Burnley Council bosses urged to take advantage of £10m regeneration fund

COUNCIL bosses in Burnley have been urged to take advantage of a a regeneration fund which has already seen nearly £10million invested in the borough.

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle has called on the borough council to draw up a bid for the next round of the Regional Growth Fund process.

The borough has already seen major benefits from the first two rounds of the initiative, he told a full council meeting.

Nearly £9million was announced in the second round of RGF applications to reinstate the Todmorden Curve, slashing journey times to Manchester.

The rebuilding of Burnley Manchester Road station and links through to the Weavers Triangle complex are other linked benefits.

And the third wave of RGF saw a package, drawn up with aerospace giants Aircelle, for a suppliers village at the former Michelin site, receive £1.4million.

Mr Birtwistle said: “The Regional Growth Fund has already brought a number of benefits to Burnley and now we have a fourth round.

“If the borough council can decide on a scheme, I will chase it up with government ministers and hopefully we can succeed again.”

Coun Andy Tatchell, deputy council leader and executive member for regeneration, said he would be exploring RGF possibliities.

He also saw a £1million business support programme, over three years, win the backing of borough councillors.

Coun Tatchell said that with the Burnley Bondholder scheme proving to be such a success with the private sector, it was important that the public sector offered support to create and sustain jobs locally.

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7:43pm Sat 9 Feb 13

burnleyvoter says...

Considering how 'overwhelmed' our local hospitals say they have been, it's a pity this money couldn't have been given to them instead.
Might have saved a few hundred lives...
Considering how 'overwhelmed' our local hospitals say they have been, it's a pity this money couldn't have been given to them instead. Might have saved a few hundred lives... burnleyvoter
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7:51pm Sat 9 Feb 13

DaveBurnley says...

burnleyvoter wrote:
Considering how 'overwhelmed' our local hospitals say they have been, it's a pity this money couldn't have been given to them instead.
Might have saved a few hundred lives...
That's being sensible and the council can't use the money for anything useful.
[quote][p][bold]burnleyvoter[/bold] wrote: Considering how 'overwhelmed' our local hospitals say they have been, it's a pity this money couldn't have been given to them instead. Might have saved a few hundred lives...[/p][/quote]That's being sensible and the council can't use the money for anything useful. DaveBurnley
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8:43pm Sat 9 Feb 13

BIG BOSS says...

Know doubt they will be tarting more houses up, rather than refurbish them.!!!
Know doubt they will be tarting more houses up, rather than refurbish them.!!! BIG BOSS
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9:51pm Sat 9 Feb 13

rumblesteveskin says...

more money for BARNFIELD then.
more money for BARNFIELD then. rumblesteveskin
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6:54am Sun 10 Feb 13

Excluded again says...

DaveBurnley wrote:
burnleyvoter wrote:
Considering how 'overwhelmed' our local hospitals say they have been, it's a pity this money couldn't have been given to them instead.
Might have saved a few hundred lives...
That's being sensible and the council can't use the money for anything useful.
Councils don't run and fund hospitals. They haven't done since the formation of the NHS in 1948.
[quote][p][bold]DaveBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burnleyvoter[/bold] wrote: Considering how 'overwhelmed' our local hospitals say they have been, it's a pity this money couldn't have been given to them instead. Might have saved a few hundred lives...[/p][/quote]That's being sensible and the council can't use the money for anything useful.[/p][/quote]Councils don't run and fund hospitals. They haven't done since the formation of the NHS in 1948. Excluded again
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9:46am Sun 10 Feb 13

gazzandste says...

Burnley council spending 9million on the Todmorden curve, what a waste of money. The Colne Manchester service was soon withdrawn, it was too expensive too travel on the train.
Burnley council spending 9million on the Todmorden curve, what a waste of money. The Colne Manchester service was soon withdrawn, it was too expensive too travel on the train. gazzandste
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10:30am Sun 10 Feb 13

Noiticer says...

The introduction of the rail service to/from Blackburn via Accrington, Burnley Manchester Road via the Todmorden Curve to/from Manchester will be a huge success and open up Burnley to commuters and to business opportunities which it hasn't succeeded in attracting so far. For all the moans Burnley has many attractive features - numerous handsome stone buildings, a decent university campus, friendly people and some fantastic countryside literally on its doorstep. Yes, there's lots to impove but if this was southern England the town would a desirable place to live. You only have to look at Hebden Bridge to see what good rail links have done to its revival and thriving community spirit. Of course Hebden Bridge benefits from relatively cheap fares to Leeds and Bradford because it lies in the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport. Executive area. Alas, Burnley doesn't and so much will depend on the level of fares charged to Manchester as to patronage of the service but if the success of the Blackpool/Leeds/York 'Roses Link' ,reintroduced in the 1980's, is anything to compare with the new service will do well.
The introduction of the rail service to/from Blackburn via Accrington, Burnley Manchester Road via the Todmorden Curve to/from Manchester will be a huge success and open up Burnley to commuters and to business opportunities which it hasn't succeeded in attracting so far. For all the moans Burnley has many attractive features - numerous handsome stone buildings, a decent university campus, friendly people and some fantastic countryside literally on its doorstep. Yes, there's lots to impove but if this was southern England the town would a desirable place to live. You only have to look at Hebden Bridge to see what good rail links have done to its revival and thriving community spirit. Of course Hebden Bridge benefits from relatively cheap fares to Leeds and Bradford because it lies in the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport. Executive area. Alas, Burnley doesn't and so much will depend on the level of fares charged to Manchester as to patronage of the service but if the success of the Blackpool/Leeds/York 'Roses Link' ,reintroduced in the 1980's, is anything to compare with the new service will do well. Noiticer
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