What’s happening in Briercliffe?

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PARISH COUNCIL – Briercliffe Parish Council met at the community centre in Jubilee Street in Harle Syke last Monday.

Chairman was Coun. Anne Kelly and attending were Couns Lishman, Bailey, Royle, Meeks and Frost, County Coun. Margaret Brindle, PCSO Rachel Lonsdale, John and Michael Greenwood, clerk Steve Watson and several members of the public. Apologies were received from Couns Prince, Thomas and Dack.

PUBLIC QUESTIONS – There has been considerable concern about the number of large vehicles using the narrow streets of Harle Syke, Haggate and Lane Bottom and a member of the public raised the matter again. He was told his concerns, and others, had been brought to the attention of Lancashire County Council, which is unlikely to restrict the weight of vehicles in Briercliffe. It was decided to ask the clerk to arrange a meeting of interested parties.

Drainage in many areas of the parish remains a cause for concern, especially in Harle Syke where there are several problems including Holgate Street, the bottom of Queen Street and Milton Street where excess water from properties and overflowing streams appears to be the cause. Any residents with issues should raise them with the council. It is hoped another meeting can be arranged with the authorities. Please ring 01282 435863.

A question was asked about the Primrose Mill site in Harle Syke where further demolition work has been carried out. The owners of the property established outline planning permission some years ago. It is likely this has run out but, as detailed planning permission has not been granted, no building work can be carried out.

POLICE REPORT – PCSO Lonsdale said, between September 10th and October 15th, there were 98 incidents and 14 crimes compared 98 incidents and 15 crimes last month. There were 99 incidents and 22 crimes in a similar period of time last year. There have been three cases of violent crime, all of which are being investigated. Several thefts have been recorded (three bikes, and one theft each from a stable, a dwelling and from business premises). There have been two cases of vehicle crime, one of harassment and one of possession of cannabis.

Anti-social behaviour has been reported in Saxifield Street; Douglas Road, Haggate; King’s Mill and near Briercliffe School. The Saxifield case has been reported to the borough council. A number of children had been playing on the Sweet Dreams (Primrose Mill) site in Harle Syke the last part of which is being demolished. It is expected secure fencing will be in place soon.The police are often informed about untaxed vehicles parked on streets. The owners of two of them have been reported to the DVLA. There has also been a problem of individuals sleeping in a vehicle in Halifax Road. The vehicle has now been moved on.

PACT PRIORITIES – The Police And Communities Together meeting took place as part of the parish council meeting. PCSO Lonsdale reported about last month’s priorities. The allotments were patrolled regularly and no further incidents have been reported. Vehicles parked at road junctions have also been monitored. The crossroads at Haggate causes the most problems and residents in Todmorden Road have been told to adhere to the lines. The community beat team has also been monitoring parked cars in the evening and drivers have been warned about parking in country lanes.

The PACT priorities for this month are: parking near Briercliffe School, access problems at Harle Syke (Siberia Mill) and dog fouling in the Queen Street, Harrison Street and museum area.

GARAGES – The parish council discussed the construction of four new garages at the bus turning circle off Burnley Road, Haggate. It was resolved that the contractors who carried out the initial work should be awarded the construction work for this scheme, building work should start as soon as possible and the new tenants should be signed up and their deposits accepted. Ten residents have applied for tenancies.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – Members of the parish council will attend the Remembrance service at Hill Lane Baptist Church on Sunday, November 11th, at 10am after which, at 11am, there will be the annual service at Briercliffe war memorial in Burnley Road. Both services will be conducted by Mr Iain Mcivor. Members of the public can attend. Wreaths will be laid by Coun. Phil Bailey, deputy chairman of the parish council, and Coun. Roger Frost, chairman of the Briercliffe Society. After the service, refreshments will be served in the pavilion at Briercliffe Bowling Green.

COFFEE MORNINGS – There are still two coffee mornings left in the programme published by Hill Lane Baptist Church. The events have been organised to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, Burnley Street Pastors, the Church Organ Fund and Baptist Missionary Society. The coffee mornings take place at Hill Lane on Friday, October 26th, and Friday, November 30th, 10am to noon. Details on www.HillLaneBaptist.org.uk.

PARENTS & TODDLERS – The Parent & Toddler Group associated with St James’s Church has applied to Briercliffe Ward Opportunities Fund for assistance to buy storage units for children’s toys. The borough councillors representing Briercliffe have agreed to the request but it needs to be processed by the borough council.