Trawden warehouse to become children’s activity centre

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A vacant former warehouse that a campaign group had hoped to turn into a Trawden skatepark will now become an indoor activity centre.

The latest proposals for Whiteholme Mill, in Skipton Road, were granted approval at the latest Colne and District Committee meeting.

Now the centre, which will be aimed at five to eight-year-olds, has earned itself the backing of Trawden Skatepark Initiative - who were initially aiming to use the venue for an extreme sports facility, complete with a “chill out” area and an internet cafe.

The group decided to explore different paths after coming up against various obstacles, including excessive costs.

Mum-of-two Amanda Cunningham (45), who is fronting TSI, said: “I think the change of use is good, otherwise there will be a building that will be empty.

“We are all excited about it in the village, and would like a bit more information from the proposer about what activities will be on offer.”

In his proposals, applicant Glyn Ford said that the children’s activity centre will be predominantly run over the weekends, with the exception of school holidays, and bookings will be made by appointment only.

The proposed hours are between 10am and 6pm, and group sizes would be a maximum of 20 children.

Concerns had been raised by neighbours for reasons including traffic issues and noise nuisances.

Commenting on the application, Leader of Pendle Council Coun. Joe Cooney agreed that it is positive to see a centre opening for the children of Trawden.

He added: “It went through planning quite easily last Thursday.

“Some residents had some concerns about pedestrian access, so a condition has been put on to have a clearly defined route for a pedestrian footpath.

“It is bringing another building back into use - it seems to be a good win all round.”

Amanda is now looking at the possibility of obtaining some of Blackburn Diocese’s land, which is located behind St Mary’s Church, for an outdoor skatepark.

She will attend a committee meeting this month to discuss the proposals further.