19 October 2019 07:05

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Boundary Mill burglar was caught in the act

Horsfall, 38, of Burnley Road, Colne, pleaded guilty to burglary at Boundary Mill Stores, theft of a purse from a car and using contactless bank cards from the purse on two occasions, and handling a Stihl strimmer and a Boardman bike which had been stolen in a burglary at commercial premises. MANY restaurants and cafés these days like to specialise in one style of food or another. One-such is Banny's, basically the first building you come to when the M65 runs out in Colne. As part of the Boundary Mill operation, it has to cope with large numbers on a daily basis - coach trips make a beeline to the place and all those shoppers need feeding. At the opposite end of the car park from the retail outlet, Banny's has a large open reception area dominated by a cylindrical fish tank which delights younger visitors but which, given the nature of the menu, I found a bit disturbing.

The restaurant itself is decorated in what designers would probably call beach hut chic, dark blue paintwork contrasting with the bleached white woodwork and lots of decorative nick nacks ranging from paintings of lighthouses to giant lampshades made to look like upturned fishing boats. Banny's classes itself as primarily a fish and chip restaurant and therefore the menu naturally has a distinctly fishy bias to it. It doesn't offer the biggest choice - although you can opt for a couple of non fish dishes including jumbo hot dogs. Initially I was tempted by the intriguing sounding Indian fish and chips but ultimately went for the smoked haddock fishcakes (£7.95). The better half meanwhile opted for Banny's signature haddock burger (£8.95).

The fish cakes came with a bowl of chip shop-style chips and were sat on a bed of salad. There was a decent amount of chips, certainly enough for all but the heartiest of appetites, and they did have the genuine chip shop look and taste about them. The fish cakes themselves had a golden, crisp coating - maybe a little overdone for some, but I quite liked it. The better half's burger - basically Banny's version of an arch rival's fillet 'o fish - was a thing to behold. A large piece of fish inside a bun with salad and even a slice of cheese plus the obligatory basket of chips.

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Puddings are available, including what looked like a brick-sized sticky toffee pudding but we were full and had to concede defeat. Given the number of meals Banny's must deal with on a daily basis, the quality is pretty decent and although basically a posh fish and chip shop it does feel very different to most establishments. DHENKANAL: At least four people were killed and five others seriously injured on Sunday when the boundary wall of a closed rice mill collapsed near Alasuahat, a weekly market here. According to sources, trading activities were going on as usual when a portion of the boundary wall suddenly caved in, killing four people on spot. A team of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) along with Fire Brigade personnel and police officers carried out the rescue operation. Several vehicles, including two-wheelers and bicycles parked near the wall, were crushed under the debris, the sources said. The Fire Brigade personnel admitted the injured in district headquarters hospital (DHH). Dhenkanal Collector Nikhil Pawan Kalyan and SP Anupama James visited the spot to take stock of the rescue operation. The Collector also visited DHH and enquired about the condition of the injured patients from the doctors. The sources said Hansraj Rice Mill had been lying abandoned for several years with little or no maintenance. The Collector told the media persons that the mill's condition and lease aspects will be looked into and notices issued to all parties related to the mill. The municipality authorities have demolished the remaining part of the boundary wall. The Collector said steps will be taken to demolish all unauthorised buildings and structures creating hurdles and constructed illegally in the town. Executive Officer of Dhenkanal Municipality Atanu kumar Samant said they will issue notice to mill owner Purushottam D Sundar Das. Expressing his profound grief over the incident, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced ex gratia of ` four lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased. Free treatment will be provided to the injured, he said. The Collector has also sanctioned Rs 25,000 for the families of each deceased. With windows, gardens and terraces overlooking a river, waterfall and lake, Highbridge Lodge has the most serene of locations. For the money you get a modern interior with five bedrooms, a large kitchen, dining area and lounge plus a snug. Outside there is a third of an acre of gardens and terraces overlooking the River Dearne and a former mill pond. The advert says: "The property enjoys gardens overlooking a former mill pond and waterfall which creates the most idyllic of settings..." It adds: "The property is set within grounds of approximately one third of an acre boasting a private tree lined boundary having shaped lawn gardens with established borders, a natural running brook (River Dearne) with a wonderful back drop in the form of a former mill pond belonging to a neighbouring property. "A well-proportioned stone flagged seating terrace to the roof of the garage presents a stunning place to enjoy al fresco dining whilst taking in the surroundings of the garden and adjoining woodland. "The whole of the gardens are set within an idyllic rural setting with a woodland wrapped boundary with wonderful views over the adjoining mill pond and its waterfall which runs into the river." B.C.'s forest companies are seeing their first test of the NDP government's requirement to approve timber licence transfers, with a $60 million purchase of logging rights made available by the latest sawmill closure. Canfor's decision to close its Vavenby sawmill this week includes a deal to sell two licences in the Adams Lake area to Interfor, which owns the mill at Adams Lake. Interfor has applied to the B.C. forests ministry for the approval, required under legislation passed in May. Interfor CEO Duncan Davies noted that the company spent $140 million modernizing Adams Lake in 2009, making it one of the most efficient in B.C. The companies are working with the province to maintain logging contractors and truckers in the region, as Vavenby's closure affects 172 direct employees. "This transaction materially enhances Adams Lake's log supply and sets the stage for its future success in much the same way the investments made 10 years ago set the stage for its success over the last decade," Davies said. RELATED: Canfor announces closure of Vavenby sawmill Donaldson said the previous B.C. Liberal government's changes in 2003 "artificially constructed an asset for companies, that being forest tenure, that they can and have traded." He cited the timber supply transfer between Canfor and West Fraser in 2013 that saw mills close at Houston and Quesnel, as the artificially high timber cut to salvage beetle-killed pine began to wind down. Premier John Horgan has said the big players in B.C. are working with the new rules, but "the ones that wanted to get out of town with a big bag of money weren't happy about it." Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson, the previous forests minister, said the NDP government is interfering in business decisions and increased reporting, based on a so-far undefined public interest. "The processing facility operators are really going to be busy in a forest of forms and reports," Thomson told the legislature. West Fraser has announced one-week shutdowns this month at its mills in Quesnel, Williams Lake, Smithers and Fraser Lake, reducing capacity by 30 million board feet. It also cited high log cost and low prices, which have been aggravated by continued import duties imposed by the U.S. Interfor's Adams Lake lumber mill is at Chase, north of Salmon Arm. Canfor's Vavenby operation is further north, near Clearwater and east of the Cariboo region, which has seen its own mill closures and tenure swaps. Interfor announced in late May it is extending its reduced operating days at three B.C. Interior mills, at Castlegar, Grand Forks and Adams Lake. The curtailment is expected to reduce production by 20 million board feet during June, from mills with a total annual capacity of 750 million board feet. The reduction was implemented in May, as Interfor joined other B.C. producers in adjusting for low lumber prices and high log costs. Canfor cited the same factors in its announcement to workers that Vavenby is closing this week. On the B.C. coast, Surrey-based Teal Jones Group announced May 31 that its second-growth logging at Honeymoon Bay on Vancouver Island is shut down due to "excessive stumpage rates" charged by the B.C. government. That will soon mean lost mill time and employment at Teal Jones' mills in Surrey, where a shortage of logs has already resulted in the loss of four weeks of run time so far in 2019. Teal Jones said in a statement it expects that when the Horgan government's coastal revitalization plan reduces log exports, stumpage rates will be adjusted to reflect domestic milling. "However, the changes to the stumpage system to reflect this reality will not come into place until 2020," Teal Jones said. "In the interim, the mounting losses are requiring the company to curtail the second-growth harvesting operations."