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'Eyesore' mill in Colne is demolished
AN EYESORE mill in Colne has been demolished after a three-year campaign.
Oak Mill, in Skipton Road, had been empty since Earby Light Engineering left earlier this year. The building’s Isle of Man-based owners Gallon Ltd were fined £600 after they failed to comply with a planning order seeking the mill’s repair.
Gallon Ltd had acquired the property in 2006 but after the downturn in the property market had been unable to come up with a scheme for the old mill and have now agreed its demolition.
The mill had been on Pendle Council’s problem buildings list since 2010.
Town councillor Jim Kerrigan said: “It wasn’t just an eyesore. It was a danger to the public.
“Windows were smashed and glass fell on the pavement where people walk and on to the roadway.
“Pendle Council had to insist that it was properly boarded off and the broken glass removed from the windows, but the whole site was accessible to children and a danger to the public.
“In addition, Skipton Road is one of the main roads in and out of Colne, and the impression give to people from out of town was dreadful.
“The buildings have served an important purpose for around a hundred years, making things and providing jobs, but they had reached the end of their useful life.”
The mill did have planning permission to be converted into apartments, with new housing on the land behind, and Pendle Council’s Lib Dem councillor Ann Kerrigan said she hoped the housing would be built.
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