Town Council’s Colne Plan Shifts to Heritage Focus

STANLEY the Dog was the face of The Colne Plan’s Town Centre draft policies.  Now local historian, Geoff Crambie, will take centre stage, as the focus shifts to the draft policies that aim to preserve Colne’s Heritage.

Geoff, author of several books on Colne, is shown pointing at the last remaining section of Colne’s magnificent Georgian Cloth Hall, which was demolished in 1953.  “We want to ensure this never happens again”, said Geoff, “which is why I am getting behind The Colne Plan.”

The Colne Plan sets the agenda for Colne until 2030, so is a very important document.
The Town Council web site has a dedicated web page on heritage within The Colne Plan: www.colnetowncouncil.org.uk/historic/

Cllr Sarah Cockburn-Price has drafted a list of important buildings in Colne and these will get extra protection if The Colne Plan is passed.  “As an offcumd’un, I wasn’t sure where to start with this task.  I was looking for buildings that are not protected by a national listing, but are special to Colne because something significant happened there, or because they are architecturally distinguished.  I received lots of suggestions from members of The Working Party, especially Cllr Joe Cooney, from the Friends of Colne Library and from Geoff Crambie.  This task has taught me much about Colne’s history and by the end, it became a labour of love”.

The Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Working Group has arranged Informal Consultation Events so people can learn more about The Plan.  Cllr Paul Foxley, Chairman of Colne Town Council, has created a mini road show, with banners that distil the Plan’s main themes down as a precursor to people reading The Plan itself.  He said: “We really want people to have their say on our Plan, which we have been working on for over a year.  In fact, the responses we get to this Consultation will form part of our evidence base, which will come under scrutiny from a Planning Inspector. There is no doubt about it, Neighbourhood Planning really empowers people to directly influence the future of their communities.”

The next events for The Colne Plan are on:
Tuesday, 29th May 2018 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Colne Town Hall
Saturday, 2nd June 2018 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Colne Market Hall
Thursday, 7th June 2018 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Colne Cricket Club

The deadline for comments on The Colne Plan is 30th June.