Industrial history talk and trail
March 8th was a busy day for the Parish Council. At 6pm nearly 30 people logged on via ZOOM to enjoy a fascinating presentation on the history of Roughlee with particular reference to our industrial past. The presentation had been prepared by the Pendle Forest History Group, was delivered by Brian Jeffery and ranged from pre-history to present times. The whole presentation can be accessed on the village website and represents a really interesting way to spend an hour. Our thanks are due to the History Group for their hard work and enthusiasm.
The presentation feeds into the Roughlee Industrial Heritage Project for which we now have the necessary funding for the first phases. As reported previously we intend to restore a number of
historical features and erect interpretation panels to help explain something of the village history. We hope to carry out works over the summer period.
The Parish Council also met via ZOOM at the conclusion of the history presentation. The main item of business was to receive a report on the emerging Pendle Local Plan Part 2 which, alongside the adopted Part 1 Plan, will guide development through to 2030. It is, therefore, of crucial importance to both Roughlee and the surrounding area. The Parish Council welcomes the main thrust of the plan which should provide enhanced protection for the AONB. We have raised two relatively minor points relating to the village boundary and the distribution of new housing in Pendleside.
We also considered the Pendle Community Governance Review which will look at the structure and organisation of Town and Parish Councils in Pendle. We are recommending that the Parish boundaries remain unchanged but that the membership of the Council be increased from 7 to 9 to allow for a more diverse membership.
During the coming months we will be progressing the Heritage Project and Village Green designation as previously reported. So, quite a busy time ahead.
— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council