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Life in the Northern Powerhouse

I have lived and run my business in the Northern Powerhouse region for some years and, until recently, the area was dismissed as ‘ Somewhere to Avoid Up North’ by Southerners, oblivious to its assets. Now that it has been given this new title, ‘Northern Powerhouse’, everyone who is anyone, Down South, is talking about it. Meanwhile, the locals are waiting with eager anticipation to find out what this Northern  Powerhouse is going to mean for us. As a resident observer, I am well placed to give a first hand account of whatever happens in the exciting times ahead.

 

The Northern Powerhouse in Action

Barrowford (Near Nelson) Flooded Pylon - Boxing Day 2015

 

Inevitably, there is speculation on what might be going on and rumours are flying. Everyone was asking the question ’Whatever for?!!’, when a massive deserted  cotton mill at the bottom of Brierfield, overlooking the railway on one side and the motorway on the other, was being refurbished as a luxury hotel and spa, with executive apartments. Then someone commented that it was good to see redundant buildings being given a new purpose and it was a shame that the great palace of an Arndale Centre, 5 minutes away, in Nelson, was going to waste, as so many of its shops had been closed down. That brought an interesting possibility. The Houses of Parliament are supposed to need urgent repairs and a suitable building needs to be found as a temporary replacement for Parliament to sit. Posh accommodation close to transport links would also be needed for MPs. One solution could be that Parliament moves to Nelson!

          The remaining Arndale shops could be evicted and the Arndale refitted as the House of Commons with the Strangers’ Gallery on the balcony. It would have the additional benefits of an adjoining multi-storey car park and a Police Station next door, providing ample security if a couple more policemen were drafted in. The mill could provide accommodation for MPs and a 1st Class carriage, with seats, could be added to the hourly local train, to give them easy access to Manchester (with just one change at Blackburn).

       Of course the Government doesn’t want to be seen in a position of weakness during its enforced exile, so the Spin Doctors have been working hard to re-brand the area as the Northern Powerhouse so that the MPs can say that they have moved to the New Seat of Power in the very centre of Britain.

 

More to follow.... (as and when something happens) - Click here for more