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This was the first residents association to be formed in Rishton in 2001. They have actively sought to stop Holt Street Recreation ground becoming another housing estate, as well as trying to tidy up the site of the former chapel street flats
Residents living in Rishton were being plagued by large groups of youths who were congregating in several areas particularly Chapel Street and Parker Street. After discussions with local police, Mr. Alan Presho of Parker Street called a meeting of the local community on the 11th September 2001 at the Rishton Free Gardeners Club.
It was explained to the group of attendees, how the lack of facilities and amenities was a contributory factor to the youth problem and how we should work together to try and improve the facilities. To this end a residents association was formed and a committee was elected.
The committee held its first meeting on September 25th at which the aims of the group were defined and the name of the association was chosen.
The first full meeting of the association was held on November 1st and was attended by 38 residents, 7 committee members and representatives from the local police.
On 15th of April 2002 a special general meeting was called and a constitution was agreed.
The first objective of the group was to save the “bottom rec” (Holt Street Recreation Ground) in order to provide much needed facilities for the local youth.
Shortly after the demolition of the Chapel Street flats the association became aware of the need to restore the derelict land that was left in their wake and to this end they have been working with councillors and council officials to provide a Community Garden on the site. This Garden was duly opened in April 2005.
- Chairman – David Haworth – Hermitage Street
- Treasurer – Anne Kinsella – Peters Row
- Secretary – Linda Burns – Parker Street
Dave Haworth (Hermitage Street)