Pendle Council considers sale of Holmefield House, Barrowford

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PENDLE Council is looking to sell one of Barrowford’s most iconic buildings, Holmefield House, and Barrowford Parish Council has stated it may have an interest in re-locating its offices to the Gisburn Road building.

At last week’s meeting of Pendle’s Barrowford and Western Parishes Committee, members were told by Pendle Council’s executive director Philip Mousdale the council was in talks to declare the building “surplus to requirement”.

He said that because the council property is no longer required for council use, it would be put on the open market.

Barrowford Parish Council chairman Mr John Pope told the meeting: ”We certainly have an interest”, and added the parish council would be weighing up its options.

The decision to dispose of the building will be brought before Pendle Council’s Executive in March for members to make a decision. It is expected the parish council will also declare its interest here.

Coun. John David pushed for the parish council to have first say on the building.

He said: “It is an emotional building for Barrowford. It seems to me that Barrowford Parish Council should have first choice.”

He added that, if not, Barrowford should still benefit from the sale.

“I think the money should come back to Barrowford. I would suggest any proceeds are earmarked for the benefit of Barrowford.”

The move would see the parish council move just a few hundred yards down the road.