to life. and as for a restaurant, i doubt it will last 6 months. we don't even have a market anymore, so it will take a lot more than this idea to get people back into Farnworth. arrian
  • Score: 4

5:33pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Lisacoote says...

arrian wrote:
Bill Raynor has got it spot on. Farnworth was killed off a long time ago, and a few more shops won't bring it back to life. and as for a restaurant, i doubt it will last 6 months. we don't even have a market anymore, so it will take a lot more than this idea to get people back into Farnworth.
Oh well let's just leave it derelict and let the kids set fire to it! God knows why anybody tries to do anything in Farnworth! I wouldn't waste your hard earned money Paul Riley no one appreciates it anyway.
Moan moan bloody moan.
[quote][p][bold]arrian[/bold] wrote: Bill Raynor has got it spot on. Farnworth was killed off a long time ago, and a few more shops won't bring it back to life. and as for a restaurant, i doubt it will last 6 months. we don't even have a market anymore, so it will take a lot more than this idea to get people back into Farnworth.[/p][/quote]Oh well let's just leave it derelict and let the kids set fire to it! God knows why anybody tries to do anything in Farnworth! I wouldn't waste your hard earned money Paul Riley no one appreciates it anyway. Moan moan bloody moan. Lisacoote
  • Score: 5

8:26pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Donkey Stone says...

Lisacoote wrote:
arrian wrote:
Bill Raynor has got it spot on. Farnworth was killed off a long time ago, and a few more shops won't bring it back to life. and as for a restaurant, i doubt it will last 6 months. we don't even have a market anymore, so it will take a lot more than this idea to get people back into Farnworth.
Oh well let's just leave it derelict and let the kids set fire to it! God knows why anybody tries to do anything in Farnworth! I wouldn't waste your hard earned money Paul Riley no one appreciates it anyway.
Moan moan bloody moan.
Now now Lisa, please register your interest.
[quote][p][bold]Lisacoote[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arrian[/bold] wrote: Bill Raynor has got it spot on. Farnworth was killed off a long time ago, and a few more shops won't bring it back to life. and as for a restaurant, i doubt it will last 6 months. we don't even have a market anymore, so it will take a lot more than this idea to get people back into Farnworth.[/p][/quote]Oh well let's just leave it derelict and let the kids set fire to it! God knows why anybody tries to do anything in Farnworth! I wouldn't waste your hard earned money Paul Riley no one appreciates it anyway. Moan moan bloody moan.[/p][/quote]Now now Lisa, please register your interest. Donkey Stone
  • Score: -1

12:41am Tue 22 Apr 14

mr.mark.c says...

I want a Maccy D's :)
I want a Maccy D's :) mr.mark.c
  • Score: 5

1:56am Tue 22 Apr 14

Reality50 says...

The restaurant they are talking about is not some flash indian one,but a McDonald's. It has been known for over a year that McDonald's are looking for a site in Farnworth as according to its Facebook page,Farnworth is one the biggest places in England without one.
The restaurant they are talking about is not some flash indian one,but a McDonald's. It has been known for over a year that McDonald's are looking for a site in Farnworth as according to its Facebook page,Farnworth is one the biggest places in England without one. Reality50
  • Score: 7

8:32am Tue 22 Apr 14

mary reay says...

People won't think , oh let's go to that new restaurant, in Farnworth , the place is a shambles scruffy, also I predict the same £1 shops selling rubbish will be be set up in there, market street is the same ,I've lived here all my life and the center of Farnworth is depressing..no decent shops will ever be in the town :(
People won't think , oh let's go to that new restaurant, in Farnworth , the place is a shambles scruffy, also I predict the same £1 shops selling rubbish will be be set up in there, market street is the same ,I've lived here all my life and the center of Farnworth is depressing..no decent shops will ever be in the town :( mary reay
  • Score: 4

9:24am Tue 22 Apr 14

PDY says...

Donkey Stone wrote:
Come on Bill Collison, you are still a member of Kearsley and Ringley Conservative club. You can still go there. The "Vets" has had it's day, time to move on.
Bill Collinson will drink anywhere where it is cheap beer. As a former Liberal Councillor I am amazed he has the nerve to drink in a Labour or Conservative club. Political opportunist springs to mind.
[quote][p][bold]Donkey Stone[/bold] wrote: Come on Bill Collison, you are still a member of Kearsley and Ringley Conservative club. You can still go there. The "Vets" has had it's day, time to move on.[/p][/quote]Bill Collinson will drink anywhere where it is cheap beer. As a former Liberal Councillor I am amazed he has the nerve to drink in a Labour or Conservative club. Political opportunist springs to mind. PDY
  • Score: 1

11:11am Tue 22 Apr 14

jabba42 says...

ok let me get this right.

the place is currently derelict. so any use is better than this. also how about all the work that the refurbishment will bring ?

but hey political dudes why not just use it as a chance to run each other down. when is the last time you did something positive for farnworth
ok let me get this right. the place is currently derelict. so any use is better than this. also how about all the work that the refurbishment will bring ? but hey political dudes why not just use it as a chance to run each other down. when is the last time you did something positive for farnworth jabba42
  • Score: 6

11:43am Tue 22 Apr 14

Donkey Stone says...

PDY wrote:
Donkey Stone wrote:
Come on Bill Collison, you are still a member of Kearsley and Ringley Conservative club. You can still go there. The "Vets" has had it's day, time to move on.
Bill Collinson will drink anywhere where it is cheap beer. As a former Liberal Councillor I am amazed he has the nerve to drink in a Labour or Conservative club. Political opportunist springs to mind.
I know Bill quite well. Whwn he was a councillor he wasn't afraid of speaking his mind no matter who he upset. Not like our glorious local labour shower. I don't vote for either of them by the way.
[quote][p][bold]PDY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Donkey Stone[/bold] wrote: Come on Bill Collison, you are still a member of Kearsley and Ringley Conservative club. You can still go there. The "Vets" has had it's day, time to move on.[/p][/quote]Bill Collinson will drink anywhere where it is cheap beer. As a former Liberal Councillor I am amazed he has the nerve to drink in a Labour or Conservative club. Political opportunist springs to mind.[/p][/quote]I know Bill quite well. Whwn he was a councillor he wasn't afraid of speaking his mind no matter who he upset. Not like our glorious local labour shower. I don't vote for either of them by the way. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 1

12:08pm Tue 22 Apr 14

HOOSIER says...

Donkey Stone wrote:
Come on Bill Collison, you are still a member of Kearsley and Ringley Conservative club. You can still go there. The "Vets" has had it's day, time to move on.
Wheres bill collison's comment I cant see it ?
[quote][p][bold]Donkey Stone[/bold] wrote: Come on Bill Collison, you are still a member of Kearsley and Ringley Conservative club. You can still go there. The "Vets" has had it's day, time to move on.[/p][/quote]Wheres bill collison's comment I cant see it ? HOOSIER
  • Score: 0

2:42pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Donkey Stone says...

HOOSIER wrote:
Donkey Stone wrote:
Come on Bill Collison, you are still a member of Kearsley and Ringley Conservative club. You can still go there. The "Vets" has had it's day, time to move on.
Wheres bill collison's comment I cant see it ?
Just below Bill Raynors.
[quote][p][bold]HOOSIER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Donkey Stone[/bold] wrote: Come on Bill Collison, you are still a member of Kearsley and Ringley Conservative club. You can still go there. The "Vets" has had it's day, time to move on.[/p][/quote]Wheres bill collison's comment I cant see it ?[/p][/quote]Just below Bill Raynors. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 0

7:11pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Seven odd says...

Lisacoote wrote:
arrian wrote:
Bill Raynor has got it spot on. Farnworth was killed off a long time ago, and a few more shops won't bring it back to life. and as for a restaurant, i doubt it will last 6 months. we don't even have a market anymore, so it will take a lot more than this idea to get people back into Farnworth.
Oh well let's just leave it derelict and let the kids set fire to it! God knows why anybody tries to do anything in Farnworth! I wouldn't waste your hard earned money Paul Riley no one appreciates it anyway.
Moan moan bloody moan.
Coffee shop dry cleaners phone shop Internet cafe designer baby clothes subway taxi rank all on ground floor . First floor maybe sum thing like Olympus grill in bolton with a lft installed, ideas just need a little thinking about and support!!
[quote][p][bold]Lisacoote[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arrian[/bold] wrote: Bill Raynor has got it spot on. Farnworth was killed off a long time ago, and a few more shops won't bring it back to life. and as for a restaurant, i doubt it will last 6 months. we don't even have a market anymore, so it will take a lot more than this idea to get people back into Farnworth.[/p][/quote]Oh well let's just leave it derelict and let the kids set fire to it! God knows why anybody tries to do anything in Farnworth! I wouldn't waste your hard earned money Paul Riley no one appreciates it anyway. Moan moan bloody moan.[/p][/quote]Coffee shop dry cleaners phone shop Internet cafe designer baby clothes subway taxi rank all on ground floor . First floor maybe sum thing like Olympus grill in bolton with a lft installed, ideas just need a little thinking about and support!! Seven odd
  • Score: 0

7:12pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Seven odd says...

Coffee shop dry cleaners phone shop Internet cafe designer baby clothes subway taxi rank all on ground floor . First floor maybe sum thing like Olympus grill in bolton with a lft installed, ideas just need a little thinking about and support!!
Coffee shop dry cleaners phone shop Internet cafe designer baby clothes subway taxi rank all on ground floor . First floor maybe sum thing like Olympus grill in bolton with a lft installed, ideas just need a little thinking about and support!! Seven odd
  • Score: 0

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