Alan Ashworth spotted this in last week’s Times Newspaper. I think that it summarises our position well. We aren’t “NIMBYs” (Not In My Back Yard), but “SLIMBYs” who simply want Something Logical in My Back Yard”.
The article is behind a paywall, but describes how developers’ focus on green belt land which is more profitable than brown-field sites. This ignores the fact that local infrastructures may not be suited to developments. When roads, schools, health and public utilities are at capacity, large-scale developments are simply not practical.
The next meeting of the Forum will be at 7.45pm on Monday 5th February at the Edenfield Community Centre. A meeting agenda is attached together with a copy of the minutes from the last meeting held on 5th December.
This meeting is being held earlier than anticipated due to the Steering Committee proposing some changes to the Constitution which require the approval of Forum members.
The proposed changes are:
Para 2.1. Deletion of “in partnership with the Council”
Para 3.1. The Area is changed from Eden Ward to Edenfield. As there is no existing definitive boundary to Edenfield the proposed boundaries are shown in appendix A.
Para 1.1 As a result of the change to the Area the name has been changed to “Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum”.
This is obviously a very significant change to the Forum which the Steering Committee considered to be necessary for it’s future successful operation.
The reasons will be discussed at the meeting.
Copies of the proposed revised Constitution and the Appendix A map are attached.
Edenfield has approximately 900 homes varying from old farm and mill worker cottages, terraced housing as well as more modern housing developments. The majority of houses are close to the major thoroughfares of Bury Road, Rochdale Road and Market Street.
Highfield Road, Edenfield
This row of stone cottages are located next to Rochdale Road in Edenfield and are situated below street level.
To give you a feel for Edenfield, this page includes a selection of images, many taken from wikimedia.
Finger Post junction Edenfield, looking North from Church Lane towards Rawtenstall
A Winter’s Evening on Edenfield Bypass. Taken by Paul Anderson on a miserable January winter’s evening, this is the A56 Edenfield bypass during a heavy snow shower. The Edenfield bypass which links the M65 with the M66 was opened to traffic in May 1978.
Bury Old Road South of Bleakholt Road, Bury Old Road becomes a track near to the Bleakholt animal sanctuary.
Scout Moor Wind Farm is the second largest onshore wind farm in England. The wind farm, which was built for Peel Wind Power Ltd, produces electricity from 26 Nordex N80 wind turbines. It has a total nameplate capacity of 65 MW of electricity, providing 154,000 MWh per year, enough to serve the average needs of 40,000 homes. The site occupies 1,347 acres (545 ha) of open moorland between Edenfield, Rawtenstall and Rochdale. The turbines are visible from as far away as south Manchester, 15–20 miles away.
The very first 22 metre turbine tower section climbs the hill out of Edenfield up the A680 Rochdale Road heading for the Scout Moor Wind Farm. This was the first delivery of over 26 wind turbines destined for the nearby Scout Moor wind
First turbine delivery on the M66. On the 21st of November 2007 the very first sections of a turbine tower for the Scout Moor Wind Farm are seen here approaching Edenfield via the M66.
Last Turbine Tower Delivery Passing Through Edenfield. On Saturday the 31st of May 2008 the last of the twenty six turbine towers was delivered to the Scout Moor Wind Farm construction site. The convoy is seen here at the junction of the B6257 Market Street and the A680 Rochdale Road in the centre of Edenfield.
Edenfield is a village within the borough of Rossendale in Lancashire, England. Edenfield lies in the Southern extremity of the Rossendale valley which follows the course of the River Irwell towards Manchester. Edenfield has a population of approximately 2,000 people and 900 dwellings. The centre of Edenfield lies at the intersection of three A roads. The A676 to Bolton, The A680 between Accringron and Rochdale and the A56 between Rawtenstall and Bury. The M66 motorway terminates in Edenfield where it becomes the A56 dual carriageway (commonly referred to as the Edenfield by-pass).
Edenfield is administered by Rossendale Borough Council and Lancashire County Council and it forms part of the parliamentary constituency of Rossendale and Darwen. Edenfield’s name derives from “Aytounfeld” which means “Open Land by the farmstead on well watered land” and was first recorded in 1324. This description remains true to this day. Despite urbanisation throughout the the 19th and 20th centuries, it remains a pleasant open space and Rossendale’s climate ensures that it is “well watered”.