Bid to buy Barnoldswick primary school set to be thwarted

COUNCILLORS in Barnoldswick look set to be thwarted in their bid to buy the soon-to-be-former Barnoldswick Primary School.

The York Street school will soon be replaced by a new primary school on the site of West Craven High School early next year.

Councillors on the West Craven Committee had expressed an interest in buying the school and turning it into an open green space for the town's residents.

But the site could cost more than £250,000 to purchase from its current owners.

Glenys Barnes, from Pendle Council’s property agents Liberata, has spoken to Lancashire County Council about the land.

She said: “The Trustees of the school are the Diocesan Board of Finance.

“The board has both a legal and statutory requirement to obtain market value from the disposal of the site. How this is obtained is not stipulated.

“Should the borough of Pendle express an interest in acquiring the freehold of the site this could be undertaken via a direct disposal to the borough.

“The proceeds from the sale of the site (less disposal costs) would be handed to LCC to invest.

into the replacement site.”

Education chiefs at county hall told Liberata that there are ongoing legal issues between the county and council and the diocese relating to a clause in the deeds of the York Street site.

If a request to transfer the school at nil value was made, Pendle Council would need to provide reasons to LCC’s children’s and young people’s directorate why the use for open space is the most desirable outcome for the site.

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10:35am Mon 30 Dec 13

Izanears says...

Barnoldswickians should be afraid, very afraid by this proposal. Barrowford Parish Council paid £250,000 for a building to turn into a community centre and it then increased our (already higher than any other local council's) tax precept by £5.00.
Barnoldswickians should be afraid, very afraid by this proposal. Barrowford Parish Council paid £250,000 for a building to turn into a community centre and it then increased our (already higher than any other local council's) tax precept by £5.00. Izanears

5:14pm Mon 30 Dec 13

It's a spade! says...

Open spaces? What a laugh.

This is the same council who supports driving a useless bypass through the countryside from Colne to Kelbrook. Why not use it for housing, everyone keeps telling us about the shortage.
Open spaces? What a laugh. This is the same council who supports driving a useless bypass through the countryside from Colne to Kelbrook. Why not use it for housing, everyone keeps telling us about the shortage. It's a spade!

3:18pm Wed 22 Jan 14

DarkBlueBox1 says...

Dear Editor,

Recently Cllr. Whipp has launched something of a crusade to have the land at Barnoldswick C of E School to be made in to “green space”. This is something I would generally agree with, however, I do not support Cllr Whipp’s reasoning for not being able to bring this action to reality.

He blames the previous Conservative administration at County Hall for not providing the funding to turn the land into green space. Cllr Whipp was the “kingmaker” for the whole of Lancashire when the Labour Party took power. He and his few Liberal colleagues voted to hand the keys for County Hall back to the Labour Party, subject to certain demands of theirs being met.

Dot Lord said she’d support Labour if they looked at reopening the Colne tip (which hasn’t happened yet). Why didn’t Cllr. Whipp demand that the school was turned into green space during this process and then explain where the money had come from?

But then I suppose he’d have nobody to blame would he?

Mike Thompson
Dear Editor, Recently Cllr. Whipp has launched something of a crusade to have the land at Barnoldswick C of E School to be made in to “green space”. This is something I would generally agree with, however, I do not support Cllr Whipp’s reasoning for not being able to bring this action to reality. He blames the previous Conservative administration at County Hall for not providing the funding to turn the land into green space. Cllr Whipp was the “kingmaker” for the whole of Lancashire when the Labour Party took power. He and his few Liberal colleagues voted to hand the keys for County Hall back to the Labour Party, subject to certain demands of theirs being met. Dot Lord said she’d support Labour if they looked at reopening the Colne tip (which hasn’t happened yet). Why didn’t Cllr. Whipp demand that the school was turned into green space during this process and then explain where the money had come from? But then I suppose he’d have nobody to blame would he? Mike Thompson DarkBlueBox1

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