You can’t change history

Burnley Wood Community Centre

Burnley Wood Community Centre

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I think the public, not least the people of Burnley Wood, should be made aware of the true situation regarding decisions made by Lib-Dem councillors as the representatives of Burnley in general; and in this instance, Burnley Wood in particular.

From August 2007 to June 2010, there was a total of eight Executive meetings of the council, all in connection to setting up and planning the redevelopment of Burnley Wood.

I dealt with some in an earlier letter but, after a recent letter, must be allowed to expand on what I already wrote.

The meeting of the Executive on June 29th, 2010, minute 17, recommended the proposed submission area action plans for publication and submission to the Secretary of State. The next section deals with the legal requirements of setting up area action plans and compulsory purchase orders. Page 36 of the area action plan, considered at this meeting, foresaw that land consisting of two housing clearance sites to the North and South of Branch Road and the Glebe Street Recreation Ground and Recreation Centre will be redeveloped for new housing.

It continues:

The site includes two existing community facilities, Terracefields and the Glebe Street Recreation Ground.

The council is acquiring the Terracefields building to ensure it remains in community use and all activities and services provided by Glebe Street Recreation Centre will transfer to Terracefields but there must be flexibility to allow for the future of the site development, should a new building be provided.

These proposals were put before the full council for adoption on July 15th, 2010. The proposals were passed and at the point of vote 17 Lib-Dems, 12 Lab, three Cons, two BNP and one Independent were in the chamber.

The approval was voted through by all the Lib-Dems, Cons, BNP and the Inddpendent. 23 votes in total.

Three Lab voted against; eight abstained.

The Labour Mayor, not voting for this decision, effectively confirmed the decision of June 29th, 2010.

It has to be said Coun. Jeff Sumner attended each and every one of those meetings, so has little grounds for complaint.

You can’t change history Mr Sumner and the fact remains that, far from it being Labour’s fault, it was directly down to you and your party.

K. Royle

Burnley