Opinion and Chat

Teacher acquitted in slapping allegation – The privacy dilemma

The reports of a local teacher being acquitted of hitting one of his pupils, calls into question again the way that our court cases are reported. The name and picture of the teacher, who has been in teaching for many years, was published at the point of charge and again at the point of acquittal. The senior teacher, who is 63, has …

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Bus Station set to cover part of old market site in Blackburn

Blackburn Old Market

With the news today in the Lancashire Telegraph that a new bus station is to be built on part of the site of the former market, we want your opinions about this move. The new 14 stand £5m bus station will replace the current Boulevard bus station that has been in the same location for decades in various guises. The …

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Psychic Sally Morgan returns to Blackburn – Do you believe?

Sally Morgan is one of Britain’s best know psychics and regularly filled large concert halls months in advance. Her show in Blackburn on Wednesday 2nd May 2012 still has tickets available (around 130 when last checked) so could still be a full house by Wednesday night. Sally was caught in the centre of allegations last year and her authenticity was in question. …

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Massive Supermarket on the way to Blackburn Town Centre? Will Local Traders Survive?

Blackburn Old Market

According to reports in the Lancashire Telegraph today, Blackburn with Darwen Council want discussions with an unnamed proposed purchaser of the former Blackburn market site. The site, which closed last year when the market was relocated to a new development underneath The Mall shopping centre, has been empty whilst the council considers the options from potential developers. The scheme would comprise of …

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Blackburn with Darwen Council – Do they want thriving businesses or not?

El Greco Blackburn

Following the report in the LT about a dispute between the owner of El Greco‘s cafe on Church Street, where he reports that Blackburn with Darwen Council have insisted that he remove a temporary gazebo that provides cover for some of the outdoor seating he has. Perhaps the council would be wise to consult their own website where they say: …

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A Year in the Life of Blackburn – 2011 – Opinion

Blackburn News from Blackburn Life

What are your Blackburn highlights and low points of 2011? What are your hopes for 2012? Here are a couple from Blackburn Life. A major topic of discussion and debate amongst many this year has been the fortunes, or lack of them, of Blackburn Rovers. The purchase of the team by Venky’s has proved not to have been successful and certainly not popular …

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Market Taxi Rank is hindering Traffic and Custom in Blackburn

Following the opening of the new Blackburn Market, it appears to have been very much an afterthought to create a taxi rank outside on Church Street. The small area, which has valuable parking spaces for customers to nip into the market at the bottom of Church Street, has been made into a chaotic dead end, with much of the chaos appearing …

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Blackburn Out of Town Shopping Centres – Who Wins?

With the announcement of Peel Holding’s plans to revitalise Whitebirk and apply to relax the planning rules imposed on the site, so that they can sell a wider range of goods and therefore attract more retail stores and Tesco’s proposal for the Hill Street store to be rebuilt as a massive Tesco Extra, is it time for a change of …

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Blackburn Nightlife – Is Blackburn finally dead after 5pm?

Blackburn Life Opinion – Blackburn Nightlife Following the news story that the former Cheers Bar on King William Street has had their licence revoked following an appalling range of alcohol related violence and under-age drinking, is this the end for Blackburn Nightlife? Looking back 10 or 20 years ago, Blackburn had a thriving evening economy, with places such as Peppermint …

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Thwaites to leave Blackburn Town Centre and Sainsbury’s Move In?

It is reported in the LT that Thwaites are searching for alternative sites and are likely to move out of Blackburn Town Centre in the next few years. Thwaites appear to have come to an agreement with supermarket giant Sainsbury’s to build a superstore on the site, subject to planning permission. What do you think of this likely move? How …

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On street parking charges killing local business in Blackburn?

Dave Harling, of Blackburn with Darwen Council is reported in the Lancashire Telegraph to have said  that parking income was important to the town hall, especially with funding cuts. He also said: “Clearly we don’t want to put companies out of business.” It would be interesting to balance out the benefit to the town of road changes, street covering renewals and other …

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Blackburn University. Really?

Blackburn college are to apply for their own ability to validate degrees. This could be the first step in the College becoming an independent university. The degrees that the college currently offer are validated by other universities. Principal Ian Clinton said “If successful, being able to validate our own Foundation Degrees will allow us to respond much quicker to market …

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Non-story of the day! Mum blasts Blackburn Rovers’ club owners.

For the avid readers of the Lancashire Telegraph, today’s story about Venkys, the owners of Blackburn Rovers, failing to deliver on a promise to a young fan, must count as one of the best non-stories featured recently. That is unless you want to include the front page headline regarding a faulty door hinge at Blackburn train station as a contender. …

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Cost of public projects – Are they out of control?

Following some of the recent news about projects either underway or about to start in Blackburn, do the cost of these projects just seem excessive? Here are some of the most recent: £1.7m for adding a cover to platform 4 at Blackburn railway station (including a lift, windbreak, PA system and CCTV). Was the original refurbishment of the station with …

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Too many degrees or too few jobs?

Blackburn butcher, Doug Ewens, has had applications from law graduates for an assistant role on Blackburn market paying barely above minimum wage. He had 235 applications for the apprentice role including out of work managers and surveyors. Mr Ewens, 43, said he could not believe the level of interest from people who would normally expect a well-paid professional job but  were …

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Sunday Opening – Remember When?

Seeing that most large stores have to close, by law, on Easter Sunday, do you enjoy the peace and quiet? Shopping seems to have become a national pastime. Who remembers Sundays before the shops were allowed to open? Are we better or worse for the 24 hour lifestyle?

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Blackburn Market – The Future

We are approaching the closure of the ‘old’ market in Blackburn as the prospects of the ‘new’ market underneath the Mall is as yet unknown, although we hope it thrives, as Blackburn surely needs this. What are the options for the old market site? There is a concern that Blackburn with Darwen council will fall into the trap of allowing one of …

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