Thursday, 26 May 2011

LCC commit to the future of Pennine Reach and Accrington Bus Station

At Lancashire County Councils Full Council meeting today cabinet member Tim Ashton confirmed LCCs commitment to Pennine Reach and to the Todmorden Curve.

Pennine Reach is controversial in Blackburn and Hyndburn, the two areas the scheme focuses on due to the planned bus lanes affecting car users, home owners without drives on main roads and shop keepers reliant on passing trade.

In October the Government approved Pennine Reach funding in the secondary pot pending a resubmission.
Controversy in Hyndburn revolved around pending County Council elections when the Conservative Council Leader was standing for County Council which was Labour run. The District Council strongly opposing the scheme.

Much of that debate was acrimonious and little progress was made resulting in the best parts of the scheme being lost including Accrington bus station.

I believe that the new Labour Council will take a more progressive view and try to remove the unwelcome elements in constructive manner and secure vital funding for a new bus station and regeneration of Great Harwood Towngate.

It demonstrates the value of County Councillors and the MP attending Hyndburn's Full Council to ensure a smooth passage in planning and securing Treasury funding in Parliament.

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