Consultation Period Open for our Neighbourhood Forum Application

As you are probably aware the Forum Management Committee submitted our application for designation of the Forum to Rossendale Council on 23rd February. A few days later (and much earlier than we anticipated) the Council publicised this which started the six week consultation period. Our application and relevant information is on the RBC website at:

During the consultation period, comments on our application can be made to the Council. Comments can be submitted online at: . Please note that if you do not accept for the Council to hold your details on their database then you will not be allowed to complete the survey.

The first Forum newsletter has now been finalised and we expect to distribute this throughout Edenfield over the next two weeks. We are hoping that this will result in many more members joining us.

The next meeting of the Forum will be scheduled for sometime in May with the exact date to be advised in due course. At that time we will report on all of the work being done by the Management Committee. Hopefully by then we will also have a decision from the Council on our application for designation.

We’re not NIMBYs, we’re SLIMBYs

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.

Meeting Agenda – Monday 5th February 19:45

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.

Minutes of ECNF meeting 5th December 2017
Agenda forECNF meeting 5th February 2018
Constitution – Appendix A (map)

Constitution (draft) (revised 19th January 2018)

Edenfield’s surroundings

East Lancs Railway - - 1103438
East Lancs Railway in the valley bottom at Lumb below Edenfield.
Edenfield from the A56 Link Road - - 958803
The rear of properties on Bury Roadd Edenfield, viewed from the A56 Link Road

Valley up to the Scout Moor Reservoir - - 373585
Valley up to the Scout Moor Reservoir The green grassy dam at the head of the valley can be seen. Beyond this is Scout Moor Reservoir. The old tram line’s route can be clearly seen along the right-hand side of the valley. Downstream leads to Dearden Clough and the remains of Plunge Mill.
Edenfield Graveyard - - 35337
Graveyard at Edenfield Parish Church.
Feeding Time - - 706100
Feeding Time A farmer tends to his sheep just below Fecit Farm next to the A680 Rochdale Road.
Michael Wife Lane, near Edenfield, Lancashire - - 59629
Michael Wife Lane, near Edenfield, Lancashire. An unusual name for this bridleway leading northwards from the A680

Edenfield Junior School - - 1124506
Edenfield C of E Primary School
Stubbins Primary School, south of the A56 - - 122921
Stubbins Primary School, south of the A56.

The Plunge - - 301249
Dearden Brook, known locally as “The Plunge” runs between Scout Moor and Edenfield


Waugh's Well - - 123742
Waugh’s Well. This monument was originally built on the site of a spring in 1866 to honour Rochdale-born Edwin Waugh (1817-1890), one of Lancashire’s finest poets. It was rebuilt in 1966 in memory of Ward Ogden, a local naturalist and rambler. It makes for a fine contemplative viewpoint and resting place on the Rossendale Way.

Edenfield Businesses

Bridge Mills, Edenfield, Lancashire - - 59615

Bridge Mills, Edenfield, Lancashire. This old cotton mill is now being used as a series of light industrial units, many associated with the motor trade.

Coach and Horses Market Street Edenfield - - 499123
The former Coach and Horses Pub, Market Street Edenfield. This pub is now renamed “The Coach”
Drop Off Cafe, Edenfield. A popular watering hole for walkers and cyclists.


Market Place - - 882101
Market Place With Exchange Street to the right. These buildings are occupied by Celeste Arnold hairdressers and Valentine’s butchers.
The Bizzy Plaice Fish and Chips, 7, Market St, Edenfield - - 1367561
The Bizzy Plaice Fish and Chips, 7, Market St, Edenfield

Edenfield Housing

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.

Cottages, Market Street - - 1400553
Cottages, Market Street
Edenfield Conservative Club Market Street - - 499119
The former Conservative Club Market Street, Edenfield. Now converted to flats.

Heycrofts View, Edenfield - - 1400543
Heycrofts View off Market Street, Edenfield. These properties were built on land next to the former Co-op buildings at Elizabeth Street.
Highfield Road, Edenfield - - 920702

Highfield Road, EdenfieldRochdale Road Edenfield - - 399378

This row of stone cottages are located next to Rochdale Road in Edenfield and are situated below street level.

Bolton Road North, Edenfield - - 920710
Terraced Houses on Bolton Road North, Edenfield
The Old Bank, Market Street - - 1400516
Bank House, Edenfield.

Edenfield’s roads

To give you a feel for Edenfield, this page includes a selection of images, many taken from wikimedia.

"Finger Post" junction, Edenfield - - 1547898Finger Post junction Edenfield, looking North from Church Lane towards Rawtenstall

A Winter's Evening on Edenfield Bypass - - 1126433A 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.

A56 Edenfield Bypass Link Road - - 314874
A56 Edenfield Bypass Link Road. Edenfield shared in the textile boom of the 18th and 19th centuries, but also has a long farming tradition. This continues today, with open farmland only a few minutes’ walk from the cottage homes in the village. Most of the mills have been demolished or converted to other uses. Much of the land in the area is in the ownership of the National Trust, the result of a bequest by the Porritt family in memory of Richard Porritt, the first Member of Parliament to be killed in action during the Second World War, and many attractive footpaths traverse this area, including a section of the 45-mile Rossendale Way long-distance footpath.
A56 Edenfield Bypass looking North - - 1124499
A56 Edenfield Bypass looking North Towards Rossendale and Burnley. Photograph by Robert Wade.
A56 Edenfield Bypass looking South - - 1124497
A56 Edenfield Bypass looking South Towards the M66 and M60. Photograph taken by Robert Wade.

Bolton Road North, Edenfield - - 883686
Bolton Road North, Edenfield. Bolton Road North links the centre of Edenfield with the main A56 trunk road. The monument on the hill in the distance is Peel Tower on Holcombe Hill.

Boundary Signs, Bury Road - - 1149572
Boundary Signs, Bury Road, Edenfield.
Bury Old Road - - 1771910

Bury Old Road South of Bleakholt Road, Bury Old Road becomes a track near to the Bleakholt animal sanctuary.

Bury Road, Bolton Road North Junction - - 721770
Bury Road, Bolton Road North Junction
Church Lane, Edenfield - - 900530
Church Lane, Edenfield Looking west along the lane that serves a few remote houses and links to tracks to Irwell Vale.