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Councillors object to land sell-off
10:59am Friday 26th October 2012 in News
Councillors have objected to a Pendle Council recommendation to sell off a strip of land in Barnoldswick that is used as a car parking area for local residents.
Members of the West Craven Area Committee rejected a proposal to sell land off Valley Road at a price of £10,000 to Conurbia Limited, which owns the 170-space Silentnight car park that is adjacent to the council land.
Part of the land is fenced within the former allotments and the remainder, adjoining Clayton Street, is landscaped with mature trees.
Conurbia wants to purchase the council land to create a second access for the Silentnight car park, which would require planning consent. The existing access would then be used by just pedestrians and cyclists.
“I vehemently object to this attractive area of landscaping being sold off for peanuts,” said committee chairman, Coun David Whipp (Lib Dem). “Part of this land is available to Clayton Street residents for parking and selling off parking spaces is an utter no-no.”