Lancashire has always been rather forward thinking in the antiques world where it boasts one of the most famous cabinet makers in the country, Robert Gillow of Lancaster, as one of its sons. This week, it is putting itself firmly on the antiques map again and it is Burnley Council that is looking seriously at a plan by the owners of Kings Mill Antiques Centre to replace a former skate park at Banks Hall Works, Colne Road, with an antiques centre. Not only would the move safeguard jobs at the Antiques Centre but will also create new ones.
Permissions have already been turned down by the council to turn the site into offices and it is obviously the nature of the antiques trade that appeals to them. The Banks Hall Works, originally housed the local colliery offices, and the owner of the Kings Mill Antiques Centre wants to preserve the building’s history and heritage. It is obvious that Burnley Council is taking considerable time and effort to sanction a business on the site that fits well into the town and local communities. According to reporter John Livesey from This is Lancashire, the council are also considering any traffic build up that change of use would bring plus any adverse effects to local wildlife.
The tone of the article also suggested that the council thought the antiques centre would be a good place for people to just come and visit. The centre certainly would provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy antique furniture, ceramics, artworks, jewellery, and learn from the experience. Rather than peering at artefacts through glass as you would in a museum, this would be an opportunity to carefully handle something precious with a view to possibly owning it.
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