Call to regenerate Accrington’s ‘gateway’

REPORT Council leader Miles Parkinson said plans to explore other options were already under way

REPORT Council leader Miles Parkinson said plans to explore other options were already under way

First published in North West The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

CAMPAIGNERS have said proposals are needed to regenerate a ‘gateway site’ after landmark mosque plans fell through.

Accrington Business and Residents’ Association is hoping to see exciting new proposals regarding the prominent Steiner Street and Hyndburn Road site.

The site, at Accrington’s gateway from the motorway, has for the last three years been earmarked for a major new Hyndburn mosque.

However, Hyndburn Borough Council recently over-turned this long-held decision over concerns the ‘prime site’ would lose income for the borough if used as a place of worship.

Now cabinet councillors have rubber-stamped an agreement between themselves and mosque lead-ers to, instead, develop the borough’s new mosque at Grimshaw Street.

With plans for a Hyndburn Road mosque dead in the water, the association said other options could now be explored.

The group, which opposed the mosque option, said it now hoped to see the full commercial benefit of the site made use of.

Spokesman for the group David Hardman said: “The association has proposals which we shall continue to discuss with the council.

“In these tough economic times the council needs to generate as much income as possible and not waste ratepayers money as the former plan would have done.

“The right option needs to yield as much income as possible but, at the same time, represent Hyn-dburn in a positive light as a place which has a bright and forward-thinking future, but with an interesting and admirable history.

“We are satisfied that a compromise decision has been found that allows the development of a new mosque at Grimshaw Street.

“This was a difficult decision and a controversial process, but we applaud the way it has been dealt with in an objective and non-political way.”

Leader of the council Miles Parkinson said plans to explore other options were already under way.

He said: “What will happen now is that a report is being prepared which will go before before cabinet in due course, before it goes out for public consultation.

“In these times of austerity, we do need to see an income stream from this site and we do want to promote business and employment in the borough. That’s my lay opinion, but we will see what the consultation tells us about people’s preferences.”

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6:39pm Fri 11 Jan 13

vicn1956 says...

They do love their phrases!
In no way travelling into Accrington would you go along or go anywhere near Steiner Street.
GATEWAY????????
They do love their phrases! In no way travelling into Accrington would you go along or go anywhere near Steiner Street. GATEWAY???????? vicn1956
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8:40pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Venomp says...

They were on about this 10 years ago and Blackburn road 20 years ago
Rubbish council
They were on about this 10 years ago and Blackburn road 20 years ago Rubbish council Venomp
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9:42pm Fri 11 Jan 13

stop changing facts to suit you says...

I am confused? How many Mosques are needed? There is already a 3 storey half built one on Higher Antley Street, off Willows Lane. What's that alll about?
There is already a Mosque on Grimshaw Street.
Steiner St. houses had been knocked down for regeneration. Mosque's don't regenerate areas nor bring income.
Look forward to finding out what the consultation will bring in. I hope it will be borough-wide process with public meetings rather than online and hidden within the HBC website for a short time only..
I am confused? How many Mosques are needed? There is already a 3 storey half built one on Higher Antley Street, off Willows Lane. What's that alll about? There is already a Mosque on Grimshaw Street. Steiner St. houses had been knocked down for regeneration. Mosque's don't regenerate areas nor bring income. Look forward to finding out what the consultation will bring in. I hope it will be borough-wide process with public meetings rather than online and hidden within the HBC website for a short time only.. stop changing facts to suit you
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10:45pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Marsdener says...

stop changing facts to suit you wrote:
I am confused? How many Mosques are needed? There is already a 3 storey half built one on Higher Antley Street, off Willows Lane. What's that alll about?
There is already a Mosque on Grimshaw Street.
Steiner St. houses had been knocked down for regeneration. Mosque's don't regenerate areas nor bring income.
Look forward to finding out what the consultation will bring in. I hope it will be borough-wide process with public meetings rather than online and hidden within the HBC website for a short time only..
The Mosque on Higher Antley Strret (prefer to use the word 'under construction' rather then 'half built') is on a site where a Mosque has been operating for 35-40 years and was demolished to make way for a building with better facilities.

Yes, there is also one on Grimshaw Street again in a converted building and I presume that given the clearance in that area some land will be sold for them.

Mosques/Church's/Com
munity Centres/etc don't bring income but I know what I would rather see a piece of land utilised for something rather then nothing (the huge swathe of land in West Accrington anyone that has been turfed over and left following an expensive acquisition process?)
[quote][p][bold]stop changing facts to suit you[/bold] wrote: I am confused? How many Mosques are needed? There is already a 3 storey half built one on Higher Antley Street, off Willows Lane. What's that alll about? There is already a Mosque on Grimshaw Street. Steiner St. houses had been knocked down for regeneration. Mosque's don't regenerate areas nor bring income. Look forward to finding out what the consultation will bring in. I hope it will be borough-wide process with public meetings rather than online and hidden within the HBC website for a short time only..[/p][/quote]The Mosque on Higher Antley Strret (prefer to use the word 'under construction' rather then 'half built') is on a site where a Mosque has been operating for 35-40 years and was demolished to make way for a building with better facilities. Yes, there is also one on Grimshaw Street again in a converted building and I presume that given the clearance in that area some land will be sold for them. Mosques/Church's/Com munity Centres/etc don't bring income but I know what I would rather see a piece of land utilised for something rather then nothing (the huge swathe of land in West Accrington anyone that has been turfed over and left following an expensive acquisition process?) Marsdener
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12:57am Sat 12 Jan 13

thermio says...

"Accrington Business and Residents’ Association is hoping to see exciting new proposals regarding the prominent Steiner Street and Hyndburn Road site."

After finding out the Mosque isn't being built, I'm struggling to think of anything as remotely exciting as a new mosque. A pleasure beach or new disneyworld could be a distant second although I'm sure it will end up as something mundane such as a rocket launchpad as usual.
"Accrington Business and Residents’ Association is hoping to see exciting new proposals regarding the prominent Steiner Street and Hyndburn Road site." After finding out the Mosque isn't being built, I'm struggling to think of anything as remotely exciting as a new mosque. A pleasure beach or new disneyworld could be a distant second although I'm sure it will end up as something mundane such as a rocket launchpad as usual. thermio
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1:10pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Venomp says...

I never saw any disgruntled comments when a church was built in Oswaldtwisle?
That land could have bought much needed employment yet the council happily allowed it knowing majority are atheist in that area.


As this has nothing to do with religious places some people are daft to bring this in.
I never saw any disgruntled comments when a church was built in Oswaldtwisle? That land could have bought much needed employment yet the council happily allowed it knowing majority are atheist in that area. As this has nothing to do with religious places some people are daft to bring this in. Venomp
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1:53pm Mon 14 Jan 13

jack01 says...

Well they've managed to use up space building schools, fire stations, health centres, chemists, tesco supermarkets and various other retail zones. All of those either replaced existing facilities which have since become derelict themselves or they weren't needed in the town in the first place. Surely they are running out of things to build? The town centre looks to be on the final stretch of becoming a ghost town with the Arndale centre empty. The fiasco on Blackburn Road where we have seen compulsory purchases and demolition on a vast scale to be replaced with very little other than an out-of-place and oversized health centre is an embarassment to the people of Accrington.

My money is on some white elephant project that will serve no purpose to the town. They would be better turning it into a football pitch for kids.
Well they've managed to use up space building schools, fire stations, health centres, chemists, tesco supermarkets and various other retail zones. All of those either replaced existing facilities which have since become derelict themselves or they weren't needed in the town in the first place. Surely they are running out of things to build? The town centre looks to be on the final stretch of becoming a ghost town with the Arndale centre empty. The fiasco on Blackburn Road where we have seen compulsory purchases and demolition on a vast scale to be replaced with very little other than an out-of-place and oversized health centre is an embarassment to the people of Accrington. My money is on some white elephant project that will serve no purpose to the town. They would be better turning it into a football pitch for kids. jack01
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