A planning application was submitted to demolish Grane Mill, Haslingden
and replace it with housing. It went to Committee but was deferred as
the applicant wanted to make alterations to the details. Meanwhile it
had been discovered that a 1906 steam engine of rare type and in intact
condition was present in the building. Kathy Fishwick of the local
heritage trust took the details of this personally to Cockspur Street,
to avoid accidents; as a result the engine, engine house, chimney and
line shafting have been Scheduled. (the rest of the mill is as yet
unprotected, but there are moves to have it Listed). All this while the
application was still pending, which shows that such things can be done.
A local councillor wondered why the engine could not simply be given to
the East Lancs railway - apparently being unaware there is such a thing
as a stationary steam engine
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