Funds cut sparks row over rural attractions in Lancashire

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Paul White Paul White

Lancashire County Council has been slammed over plans to cut funding for Countryside Access.

In the past, the county has paid Pendle Council to carry out Countryside Access functions, like footpath and bridleway repairs and maintenance, but has now served notice that this arrangement can no longer continue.

County Coun Paul White said “It’s clear that this deal will mean that Pendle will be worse off. It’s widely recognised that we have some of the best Rights of Way in the county.

"I firmly believe that taking the service back to Preston will mean things will worsen. “We’ve got men on the ground just covering Pendle who know this area like the back of their hand. Taking it back to Preston will remove that local knowledge”.

The County Council also plans to charge for parking at three additional sites in Lancashire, one of which is Wycoller.

Mr White added: “As a borough council, Pendle has always been proud of our free car parking to attract people to the area.

“In fact, we’ve won awards for it.”

“The county council wants to come in and impose this charge over our heads.

“I realise councils have to save money, but as a borough council we’ve managed to save it without introducing car parking charges”.

“It will do nothing to attract visitors, and it is already a car park with security issues. It’s going to really wind people up, and I think many will just choose to park on the road.”

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9:52pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Pendlesider says...

We must remember here that residents in Pendle actually pay taxes to county council as part of a budget that will make the Countryside in Pendle more accessible and attractive to visitors.
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If the funding, or part, is from central government then conservative county cllr Paul white could perhaps let us know what actual plans his other 34 Conservative colleagues at county hall are going to do to halt this onslaught of cuts in Pendle?
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We can start with asking cllr White why the toilets were closed at Ball grove park when a scrutiny review cross-party agreement was made in 2010 to retain essential services such as keeping rural amenities / toilets open?
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the shared executive of Conservative and Liberal Democrat Councillors on Pendle council undertook NO scrutiny review last year; instead, they simply closed the toilets in several countryside areas here in Pendle.
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If cllr White can't stop the closure of countryside public toilets here in Pendle, how is he going to prevent county hall from ending the much needed funding that maintains the beauty and heritage in his own Borough of Pendle?
We must remember here that residents in Pendle actually pay taxes to county council as part of a budget that will make the Countryside in Pendle more accessible and attractive to visitors. . If the funding, or part, is from central government then conservative county cllr Paul white could perhaps let us know what actual plans his other 34 Conservative colleagues at county hall are going to do to halt this onslaught of cuts in Pendle? . We can start with asking cllr White why the toilets were closed at Ball grove park when a scrutiny review cross-party agreement was made in 2010 to retain essential services such as keeping rural amenities / toilets open? . the shared executive of Conservative and Liberal Democrat Councillors on Pendle council undertook NO scrutiny review last year; instead, they simply closed the toilets in several countryside areas here in Pendle. . If cllr White can't stop the closure of countryside public toilets here in Pendle, how is he going to prevent county hall from ending the much needed funding that maintains the beauty and heritage in his own Borough of Pendle? Pendlesider
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