Former Blockbusters store to become Colne ‘problem building’?

Photo: David Hurst'Former Blockbuster Store, Market Street, Colne
Photo: David Hurst'Former Blockbuster Store, Market Street, Colne

The former home of DVD and games rental chain Blockbusters could become one of Colne’s “problem buildings”.

The Market Street site is set to be discussed at Pendle Council’s Colne and District Committee meeting tonight.

Councillors are due to be informed of the current position regarding the long term use of the premises, and will be asked to agree the building be added to the problem buildings list. They will also be asked to agree how to take the condition and use of the building forward.

The outlet, which is a prominent three-storey building next to Colne Library, closed at the end of last year - after the national chain ran into difficulty for the second time.

In a report submitted by planning manager Neil Watson it says that while the building is not currently in a poor condition, it is showing signs of deterioration.

He said: “Paint is flaking off the windows and there are signs of vegetation growing from the rainwater goods.

“The principal issue is what the long term use of the building will be. Such a prominent building should be occupied and used to preserve the vibrancy of the centre.

“Having an ongoing use will also mitigate against long term neglect and physical deterioration.”

Pendle Council has written to the company they believe are dealing with the assets of the former Blockbuster chain. At the time of writing his report, Mr Watson had not received any response. Pendle Council’s Colne and District Committee will be updated on any progress.