Holmefield House talks

TALKS are to be held to try to secure the future use of Holmefield House, Barrowford, as a community facility for the village.

Members of Pendle Council’s Executive have agreed to declare the building surplus to its requirements - but have opted not to place it on the market for sale.

Instead, they are to hold talks with Barrowford Parish Council, which has expressed an interest in using the building as a meeting place for community groups, with the council itself moving its offices from Gisburn Road to the more spacious first floor.

Council clerk Iain Lord told the Executive that the forthcoming closure of Barrowford Civic Hall would leave the village without suitable community facilities and the parish council’s own offices were not ideal for the various village groups which met there.

“We would be extremely interested in talking to you about Holmefield House,” said Mr Lord.

Coun. Jonathan Eyre said the civic hall was “past its sell-by date and not fit for purpose” while Holmefield House could be of benefit to the community.

Coun. Tony Greaves reminded members of the building’s historic links with the Holden family and the old Barrowford Urban District Council, adding: “It was given to the people of Barrowford for public use.

“You can’t run a local authority on romantic history and nostalgia but you can take account of it.”

Mr Lord said that the parish council had expressed a hope that if it took over the building, a possible long-term use would be as a satellite police station for Barrowford - at the moment, the village is without a patrol and officers have to walk from Colne.