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Sunday, December 25, 2016

FACTS - The Oval Shopping Center project that failed in 2012

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2012 we asked Burnley Council what costs were incurred.
It turns out that the Council wasted grant money from the North West Development Agency that were paid for by your TaxPayers money in the Failed Venture of the Oval Shopping Center

Over the 8 years of the project from 2004 to 2012 approximately £1,800,500 was expended. This was funded by the NWDA under its Single Programme Grant.

The Council's analysis of overall project expenditure is as follows;.
Approximate expenditure/£
Lease surrender £1,468,600
Acquisition Fees £35,600
Site surveys £8,985.98
Marketing £77,480.87
Legal £79,448.36
Establishment and related
admin expenses £12,837.31
Total expenditure £1,800,500

Yet again another £1.8MILLION of wated taxpayers money by Burnley Council. They quit the development because a few retailers like Primark decided not to come to Burnley - and now Primark are coming to Burnley, they could have had a brand new shopping Center built and ready to move into instead of the reshuffling that is going to happen just to pander to their whims.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

FACTS - Burnley Council have spent £1,540,000 on drafting the LOCAL PLAN 2016.

Burnley Council have spent a staggering amount on drafting "The Local Plan 2016" some £1.54 million and it is still 2 years overdue. BUT it doesn't stop there - Gordon Birtwistle last night quizzed the "Secret Society" at a Council meeting and was also told this figure is to rise to £1,950,000.

ANOTHER HALF A MILLION or £500,000 of OUR TAX MONEY is to be spent because the work is not finished on finalising a project to build houses that Burnley DOES NOT need.

Hollins Cross Farm is one of the sites in Burnley that has been earmarked for development, but has only had "DeskTop and Paper Shuffling" surveys done on its suitability for development, and the documentation used to determine this suitability is 5-10 up to 30 years out of date. SO WHAT HAVE THEY SPENT 2 MILLION ON.

In order to recoupe this £2MILLION the Council would need to build 200 probably 250 Band "D" Houses so the Council can obtain the £10,000 / house Central Government Grant money that is barely just still available - soon to be removed to help soften "Brexit" costs.

This is why the Council is trying and move the Urban Boundary and build on Greenfield sites - it NEEDS to try and claw back it is Hemorrhaging Money - YOUR MONEY - on BAD financial management - the same bad financial management as Lancashire County Council.

This is why the Council have tried to keep this Local Plan so secretive in not informing Residents last July and hoping to push it through without objection by making the consultation period during the School Summer Holidays - SHEER EMBARASMENT.

THE Executive and its hangers on NEED to prioratise - cutting Public Services, blaming Central Government for cuts is just an excuse for incompetence.

 Say NO to Hollins Cross Farm team.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fact - Toxic Coal Mine Water

Developers and New House Buyers Hollins Cross Farm Burnley

Poisonous Toxic coal mine waste products and water are continually seeping to the surface of the field. Do you want to invest in a development that will see more of this dangerous contamination disturbed by building on this land.

Everyone's future will be affected by this, the environment, your future homes and more so your children's health. Have Burnley Council had this site Surveyed by professional bodies or experts - NO !!!!


Once the poisoned waters flow into the Culvert running under the A646 these waters then  feed the rivers inn the adjacent Conservation Area and down into Burnley Town Center- BEWARE Burnley Council you  will be polluting the Environment by allowing the Urban Boundary to be moved to allow Development on GreenField Land.

The TOXIC  picture below  was taken  16/12/16 - it shows the bottom of Hollins Cross Farm field and shows the saturated land as the water table rises and the yellow / orange toxic waters from the abandoned shallow mines eek into the water systems.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Facts - Burnley Council intend to builld houses over Abandoned Coal Mines, you could be Gasing owners while they sleep.

Development Land - Hollins Cross Farm, Burnley .
Developers and Prospective House Hunters - Burnley Council plan to include Hollins Cross Farm site as part of their Local Plan 2016 for building houses on - KNOWING that there are Abandoned Coal Mines beneath.

ALL members of Burnley Council Executive and ANY Councillor who votes to include Hollins Cross Farm ARE individually and collectively FULLY RESPONSIBLE for any future consequences as they have been informed many times of the facts.

The link below - shows the consequences of building over Abandoned Coal Mines - ANY responsible Council would not consider including land over Abandoned Coal Mines in their Local Plan.
"Officials are recommending all 64 homes on Gorebridge's Newbyres Crescent estate are flattened ............................."


Friday, December 9, 2016

Facts - Disturbance of Abandoned Shallow Coal Mines - Mine Gas Escapes

Development Land - Hollins Cross Farm, Burnley
Developers and House Hunters / New Houses, building houses over abandoned mines comes with dangerous consequences - but none worse than the gases seeping up from disused mines.
Burnley Council have done no preparatory work to understand that considering the sanctioning of land as part of their Local Plan 2016 that is know to be designated by the Coal Authority and High Risk is totally irresponsible, it wastes public money and could in the future endanger public health or even endanger life.

Anyone within the Council who recommends building on Hollins Cross Farmafter all the evidence presented in the Residents Opposition Document and since provided will be held to task in the future. The Council, Leader of the Council, Executive members and all members of the Full Council who decide to recommend this site need to take heed and consider future ramifications.

The risk of gas leaks from disused mines

Facts - Planning a new Housing Estate by Burnley Council.

Devleopment Land Hollins Cross Farm Burnley.

Burnley Council SHOULD not have even considered the land at Hollins Cross Farm as United Utilities stipulate the following

"Guiding principles for site drainage
1) Surface water from new developments should not be connected to the public combined sewerage system.
2) All options for Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) must be explored prior to any application to connect to the public sewerage system.
3) We do not normally adopt SUDS.
4) In circumstances where surface water is discharged to the surface water sewer network, discharges should be restricted.
5) We have no legal duty to accept highway drainage from new developments into the public sewerage system, however in some cases highway drainage will be considered as part of the overall surface water drainage of the site.
6) We will not accept land drainage discharges to the public sewer network."
IN SHORT - United Utilities DO NOT ACCEPT water from Crown Point - in must go into rivers,
WHY PUT FORWARD this site in the first place - HAS BURNLEY COUNCIL factored in diverting Streams, Rivers from Hollins Cross Farm / Crown Point.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Facts - For any one thinking Burnley is the place to relocate and commute - Travelling back to work in the Center of Manchester by X43

Developement Land - Hollins Cross Farm, Burnley.

Developers and House Buyers - If you think that travelling to your work place in the Center of Manchester is going to be easy from your NEW Cheaper Executive High Quality Detached 3/4/5 bedroom Property at Hollins cross Farm Burnley to the Center of Manchester then THINK AGAIN.

Yesterday "we" decided to test the commuter trip from Hollins Cross Farm to Deansgate.

Morning Journey from Manchester Road X43 Bus Stop - the Bus was packed at 08:00ish you are better getting on at the Bus Station to get a good seat, also they never come on time. The Wifi is hit and miss on the Bus, the conditions are cramped for using laptop.The inbound journley took 1hr 10mins-ish

Return Journey - "We" stood at bus stop on Deansgate for 1 hour from 16:30-17:30, then the Bus inched its way along in the traffic, the whole journey from Deansgate to Hollins Cross Farm took over 3.5 hours.
So for 8 Hours / day you work and up to 4hrs+ you will travel, and this get s worse in winter.

Do the maths Developers and House hunters its time and money. What is the cost for 2-4 hours travel / day 10-20 hours per week / 400-800 hours per year as against another £100,000 on the house price spread across 25 years of mortgage

BUY a house closer to Manchester, use the already in place metro system / trams and you can spend more time relaxing at home with your family or "chillaxing" in nice trendy bar after work with your fiancee, before a tram ride home, NO TRAFFIC JAMS - NO BRAINER.

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Famous Five - Burnley Council Executive keep the Local Plan 2016 from the Public

So the "Famous Five" under the control of puppet master Mark Townsend have decided to postpone the publication of the "Local Options Plan 2016" - Until Jan 2017. We believe this Local Plan was supposed to have been completed in 2014, so it looks like the Council are now 3 years behind.

Maybe on reflection they have realised just how bad the last draft of it was and had another re-write attempt.

Or it could be they have been rumbled and had to employ some qualified Planning Officers with expert subject matter knowledge instead of the desktop surveys they tried to fob the residents off with.

Or maybe they have not finished Crayoning in all the pictures !!

Complain about your council - GOV.UK

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Facts - Pollution Generated by Building new Houses and from Car Emissions that these new Houses Bring to the Urban Community

Development Land in Burnley, Hollins Cross Farm
In 2006 Burnley Council's Local Plan, was high on reducing Car Journeys and being Greener and more carbon neutral.

Building 3000 new houses means more pollution. What is the bet Burnley Council puts Zero constraints on developers to use low carbon and green materials.

These houses will bring 6000 cars to add to the air pollution. More rubbish to be disposed of on the already bi-weekly collections.

More Gas and Electricity will need to be generated and produce more greenhouse gasses to power these unnecessary houses.

More sewage.