Have your say on the future of Padiham

Exciting plans for the future of Padiham have been unveiled.

Monday, 12th December 2016, 2:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:36 pm

Burnley Council, which has secured support for the Padiham Crafting the Future project, organised a drop-in at the Fixhub in Church Street, Padiham, to give people an opportunity to discuss the proposals.

The event provided an opportunity to have a say on plans to transform an area within the Padiham town centre conservation area – an area of predominantly Victorian buildings, which includes properties along Burnley Road at the heart of Padiham.

Money has been set aside by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Padiham Scheme and the council can now apply for the full grant.

The full grant involves a five year programme bid for £1.45m. to breathe new life back into the heart of Padiham through three key areas:

• Repair and restoration works to buildings – this will involve grant aided works available to property owners at a fixed percentage to cover the costs of external repair and restoration works to retain the historic nature of the area.

• Public Realm Scheme – £250,000 is earmarked for environmental improvements to include decluttering of street furniture, introduction of traffic calming measures, new pavement surfaces and public art.

• Wider Activity Programme – a programme of community engagement events and heritage skills training activities.

Burnley Council deputy leader Coun. John Harbour said: “Padiham has a lovely market town feel with some stunning architecture.

“There are some great specialist shops in Padiham and we hope the HLF funding will bring the buildings and heritage back into full economic use; will greatly enhance the town centre; build on the civic pride in the area; and bring many new visitors and shoppers to the town in the future.

“It’s a very positive step towards transforming Padiham’s future.”

Heritage Lottery Fund chairman Sir Peter Luff said: “Historic town centres are the beating heart of communities, so where they fall into disrepair, the community pays a heavy price.

“The Townscape Heritage Scheme provides a boost for local economies, with vital employment and training opportunities, start-up spaces for small businesses and enhanced public spaces for residents and visitors.”

The public can also let the council know their views by completing an online survey at www.padiham.org.uk.