Campaign to save Burnley community centre from bulldozers

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A Burnley councillor leading a campaign to save a popular community centre from the bulldozers has welcomed news that plans have been delayed.

The proposals, which could see the Glebe Street building flattened to build 132 new homes, were pulled from a Development Control Committee meeting set to take place this month.

Burnley Council said the plans, which were set to be heard on August 22nd, will now be put back so a comprehensive report can be produced for the committee.

County Coun. Jeff Sumner believes the strong community action against the closure, which has seen 1,100 protest letters collected, has forced the council to review the situation.

He said: “We don’t class it as a victory – we see it as we have made them look at it and maybe have a rethink.

“We strongly believe that we must keep the building open until a proper review has been done on the viability of Terracefields.

“If they shut Glebe Street and take a chance on Terracefields and that doesn’t come off then they would close it and Burnley Wood will be left with nothing. We will carry on fighting until the correct decision has been made.”

A Burnley Council spokesman confirmed the plans would now be heard at a later date.

He said: “This is because council officers are dealing with responses from statutory consultees, so that a comprehensive report can be put before the committee at one of its next meetings.”

A protest march planned for August 22nd has now been postponed until the plans go before the Development Control Committee.