Public inquiry ordered into land purchase for new Accrington bus station

The Bolton News: Public inquiry ordered into land purchase for new Accrington bus station Public inquiry ordered into land purchase for new Accrington bus station

A PUBLIC inquiry has been ordered into the county council’s compulsory purchase of land to make way for Accrington’s new bus station.

The bus depot is due to move from Peel Street to Crawshaw Street as part of the £50million Pennine Reach scheme, which would link Blackburn, Darwen and Accrington with improved bus links.

But the Secretary of State for communities and local government, Eric Pickles, ordered a public inquiry after receiving several objections from landowners who were served a compulsory purchase order by the county council.

A retail unit in Union Street fell under the CPO area, as did several in Edgar and School Street.

One of the objections was lodged by Gerard and Katerina Buckel, of Link House - a former pub - in King Street.

Chartered surveyors, LeaHough wrote on their behalf and said: “Our client’s property is a 19th century traditional stone-built structure set against the backdrop of a stone built railway viaduct of the same era.

“It is considered that the demolition of the property to accommodate the proposed bus station will undermine the heritage value of the streetscape evident in locality.”

After the inquiry, due to take place in June, an inspector will compile a report, and a decision will be taken over whether the £4million bus station can be built.

Assistant director for sustainable transport at Lancashire County Council, Tony Moreton, said: "We have been informed by the Planning Inspectorate that a public inquiry has been set for Tuesday, June 17.

“We welcome the notification and will be preparing the case for the inquiry."

In a statement of case prepared ahead of the inquiry, the county council said the new bus station was an ‘integral part of the Pennine Reach scheme and, without the inclusion of the bus station, the benefits of Pennine Reach for the travelling public would diminish if continued use of the existing facility were to be made’.

In October, Mushqat Juwale, owner of Smithson Newsagents in Peel Street, wrote to Eric Pickles, on behalf of traders who objected to the new bus station, and asked him to visit the town.

He said: “This proposed relocation would effectively destroy an already failing market town and would see many traders cease trading and become bankrupt from what is already a fragile market.”

Hyndburn Council leader, Coun Miles Parkinson, said: “Nothing is guaranteed. This is the standard process and other CPOs have gone through smoothly, and on odd occasion some have not.

“We don’t foresee any problems but the inspector will make the final decision and Eric Pickles will sign that off one way or the other.”

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9:32pm Fri 14 Feb 14

fireonthemountain says...

Thirty years ago I had a small shop in Accrington .

Employed two full timers and two Saturday Girls .

On decent wages by the way .

That was when Accrington had a vibrant town centre .

With some big names - Burtons and a Woolworths
spring to mind , plenty of others .

Some beautiful buildings . A magnificent Hospital .

Loads of hard working people . Factories .

Now . I'm sorry , it is a dump .

What went wrong ?

You tell me .

And if your solution is a new bus station , please don't bother replying .
Thirty years ago I had a small shop in Accrington . Employed two full timers and two Saturday Girls . On decent wages by the way . That was when Accrington had a vibrant town centre . With some big names - Burtons and a Woolworths spring to mind , plenty of others . Some beautiful buildings . A magnificent Hospital . Loads of hard working people . Factories . Now . I'm sorry , it is a dump . What went wrong ? You tell me . And if your solution is a new bus station , please don't bother replying . fireonthemountain

9:40pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Akkybro says...

Thirty years ago people went into town to shop, these days you have internet shopping for clothes and electronics, even groceries are delivered to the door, hence why a lot of town centers up and down the Country are on the decline, not just in Accrington.
Thirty years ago people went into town to shop, these days you have internet shopping for clothes and electronics, even groceries are delivered to the door, hence why a lot of town centers up and down the Country are on the decline, not just in Accrington. Akkybro

10:00pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Pan-cake says...

Whilst everyone waits with bated breath for the outcome of the CPO enquiry, perhaps there could be a parallel enquiry into how much Pennine Reach has cost the stakeholders so far.
This has been on the go since Labour was in charge at LCC last time -all the while Capita BwD and LCC have been shuffling plans about. There obviously is a cost involved in this.
It started at the height of Labour profligacy with a suggested price tag of £80m +. Come the crash and austerity the price tag dropped to £40m or so. No problem planners - back to the drawing board and charge for a new set of plans. Now it seems there may be a further change if the Inspector rules against the CPO.
And to what purpose? A new bus station each for Accrington (with the prospective loss of trade to small businesses and Market close to the existing terminus)and Blackburn (which includes the loss of an integrated transport hub - the boulevard/rail station) and a theoretical 2 or 3 minute decrease in journey times.
I can see this plan going the way of the trams aka East Lancashire Rapid Transport System and Zerri aka Venice @ Huncoat. Has the Simonstone Horse Racing course fallen at the first hurdle?
Can anyone spot the recurring theme with these projects?

So any one of our Councillors out there, willing to man up and tell us how much has been spent so far on the Pennine Reach scheme.

No? I thought not.
Whilst everyone waits with bated breath for the outcome of the CPO enquiry, perhaps there could be a parallel enquiry into how much Pennine Reach has cost the stakeholders so far. This has been on the go since Labour was in charge at LCC last time -all the while Capita BwD and LCC have been shuffling plans about. There obviously is a cost involved in this. It started at the height of Labour profligacy with a suggested price tag of £80m +. Come the crash and austerity the price tag dropped to £40m or so. No problem planners - back to the drawing board and charge for a new set of plans. Now it seems there may be a further change if the Inspector rules against the CPO. And to what purpose? A new bus station each for Accrington (with the prospective loss of trade to small businesses and Market close to the existing terminus)and Blackburn (which includes the loss of an integrated transport hub - the boulevard/rail station) and a theoretical 2 or 3 minute decrease in journey times. I can see this plan going the way of the trams aka East Lancashire Rapid Transport System and Zerri aka Venice @ Huncoat. Has the Simonstone Horse Racing course fallen at the first hurdle? Can anyone spot the recurring theme with these projects? So any one of our Councillors out there, willing to man up and tell us how much has been spent so far on the Pennine Reach scheme. No? I thought not. Pan-cake

10:09pm Fri 14 Feb 14

fireonthemountain says...

Sure - I don't disagree with you mate .

Now - we could advise on the customer's purchase , suggest
alternatives and accompanying accessories for the future .

Can you get that sort of service on The Internet ? No .

The main point of my previous post , was that the destruction of
small business's for a £50 million bus scheme is idiotic .

Maybe I am living in the past .

Or maybe not - example , our local asian shop is open from 5am
until very very late at night . Nothing is too much trouble for them .

Service is everything .

Who is going to use this bus service by the way ?

Not me - nor anyone I know .

How sad .
Sure - I don't disagree with you mate . Now - we could advise on the customer's purchase , suggest alternatives and accompanying accessories for the future . Can you get that sort of service on The Internet ? No . The main point of my previous post , was that the destruction of small business's for a £50 million bus scheme is idiotic . Maybe I am living in the past . Or maybe not - example , our local asian shop is open from 5am until very very late at night . Nothing is too much trouble for them . Service is everything . Who is going to use this bus service by the way ? Not me - nor anyone I know . How sad . fireonthemountain

10:16pm Fri 14 Feb 14

fireonthemountain says...

Sorry - my last post was in reply to "akkybro" .

However I agree with pan-cake 's post 100% .
Sorry - my last post was in reply to "akkybro" . However I agree with pan-cake 's post 100% . fireonthemountain

12:02am Sat 15 Feb 14

wulver says...

fireonthemountain wrote:
Thirty years ago I had a small shop in Accrington .

Employed two full timers and two Saturday Girls .

On decent wages by the way .

That was when Accrington had a vibrant town centre .

With some big names - Burtons and a Woolworths
spring to mind , plenty of others .

Some beautiful buildings . A magnificent Hospital .

Loads of hard working people . Factories .

Now . I'm sorry , it is a dump .

What went wrong ?

You tell me .

And if your solution is a new bus station , please don't bother replying .
well said your exactly right, Its totally changed. Them were the days when you grafted all week and then went out round Accy pubs with hardly any bother and then up the Apollo for a bit of a dance. What has happened not just to Accrington but the whole country ? The smoking ban, the price of a pint, decent jobs, immigration, what next for the common people ? its going to be a good while before it gets better I'm afraid.....
[quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: Thirty years ago I had a small shop in Accrington . Employed two full timers and two Saturday Girls . On decent wages by the way . That was when Accrington had a vibrant town centre . With some big names - Burtons and a Woolworths spring to mind , plenty of others . Some beautiful buildings . A magnificent Hospital . Loads of hard working people . Factories . Now . I'm sorry , it is a dump . What went wrong ? You tell me . And if your solution is a new bus station , please don't bother replying .[/p][/quote]well said your exactly right, Its totally changed. Them were the days when you grafted all week and then went out round Accy pubs with hardly any bother and then up the Apollo for a bit of a dance. What has happened not just to Accrington but the whole country ? The smoking ban, the price of a pint, decent jobs, immigration, what next for the common people ? its going to be a good while before it gets better I'm afraid..... wulver

1:09pm Sat 15 Feb 14

vicn1956 says...

£40million to save 3 minutes?
Is it me?
£40million to save 3 minutes? Is it me? vicn1956

1:31pm Sat 15 Feb 14

jimpy0 says...

the LOCAL people have said time and time again they DO NOT want pennine reach - yet the asshats in power keep pushing it thru -- meethinks someones been paid very well ....................
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the LOCAL people have said time and time again they DO NOT want pennine reach - yet the asshats in power keep pushing it thru -- meethinks someones been paid very well .................... ... jimpy0

5:58pm Sat 15 Feb 14

moxhie says...

fireonthemountain wrote:
Thirty years ago I had a small shop in Accrington .

Employed two full timers and two Saturday Girls .

On decent wages by the way .

That was when Accrington had a vibrant town centre .

With some big names - Burtons and a Woolworths
spring to mind , plenty of others .

Some beautiful buildings . A magnificent Hospital .

Loads of hard working people . Factories .

Now . I'm sorry , it is a dump .

What went wrong ?

You tell me .

And if your solution is a new bus station , please don't bother replying .
Try visiting Accrington Asda any day of the week .

People prefer to shop in the supermarkets where everthing is under one cover , and for rhose with cars there is plenty of parking space .

The new bus station will be better because it will be nearer to Asda and the Arndale Centre .

Forget the market . It has long since passed its use-by-date .
[quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: Thirty years ago I had a small shop in Accrington . Employed two full timers and two Saturday Girls . On decent wages by the way . That was when Accrington had a vibrant town centre . With some big names - Burtons and a Woolworths spring to mind , plenty of others . Some beautiful buildings . A magnificent Hospital . Loads of hard working people . Factories . Now . I'm sorry , it is a dump . What went wrong ? You tell me . And if your solution is a new bus station , please don't bother replying .[/p][/quote]Try visiting Accrington Asda any day of the week . People prefer to shop in the supermarkets where everthing is under one cover , and for rhose with cars there is plenty of parking space . The new bus station will be better because it will be nearer to Asda and the Arndale Centre . Forget the market . It has long since passed its use-by-date . moxhie

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