Inland Pendle summer attraction hit by closures confusion

The Barlick beach last year

The Barlick beach last year

First published in Pendle Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by

A POPULAR event in Barnoldswick that attracts thousands of visitors has been thrown into doubt in a row over road closures.

Barnoldswick Beach runs throughout August and sees the Town Square transformed into an inland beach, complete with seaside activities such as donkey rides.

But a row has broken out between organisers and Lancashire County Council over the extent of road closures required for the event.

Coun David Whipp said the event was in ‘jeopardy’ because the county hall had ‘vetoed’ road closure plans at the 11th hour.

But highways chiefs at LCC said the road needed to be closed to move the market, and that using the Town and Police Clauses Act was unsuitable for this.

Coun Whipp said: “The application for road closures was made months ago, but with just days before we start setting up for the event, the town council hasn’t got the necessary road closure orders.

“After all the promises that road closures would be sorted out for such events, I’m staggered that we have this problem yet again, it’s frankly unbelievable.

“An emergency meeting of the town council is being arranged to work out what to do, but the county council may well have killed off the best inland beach in Britain.

“If they have, the steps of county hall may be the alternative delivery address for the 20 tons of sand ordered for delivery next Friday.”

Coun Whipp said road closures were required to move the market, and also for the donkey rides to take place on Thursday’s and Saturday’s during the month.

He said that similar road closures had been in place for events earlier this year and for previous Barnoldswick Beach events.

Oliver Starkey, county council highways manager for East Lancashire, said: “We support Pendle Council's plans to use the pedestrianised area of Barnoldswick Town Centre for the beach event, and have responded to their request for advice on any impacts it may have on the local road network.

"Pendle Council asked our advice on moving the market, which is usually on the town square, to part of Albert Road which is still open to traffic and would need a road closure to host the market.

“This can be achieved using the county council's powers, but would need to be advertised and the order may have a cost to the promoter if we are to close the road in this way.

"We understand Pendle Council has previously put in place a road closure using the powers available to them through the Town Police Clauses Act, and have advised that if they are satisfied this is suitable legislation for the closure the county council would not need to consider an alternative approach."

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5:39pm Fri 25 Jul 14

David Whipp says...

In other words, Barnoldswick Beach is definitely on!

The county council has backed down on their objections.

Opening on Saturday 2nd August, Barlick Beach will open between 10am and 4pm daily from Monday to Saturday until 30th August.

There are lots of new activities this year including a tie in with Barnoldswick's fantastic swimming pool giving half price family swims; so bring your cossies!

Barnoldswick Town Council is hosting the Beach as a FREE family friendly facility and are inviting donations for the North West and Yorkshire Air Ambulance services.

Further information is available on the Visit Barnoldswick website www.visitbarnoldswic
k.co.uk
In other words, Barnoldswick Beach is definitely on! The county council has backed down on their objections. Opening on Saturday 2nd August, Barlick Beach will open between 10am and 4pm daily from Monday to Saturday until 30th August. There are lots of new activities this year including a tie in with Barnoldswick's fantastic swimming pool giving half price family swims; so bring your cossies! Barnoldswick Town Council is hosting the Beach as a FREE family friendly facility and are inviting donations for the North West and Yorkshire Air Ambulance services. Further information is available on the Visit Barnoldswick website www.visitbarnoldswic k.co.uk David Whipp
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10:22pm Fri 25 Jul 14

jenkinsroy says...

I hope "Pendle Council have not
Forgotten to sort our road problem when the
Garden centre is being built? for BOUNDARY MILL
IN COLNE if this is a sample of their work god
Help the driver on the valley road it will be total
Mayhem when they start digging out the green belt
On the in roads to the valley road and farer on the
Road the building of a new super market on the
Valley here if I was a driver I would be asking
The county councillor here in colne just what
Are the plans to keep the roads open when you leave?
The M65 at the roundabout at the bottom of asda?
God help you all driver you may as well walk to work
It will be safer and quicker than all the hold up that
Will start here later this year so ask them?
PENDLE COUNCIL are they prepared for all hell to brake
Loos here you will need the police 24.7.on this road
When all the work start up.
I hope "Pendle Council have not Forgotten to sort our road problem when the Garden centre is being built? for BOUNDARY MILL IN COLNE if this is a sample of their work god Help the driver on the valley road it will be total Mayhem when they start digging out the green belt On the in roads to the valley road and farer on the Road the building of a new super market on the Valley here if I was a driver I would be asking The county councillor here in colne just what Are the plans to keep the roads open when you leave? The M65 at the roundabout at the bottom of asda? God help you all driver you may as well walk to work It will be safer and quicker than all the hold up that Will start here later this year so ask them? PENDLE COUNCIL are they prepared for all hell to brake Loos here you will need the police 24.7.on this road When all the work start up. jenkinsroy
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