Former Glebe Street Youth and Community Centre land still not handed over

Councillor Julie Cooper
Councillor Julie Cooper

Land that once housed a community centre in Burnley Wood has still not been handed over to developers, eight months after it was controversially demolished.

Glebe Street Youth and Community Centre has been at the centre of a political row ever since the ruling Labour group on Burnley Borough Council announced it would be closing as the land was need by developers Keepmoat to build new homes.

It was demolished in February to the anger of volunteers and users at the centre, sparking a political argument with Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Burnley accusing each other for its demise.

Former council leader Coun. Julie Cooper said the Lib Dems signed a planning agreement with Keepmoat, when they controlled the council in 2010.

In March, the council’s ruling Executive Committee voted unanimously to dispose of the land bounded by Glebe Street, Kirkgate and Parkinson Street.

A question about the current position with the land was raised at the last Full Council meeting by Lib Dem Coun. Tom Porter on October 1st.

Deputy council leader Coun. John Harbour has now responded.

He said: “The Glebe Street recreation area has not yet been handed over to the developers.

“At present, there is no date set for the hand over to take place. It continues to be the case that Burnley Council is working with Keepmoat on its regeneration work programme.

“The actual pace of housing development is always influenced by developments in the market, technical issues, and decisions about how to order particular phases of work.

“Burnley Wood is no different in this regard from other sites in the borough and indeed across the country. These programmes always take time.”