Roughlee Parish News

August 2020 – Parish News

I recall writing last month’s Parish News with some optimism as things seemed to be improving and the Bay Horse had reopened. Since then new restrictions have been imposed in Pendle and the pub took an independent decision to close down after a couple of weeks. The good news is that the pub has now reopened and is very busy. I can say from firsthand experience that they have updated the menu and the food is excellent. The recent temporary closure served to emphasize how important the pub is to village life, particularly as the Village Centre remains closed for social gatherings. Any extension of the current restrictions which resulted in another closure would be terrible.

Planning

The 3rd August saw a full Parish Council meeting using Zoom. Although not a replacement for face to face meetings the Zoom system works well and allows us to conduct Parish business effectively. Two guests attended the meeting and were able to make their representations. Mark Hartley explained his proposals for the barn off Blacko Barr Road and the Parish Council resolved to raise no objections to the planning application. Brian Nelson explained the proposal to open parts of Whitehough Camp School for private campers. This is intended to be a temporary measure to help with running costs whilst the Centre is currently closed to schools. Again, no objections were raised to a temporary use.

Whitehough bridge closure

Both of the visitors also had an interest in the closure of Whitehough bridge which serves the Camp School and the residential properties in Whitehough hamlet. The bridge is in a pivotal position for the footpaths linking Roughlee to Barley and also for a much-used bridle way. The bridge has been closed by Lancashire County Council for six months from 18th August although it would appear that pedestrian access will be maintained. The closure is necessary due to safety concerns.

New housing

Other agenda items of note were the approval on appeal of two houses in the AONB on land opposite Yate House. The Inspector gave great weight to the quality of design and considered that the detailed siting made the scheme acceptable. Protection of the AONB remains a top priority for the Parish Council and it is important that the scheme is carried out in accordance with the approved plans.

Parish noticeboards

It was also reported that the Borough Council had granted Capital Programme funding for improvements to the Parish notice boards and to screen the unsightly fishing lodge sheds. It was decided to retain the notice board on Noggarth but to make it more useable.

Next meeting

No date has yet been fixed for the next Parish Council meeting but the date will be announced in good time. Much depends on the progress of the Coronavirus in Pendle. Meanwhile I wish you well for the rest of the summer.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council