Bid to overturn axe on Burnley community centre

Burnley Wood Community Centre
Burnley Wood Community Centre

A leading councillor hopes the decision to axe a popular Burnley community centre can be reversed.

The case to overturn the decision, which he believes could potentially save the long-running centre from the bulldozers, will be heard at a special Resources Scrutiny Committee meeting this week.

Coun. Sumner said: “We hope the council will retract the decision and come out with a more favourable outcome for the area.

“The feeling in the town has become stronger on this and we think they should listen to the people.

“We believe we have some strong arguments. We could have just walked away but we firmly believe the wrong decision has been made.”

Coun. Sumner signed the letter calling in the decision alongside Coun. Tracy Kennedy, Coun. Anne Kelly, County Coun. Margaret Brindle and Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle.

The thrust of the argument accuses Burnley Council’s Executive of taking the decision to appropriate Glebe Street land effectively behind closed doors without correct procedure of public notice and consultation in October 2012.

This decision was taken again with public notice and consultation on December 10th, last year.

The letter also asks whether an investigation was carried out ahead of the decision of whether disposing the leisure land for development would add to the health and well-being of residents.

A spokesman for Burnley Council said: “The decision has been called in and will be the subject of a special Resources Scrutiny Committee where members will hear evidence before a decision is reached.”

The meeting will be held at Burnley Town Hall on Thursday at 5-30pm.