Roughlee Parish News

Mar 2022 – Parish News

First I have to report the very sad loss of Councillor Linda Crossley. Linda, a member of Pendle Borough Council, was for many years the Chairman of the Barrowford and Western Parishes Committee and was always very supportive of Roughlee and the other Pendleside villages. In particular she was committed to protecting the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and other countryside areas. Linda will be greatly missed.

Luncheon Club

Now that the pandemic seems to be on the wane the Parish Council have decided to support a restart of the village Luncheon Club but with a slightly different arrangement Traditionally the Luncheon Club has provided an opportunity for more senior members of our local communities to meet and enjoy a lunch at the Village Centre. Even before the virus restrictions numbers attending the lunches were in decline and on occasions the catering arrangements became problematic. It is now suggested that the lunches will be moved to the Bay Horse where a subsidised modest charge will be levied on Roughlee residents. Residents of other local communities will be charged a little extra. It is expected that the new arrangements will begin in March on Thursdays on a twice monthly basis and will be continued if there are sufficient numbers attending. Please look out for further details or contact Gail who will continue as the main Luncheon Club organiser.

Industrial Heritage trail

We are now making real progress on the Roughlee Industrial Heritage project and the three history plaques should be in place within the next few weeks. With great assistance from the Pendle Forest History Group the plaques have been designed and written by Mary Reed and Simon Cronshaw.

Defibrillator

A routine review of the defibrillator on the front wall of the Bay Horse showed that it was now due for replacement. A new updated model has recently been fitted with assistance from the North West Ambulance Service. Thanks are due to Meg Davey and Adam Marshal for their hard work in making this happen.

RVC

A couple of ongoing matters to report. The Roughlee Village Centre Committee is drawing up a new constitution which will clarify its relationship to the Parish Council. Things should be sorted out in the near future.

Planning

Finally the planning application for some 257 houses with access off Pasture Lane has been the subject of a massive number of objections including from Roughlee Parish Council. So far the application has not been decided and will be the subject of a Committee report in due course. We will continue to put forward objections when it goes to the Committee.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council