Published December 13, 2018 at 15:55
Following last night’s [Wednesday, December 12] full Council meeting, Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, released an update on Spinning Point:
In the summer, the Council agreed in principle our vision for Spinning Point phase two. Since then, members from all political parties have been looking in detail at the proposals to make sure what we were proposing was actually deliverable and was backed by firm evidence.
The politically balanced cross party working group met three times to examine the continuing and comprehensive appraisal of the proposals.
This robust process showed that a high quality, cutting edge luxury spa was viable, deliverable and desirable.
However, the process also showed that a hotel would be too risky in the current climate. Therefore, the working group unanimously agreed not to pursue that option at this time but instead go for a residential offer. Securing more overnight accommodation for the borough is still a long term aim which we will continue to work on.
I am delighted that Council agreed to proceed with the preferred scheme of a spa, apartments and seven retail/food and beverage units.
We will now press on with making this vision a reality. Exciting times lay ahead. There is a real buzz around Rawtenstall and this development will contribute to that. The town and the Rossendale as a whole is on the up.