Disappointing start to Waterside meeting

PROPOSED CHANGES: Walton Street, as it should look by May 2015 (S)
PROPOSED CHANGES: Walton Street, as it should look by May 2015 (S)

The May meeting of the Waterside Neighbourhood Action Group got off on a disappointing note.

It heard that a speaker on the housing plans for Walton Street, announced recently, was unable to get out of Manchester because of traffic problems caused by the victory parade of Manchester City’s Premier League title success.

It is hoped the speaker will be able to attend the June meeting.

A Pendle Environmental Crime Officer attended and gave details regarding dogs.

A leaflet, produced locally, was distributed giving council and police details and who to contact depending on the problem.

Residents suggested that greater information needed to be displayed about keeping dogs on leads in town centres and places like parks and cemeteries and on public transport.

There was difference of opinion about when and if a dog can be considered under control.

Coun. Tony Greaves gave details of a bill going through parliament redefining ASBOs which will address the problem regarding dog control.

Public toilets also were discussed.

Colne Town Council is in the process of drawing up a map showing where facilities have been agreed to be open to the public, but the meeting heard it was highly unlikely that existing toilets would be opened up as in the past, many were obsolete and too expensive to repair.

There was discussion about what should be done about the old health centre in Market Street.

A group of councillors is looking into it and is anxious to hear from residents about their ideas for this prominent building.