Major work planned for one of Burnley’s busiest roads

A NEW LOOK: How the new University Ttechnical College will look on Trafalgar Street.
A NEW LOOK: How the new University Ttechnical College will look on Trafalgar Street.

ONE of Burnley’s busiest roads is set for major improvements as part of the further regeneration of the Weavers’ Triangle.

Burnley Council’s Executive is tonight expected to approve a grant offer of £1.5m. from the European Regional Development Fund for highways work surrounding the area.

If given the green light the funding will see the partial realignment of Trafalgar Street to widen the footpaths and create pull-in areas, improvements to the junction of Trafalgar Street and Sandygate, the resurfacing of Sandygate and a new canal footbridge to link Victoria Mill and Sandygate Square.

The first phase of the Weavers’ Triangle regeneration process is well underway with Victoria Mill currently being converted into a University Technical College, which will be aimed at 14 to 19-year-olds and will combine traditional education programmes with employer-led technical training, including apprenticeships. The council is also considering a major planning application for Slater’s Terrace.

It is hoped this £1.5m. worth of funding will help upgrade the area’s infrastructure to meet both the needs of incoming tenants and in the case of Victoria Mill meet outstanding planning approval conditions.

Coun. Andy Tatchell, Executive member for regeneration and economic development, said: “It’s another step forward in an exciting project which will be a vital stepping stone for the Weavers’ Triangle.

“Trafalgar Street and the surrounding area needs work in order to make the Weavers’ Triangle a place that fits its purpose. Access to the area needs looking at and sorting as part of the overall plan. It’s a big stage of the development and a big step forward. The Weavers’ Triangle, as far as the heritage is concerned, is a standout project and this can only help.”