Sabden anger over recycling bin eyesore

QuizIt's time to get those thinking caps on as Sabden Primary School PTFA holds its annual quiz night next Friday, January 28th, at 7-30 p.m. with teams of up to four. It costs £5 to take part and includes a potato pie or veggie supper.

WinnersThe annual Christmas quiz, organised by John and Janice Shorter, proved the most popular yet and raised 110 for St Mary's Community Hall refurbishment fund. There were only two entries which received full marks and named all the towns and villages around the coastline of Britain. Winners were Mr and Mrs Ingham, of Great Harwood. The organisers thank everyone who took part and donated money.

St NicholasThe next meeting of St Nicholas's Church PCC takes place on the re-arranged date of Thursday, at 7-30 p.m. in the institute. The next meeting of the church Ladies' Circle is on Wednesday, March 2nd. The 100 winner of the December draw was Ricky Newmark.

UnityServices have been held at St Mary's RC and Sabden Baptist Church to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

CouncilSabden Parish Council's January meeting was attended by Coun. Antony Haworth (chairman) and councillors John Shorter, Marion Procter, Michael Calvert, Michael Hodds, Jean Haythornthwaite and Bernard Parfitt. The council co-opted a new member, Ricky Newmark, who used to live in the village and has now returned.

There was a discussion over plans to build five new homes on the old Birtwell Printer's site in Stubbins Lane, next to Littlemoor and the caravan park. The plans is to remove the redundant buildings and build on the derelict site. No objections had been received from neighbours and parish councillors welcome the site being rescued from dereliction, but there was concern about the design of the houses proposed. They are designed with wood fascias and some councillors felt they are not in keeping with the rest of the village. One councillor voted against the proposal and although the council resolved to offer no objections it will send its concerns about the design to the planning authority. The development includes one "affordable" home.

There were no objections to plans for the change of use of a holiday cottage, Dove Cottage at Greenbank Cottages, off Whalley Road, into residential use.

RecyclingA controversial bright blue recycling bin outside Sabden Primary School is still upsetting neighbours, councillors were told. The clothes recycling bin was placed outside the school in the centre of the village in Clithereoe Road last year and is said to be well used by parents and raises 30 to 40 for the school each month.

Councillors were told neighbours and other residents have complained for months that it is an eyesore and should be moved out of sight or screened off. The school will plant shrubs round it in the spring, but the residents want something done sooner. One resident, speaking on behalf of others, said the bin reduced Sabden's chances of success in the Best-Kept Village Competition and Sabden should withdraw if the bin remained. It was pointed out, however, that discussions had taken place with the school headteacher and the bin was to remain where it was. One councillor said he agreed with the residents and a bright blue bin was not what you would expect to see in the centre of the village and next to the school which is a beautiful building. Another said there was already a large recycling centre on the village car park and could it not be placed there. One member said it was "another example of visual pollution." The parish council, while appreciating it provides income for the school and encourages children to recycle, has sympathy with residents and is to urge the school to screen off the bin as soon as possible if it cannot find another site for it. The parish council representative on the school governing body will raise the issue at the next meeting.

Waste binsThere was concern about the number of households in Sabden which leave wheelie bins at the front of their properties all the time, creating an eyesore. Councillors discussed the issue after a resident complained about a householder in Whalley Road leaving their bins outside in Gardeners Row. The council said this was an issue at several properties and created an eyesore. The council hopes residents who do this will move their bins out of sight where possible to improve the look of the village.

ReportsThe playground inspection had found the area in reasonable condition and no particular problems. The council is looking at possible ways to celebrate the Great Poppy Party weekend, June 10th to 12th, to mark the Royal British Legion's 90th birthday or National Family Week, May 30th to June 5th. Any suggestions will be welcome and the council will also look at the borough council's plans to mark the events. It was reported a large Father Christmas statue that had been stolen from the White Hart had been found broken and hidden behind the recycling bins on the village car park. The theft from two village churches, and attempted theft from another, was also reported. A man had been due to appear before Blackburn magistrates charged with theft, but had failed to attend and a warrant had been issued.

ClosureCouncillors were asked if there were any sites in Sabden where highway markings are worn and need refreshing. They are to give a list to Lancashire County Council Highway Dept whose staff will be in the village in February to carry out work on Bull Bridge. The bridge at Padiham Road will be closed to all through traffic from February 19th to 27th while work is carried out to make a new road layout including a traffic priority system and better provision for pedestrians.

MeetingAt the February meeting of Sabden Parish Council, on Tuesday, February 1st, Mr Mike Otter, the new county council "parish champion" will talk about his role. The meeting, in St Nicholas's Institute, will be at the earlier time of 7 p.m.