600 sign petition

Coun. Jeff Sumner is presented with a petition with 533 names by Glebe Street community centre volunteer Jadene Christian
Coun. Jeff Sumner is presented with a petition with 533 names by Glebe Street community centre volunteer Jadene Christian

Hundreds of residents have called for the proposed demolition of a popular Burnley community centre to be halted.

More than 600 people signed a petition to save the Burnley Wood Community Centre which has been earmarked to be flattened to make way for new houses.

But residents have signed the document in a last ditch bid to stave off the bulldozers after councillors agreed to close to centre as part of plans to redevelop Burnley Wood by Keepmoat.

County Coun. Jeff Sumner, who was handed the petition at the town hall by campaigners, believes the building itself could still be saved.

He said: “The response from the public has been very outspoken. Public feelings have been raised and we hope this will be heard.

“They might realise now that a lot of people are against this. They should listen to people power and everyone’s views.

“We strongly believe the building should be retained for the people of Burnley Wood even if it means building on the land.

“We hope Julie Cooper will listen to the people who voted her in.”

Hundreds more signatures are expected to be handed in when Burnley Council’s Executive meet to decide on plans to “appropriate” the land for building purposes and consider objections on December 10th.

County. Coun. Sumner added: “The majority have been people from the area around the community centre but we have had support from across Burnley. Then it is down to Julie Cooper and her Executive team to make the decision.”