The flats have been stood on Chapel Street
ever since the original chapel was demolished.
The Chairman of Rishton Area Council
reported on the 21st September 2001, that the Chapel Street flats were due to be
demolished on Monday, 8th October, 2001
and requested that residents gave their thoughts and
ideas on what should be done with the land after
demolition. She indicated that suggestions had
already been sent in and that these were on display
on the Boards. Ideas had ranged from a community
centre and play area to a car park, and she provided
details of some costings for these projects.
Residents provided the
following suggestions; a car park, bungalows for the
elderly or disabled, selling the land to a private
developer, a community centre and a play area. Steve
Watson, Area Council Co-ordinator indicated that
some of these schemes would not be financially
viable through the Area Council and would need
funding from other sources, in addition to other
problems which would have to be carefully
A resident commented
that the ideal place for a play area would be on the
land, currently leased by the Council until 2005,
known as the ‘Bottom Rec.’ Others suggested that a
community centre should be built on this land, as
there was a need for one in Rishton, and as such the
land should be purchased under compulsory order.
However, Steve Watson explained that this could only
be done for very good reasons. He requested that
residents determine what should happen to the Chapel
Street land and, if necessary, how to raise
additional funding for schemes that are suggested.
Ideas from residents were then collated and the
results were as follows:-
1 to build a youth
6 to build bungalows
8 construct a play area
5 to build a community
3 to construct a car
park and a play area
1 to construct a car
park, play area and gardens
It was explained that
these ideas would be taken away for discussion and
evaluation by the Area Council. Further consultation
with residents would take place and the outcomes
reported at the next meeting of Rishton Area
During the last week of October 2001, the flats were
demolished. Here in pictures is what happened.....
The flats consisted of three blocks of flats each block was
set back a stage, and there were 3 levels to each block.
There were six flats in each block making a total of 18 flats
Hyndburn Borough council, it turns out were in breach of the law when they
demolished the flats. They had not gain any kind of planning permission to
demolish them and the land stood empty for several years after the buildings had
This amounted to a huge loss of revenue from rents for the flats, as well as the
cost of the demolition work itself.
Stott's demolition were the contractors who won the contract
to carry out the work.
On the 24th January 2002, Councillor Scaife informed the Rishton
Area Council meeting that the flats had
been demolished and indicated that this area of land would
be grassed in the Spring. She reported that an Officer of
the Council would be looking into the feasibility of forming
a residents group to investigate further possibilities.
To find out what happened to the land after the flats were demolished,