The early stages of a £3m. scheme to refurbish Burnley town centre has been stopped temporarily for Christmas.
The engineering work at the bottom of Manchester Road is coming to a temporary stop to avoid disruption to shoppers and businesses in the busy run-up to Christmas.
Improvements will make a real difference to the way the place feels, and the future prosperity of Burnley.County Coun. John Fillis
Work included replacing broken drains and sewers, installing power supplies, signage and footway improvements, together with a temporary surface to accommodate pedestrian access and disabled parking.
The overall project is funded by Burnley Borough Council and Lancashire County Council.
Coun. Tony Harrison, Burnley Council’s Executive member for community services, said: “It’s great to see the regeneration of the town centre get underway.
“It’s a long-term project and we wanted to start this important work as soon as possible, but obviously we don’t want to disrupt the busiest time of the year. We always planned to put a temporary halt to the work over the festive season.
“We don’t want people to think that the work at the bottom of Manchester Road has finished. It will start again early next year. New granite paving will be going down, as well as street furniture and landscaping, which will make the area look a lot smarter.”
County Coun. John Fillis, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The economic health of Burnley town centre depends on being a place where people want to spend time and money, and these improvements will make a real difference to the way the place feels, and the future prosperity of Burnley.
“This scheme will create the conditions to attract further investment from businesses, and provide jobs for local people, as well improving the day-to-day experience of everyone who visits or works in the area.”
The regeneration scheme aims to make the pedestrianised area of St James’s Street, between Hammerton Street and the bandstand, more attractive and provide a better shopping experience for shoppers, visitors, businesses and anyone who lives and works in the town.
The work will include new paving, new street furniture such as benches and decorative lighting, and a revised “town square” area for future events such as food markets and other activities.