Bacup to receive £2m cash boost for major transformation

The Bolton News: Bacup to receive £2m cash boost Bacup to receive £2m cash boost

AN East Lancashire town is in line for a major transformation after being awarded a £2million cash boost.

Around 51 buildings in Bacup town centre will receive a facelift after a Heritage Lottery Fund bid was successful.

The grant has been awarded through HLF’s Townscape Heritage Initiative programme.

Council Leader Alyson Barnes said: “This is more good news for Rossendale and particularly for Bacup.

“The Heritage Lottery Fund supported project will breathe new life into the town centre and comes on the back of a lot of hard work and determination from both the council and the THI Partnership Board.”

The Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative will provide £2million of investment funding to improve the frontages of key town centre buildings which will form part of a ‘hit list’ developed by the THI Board. The buildings represent the key streetscape of the programme, together with public realm improvements in St James Square.

Coun Andy MacNae, portfolio holder for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure, and chair of the Bacup THI Partnership Board, said: “The THI funding will provide a five year funding programme focussed in Bacup town centre.

“The THI Board realises that it won’t be a ‘quick fix’ but are confident that the sustained investment, coupled with the expertise and enthusiasm of the board, will bring about a revitalisation of the town centre and a well-deserved boost to the local economy.”

Sara Hilton, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said: “Today’s (weds) HLF investment goes well beyond the bricks and mortar of the buildings themselves.

“THI schemes can really help turn local economies around, not only making them nicer places to live, but by prompting business start-ups and creating new jobs and training opportunities.

“We are delighted to be able to work with Rossendale Borough Council in helping to boost the fortunes of Bacup.”

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8:20pm Tue 14 Jan 14

turbo5 says...

Does that mean they will get electricity ?
Does that mean they will get electricity ? turbo5
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9:37pm Tue 14 Jan 14

JB40 says...

Does this mean the grass may get cut leading into Bacup? This would then allow the metal artwork that must have cost tax payers a small fortune to be shown off??
Does this mean the grass may get cut leading into Bacup? This would then allow the metal artwork that must have cost tax payers a small fortune to be shown off?? JB40
  • Score: 12

9:54pm Tue 14 Jan 14

fuschia says...

Why can't people say anything positive instead of negative comments all the time.It's time Bacup had some good luck for a change and I hope whatever is selected to spend this on people will support it.
Why can't people say anything positive instead of negative comments all the time.It's time Bacup had some good luck for a change and I hope whatever is selected to spend this on people will support it. fuschia
  • Score: 1

10:15pm Tue 14 Jan 14

her from here says...

fuschia wrote:
Why can't people say anything positive instead of negative comments all the time.It's time Bacup had some good luck for a change and I hope whatever is selected to spend this on people will support it.
What a surprise it's not Rawtenstall, I just hope they do a good job.
[quote][p][bold]fuschia[/bold] wrote: Why can't people say anything positive instead of negative comments all the time.It's time Bacup had some good luck for a change and I hope whatever is selected to spend this on people will support it.[/p][/quote]What a surprise it's not Rawtenstall, I just hope they do a good job. her from here
  • Score: -2

10:55pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Malthus says...

You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear and I am sure that the despite the injection of £2 million the residents of Bacup will still use the internet and out of town shopping centres to purchase their goods. I would also like to know why money is being spent restoring properties that are probably privately owned, surely it is the existing owners responsibility to ensure that they maintain their assets.
You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear and I am sure that the despite the injection of £2 million the residents of Bacup will still use the internet and out of town shopping centres to purchase their goods. I would also like to know why money is being spent restoring properties that are probably privately owned, surely it is the existing owners responsibility to ensure that they maintain their assets. Malthus
  • Score: 11

8:56am Wed 15 Jan 14

GAC says...

id like to see a full break down of how the money gets spent and on what and, but il say this now i bet a chunk of it will go to consultants for starters. something this council seems to think will solve everything.
id like to see a full break down of how the money gets spent and on what and, but il say this now i bet a chunk of it will go to consultants for starters. something this council seems to think will solve everything. GAC
  • Score: 12

11:20am Wed 15 Jan 14

fuschia says...

Just to put the record straight RBC will have no say in what this money is spent on.
Just to put the record straight RBC will have no say in what this money is spent on. fuschia
  • Score: -2

12:15pm Wed 15 Jan 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Would it be so hard for people to be a bit positive for a change? It makes a nice change that it isn't Rawtenstall that is getting money ploughed in to it for a change and I for one hope it has a positive effect on the town and the valley!
Would it be so hard for people to be a bit positive for a change? It makes a nice change that it isn't Rawtenstall that is getting money ploughed in to it for a change and I for one hope it has a positive effect on the town and the valley! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 3

1:03pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Loving lances says...

fuschia wrote:
Just to put the record straight RBC will have no say in what this money is spent on.
No say? Councillors McNae and Barnes are quoted giving their approval. The people behind THI are the usual gaggle of Labour cronies who think
that Bacup should go back to the Fifties -- the 1850s.
What if rhe THI standards are not up to scratch; will
Councillor McNae ad council officers have no say then?
[quote][p][bold]fuschia[/bold] wrote: Just to put the record straight RBC will have no say in what this money is spent on.[/p][/quote]No say? Councillors McNae and Barnes are quoted giving their approval. The people behind THI are the usual gaggle of Labour cronies who think that Bacup should go back to the Fifties -- the 1850s. What if rhe THI standards are not up to scratch; will Councillor McNae ad council officers have no say then? Loving lances
  • Score: 6

2:42pm Wed 15 Jan 14

GAC says...

HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
Would it be so hard for people to be a bit positive for a change? It makes a nice change that it isn't Rawtenstall that is getting money ploughed in to it for a change and I for one hope it has a positive effect on the town and the valley!
yes its good news. but seeing as no one knows exactly who's got their hands on the cash. and knowing the council and councilors i wouldnt be crowing about bacup getting the cash until its been spent on bacup.

just look at whats happened over the years to all the profits from ski rossendale vanishing in to the never never rather than being reinvested where it should have been.

let alone the £28k thrown at the halo for all the good that will do.
[quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: Would it be so hard for people to be a bit positive for a change? It makes a nice change that it isn't Rawtenstall that is getting money ploughed in to it for a change and I for one hope it has a positive effect on the town and the valley![/p][/quote]yes its good news. but seeing as no one knows exactly who's got their hands on the cash. and knowing the council and councilors i wouldnt be crowing about bacup getting the cash until its been spent on bacup. just look at whats happened over the years to all the profits from ski rossendale vanishing in to the never never rather than being reinvested where it should have been. let alone the £28k thrown at the halo for all the good that will do. GAC
  • Score: 5

3:19pm Wed 15 Jan 14

It's a spade! says...

I read the headline and thought - Boy, thats a lot of money to hire a bulldozer!

That was a joke by the way!

I'm sure I will get abused for saying this, but a town or village is a reflection of the people who live there. It is all very well and good getting grants etc but the people who live there have to be more active in making their own town a better place to live and keeping it that way. It is no good sitting on your backsides and keep saying what are the council going to do about it? The question you should ask is what can I do about it?

If every street took on board responsibility for painting their own houses, sweeping and picking up litter and stopping people use the streets as a dog toilet, you would be surprised at what can be achieved with little cost.

This applies to every town and village.
I read the headline and thought - Boy, thats a lot of money to hire a bulldozer! That was a joke by the way! I'm sure I will get abused for saying this, but a town or village is a reflection of the people who live there. It is all very well and good getting grants etc but the people who live there have to be more active in making their own town a better place to live and keeping it that way. It is no good sitting on your backsides and keep saying what are the council going to do about it? The question you should ask is what can I do about it? If every street took on board responsibility for painting their own houses, sweeping and picking up litter and stopping people use the streets as a dog toilet, you would be surprised at what can be achieved with little cost. This applies to every town and village. It's a spade!
  • Score: 13

4:10pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Loving lances says...

GAC wrote:
HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
Would it be so hard for people to be a bit positive for a change? It makes a nice change that it isn't Rawtenstall that is getting money ploughed in to it for a change and I for one hope it has a positive effect on the town and the valley!
yes its good news. but seeing as no one knows exactly who's got their hands on the cash. and knowing the council and councilors i wouldnt be crowing about bacup getting the cash until its been spent on bacup.

just look at whats happened over the years to all the profits from ski rossendale vanishing in to the never never rather than being reinvested where it should have been.

let alone the £28k thrown at the halo for all the good that will do.
Look at the promises by Labour to save the old Bacup
baths. Timewasters.
[quote][p][bold]GAC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: Would it be so hard for people to be a bit positive for a change? It makes a nice change that it isn't Rawtenstall that is getting money ploughed in to it for a change and I for one hope it has a positive effect on the town and the valley![/p][/quote]yes its good news. but seeing as no one knows exactly who's got their hands on the cash. and knowing the council and councilors i wouldnt be crowing about bacup getting the cash until its been spent on bacup. just look at whats happened over the years to all the profits from ski rossendale vanishing in to the never never rather than being reinvested where it should have been. let alone the £28k thrown at the halo for all the good that will do.[/p][/quote]Look at the promises by Labour to save the old Bacup baths. Timewasters. Loving lances
  • Score: 5

4:12pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Loving lances says...

It's a spade! wrote:
I read the headline and thought - Boy, thats a lot of money to hire a bulldozer!

That was a joke by the way!

I'm sure I will get abused for saying this, but a town or village is a reflection of the people who live there. It is all very well and good getting grants etc but the people who live there have to be more active in making their own town a better place to live and keeping it that way. It is no good sitting on your backsides and keep saying what are the council going to do about it? The question you should ask is what can I do about it?

If every street took on board responsibility for painting their own houses, sweeping and picking up litter and stopping people use the streets as a dog toilet, you would be surprised at what can be achieved with little cost.

This applies to every town and village.
The people sit on their bottoms, councillors talk through theirs.
[quote][p][bold]It's a spade![/bold] wrote: I read the headline and thought - Boy, thats a lot of money to hire a bulldozer! That was a joke by the way! I'm sure I will get abused for saying this, but a town or village is a reflection of the people who live there. It is all very well and good getting grants etc but the people who live there have to be more active in making their own town a better place to live and keeping it that way. It is no good sitting on your backsides and keep saying what are the council going to do about it? The question you should ask is what can I do about it? If every street took on board responsibility for painting their own houses, sweeping and picking up litter and stopping people use the streets as a dog toilet, you would be surprised at what can be achieved with little cost. This applies to every town and village.[/p][/quote]The people sit on their bottoms, councillors talk through theirs. Loving lances
  • Score: 4

8:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

helmshorty says...

It will take more than £2 million to make this dump attractive to shoppers. A better idea would be to spend the money on making the roads in and out smooth and pot hole free so I can drive through the place without wrecking my suspension.
It will take more than £2 million to make this dump attractive to shoppers. A better idea would be to spend the money on making the roads in and out smooth and pot hole free so I can drive through the place without wrecking my suspension. helmshorty
  • Score: 0

10:42pm Wed 15 Jan 14

her from here says...

helmshorty wrote:
It will take more than £2 million to make this dump attractive to shoppers. A better idea would be to spend the money on making the roads in and out smooth and pot hole free so I can drive through the place without wrecking my suspension.
I assume you come from the Haslingden area. Have you had a good look around you, we can all criticise. The thing that went wrong with Bacup was when it was included in RBC it even had a swimming baths just like Haslingden had and now everybody has to get to Marl Pitts One thing Bacup have is a Centre lets hope they keep the council away then they will have a chance to do something,
[quote][p][bold]helmshorty[/bold] wrote: It will take more than £2 million to make this dump attractive to shoppers. A better idea would be to spend the money on making the roads in and out smooth and pot hole free so I can drive through the place without wrecking my suspension.[/p][/quote]I assume you come from the Haslingden area. Have you had a good look around you, we can all criticise. The thing that went wrong with Bacup was when it was included in RBC it even had a swimming baths just like Haslingden had and now everybody has to get to Marl Pitts One thing Bacup have is a Centre lets hope they keep the council away then they will have a chance to do something, her from here
  • Score: 3

11:24pm Wed 15 Jan 14

JB40 says...

fuschia wrote:
Why can't people say anything positive instead of negative comments all the time.It's time Bacup had some good luck for a change and I hope whatever is selected to spend this on people will support it.
I think it's the fact it's already been done previously that makes us negative. I recall heritage bids being given to Bacup businesses and new shop fronts and windows etc about 15 year ago. It's same old initiatives it was mr Onley a council worker spending the grant as I recall. Try something different it didn't work!!!! Hence the negativity.
[quote][p][bold]fuschia[/bold] wrote: Why can't people say anything positive instead of negative comments all the time.It's time Bacup had some good luck for a change and I hope whatever is selected to spend this on people will support it.[/p][/quote]I think it's the fact it's already been done previously that makes us negative. I recall heritage bids being given to Bacup businesses and new shop fronts and windows etc about 15 year ago. It's same old initiatives it was mr Onley a council worker spending the grant as I recall. Try something different it didn't work!!!! Hence the negativity. JB40
  • Score: 2

9:48am Thu 16 Jan 14

mysay.com says...

ok, a little response......the council have no say, and have not had any say in the procedure leading up to the bid being submitted and won.....this was done by many local community groups, REAL, NAT history, TRADERS group, many many community groups all working together on it, not the council, they have been quoted.....of course they have, they are our elected council representatives.....
this money will only and can only be spent on the town of bacup, this will be overseen and monitored by the THI board, not the council, it will not be the council spending the money or controlling how it is spent.......repairin
g potholes? that is car tax and fuel tax money which should have been spent on maintaining the roads, that is a matter for LCC to answer for, NOT for the THI to subsidise the failure of LCC, but the bid has had to be match funding by RBC and LCC, which is why, if you remember, councillor McNee allocated the whole of the £100000 funding into the pot for bacup, which was criticised by many when he made that decision....this is for bacup, applied for by bacup community groups who are working very hard behind the scenes to make their own efforts, bacup pride do an amazing job at improving the appearance, the traders are working together to find ways to improve the shopping incentive in the area, there are many many things going on behind the scenes by the community which are all over and above the THI funding.......this cash boost is a long time coming, rawtenstall has had money spent on it, now it is time to stop ignoring the other centre of Rossendale and casting it aside...onwards and upwards!!
ok, a little response......the council have no say, and have not had any say in the procedure leading up to the bid being submitted and won.....this was done by many local community groups, REAL, NAT history, TRADERS group, many many community groups all working together on it, not the council, they have been quoted.....of course they have, they are our elected council representatives..... this money will only and can only be spent on the town of bacup, this will be overseen and monitored by the THI board, not the council, it will not be the council spending the money or controlling how it is spent.......repairin g potholes? that is car tax and fuel tax money which should have been spent on maintaining the roads, that is a matter for LCC to answer for, NOT for the THI to subsidise the failure of LCC, but the bid has had to be match funding by RBC and LCC, which is why, if you remember, councillor McNee allocated the whole of the £100000 funding into the pot for bacup, which was criticised by many when he made that decision....this is for bacup, applied for by bacup community groups who are working very hard behind the scenes to make their own efforts, bacup pride do an amazing job at improving the appearance, the traders are working together to find ways to improve the shopping incentive in the area, there are many many things going on behind the scenes by the community which are all over and above the THI funding.......this cash boost is a long time coming, rawtenstall has had money spent on it, now it is time to stop ignoring the other centre of Rossendale and casting it aside...onwards and upwards!! mysay.com
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Loving lances says...

OK, let's judge it in five years.
OK, let's judge it in five years. Loving lances
  • Score: 4

5:07pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Loving lances says...

Reply to Mysay.com

You say that councillors had no involvement.
Well, another local paper, the Free Press, tells us that both Rossendale and Lancashire County Councils contrubuted to the matching funding (i.e from
taxpayers) and that "regeneration lead Andy McNae drove the bid."
Case proven.
Reply to Mysay.com You say that councillors had no involvement. Well, another local paper, the Free Press, tells us that both Rossendale and Lancashire County Councils contrubuted to the matching funding (i.e from taxpayers) and that "regeneration lead Andy McNae drove the bid." Case proven. Loving lances
  • Score: 1

9:59pm Tue 21 Jan 14

mysay.com says...

well, the councils had to matchfund the application by 25%, this is true, much of this came from other forms of funding, you may remember the recent decision to put the whole amount of £100000 to bacup, there was also an application to secure £50000 of funds from the sale of council land in order to put this towards the match funding this is exactly what it was for, so it was not tax payers money, Andy was heavily involved in the bid as chair of the THI committee, as were many members of many community groups, and many other councillors, so I happily stand corrected on my comment of "no say and no involvement", yes they did have a heavy involvement, to be fair, it was also the council who instigated the setting up of the traders association as it was vital to the bid that community groups were heavily involved in it, and yet there is very little mention of the rest of the groups who were involved within the reports in either paper, how strange.
well, the councils had to matchfund the application by 25%, this is true, much of this came from other forms of funding, you may remember the recent decision to put the whole amount of £100000 to bacup, there was also an application to secure £50000 of funds from the sale of council land in order to put this towards the match funding this is exactly what it was for, so it was not tax payers money, Andy was heavily involved in the bid as chair of the THI committee, as were many members of many community groups, and many other councillors, so I happily stand corrected on my comment of "no say and no involvement", yes they did have a heavy involvement, to be fair, it was also the council who instigated the setting up of the traders association as it was vital to the bid that community groups were heavily involved in it, and yet there is very little mention of the rest of the groups who were involved within the reports in either paper, how strange. mysay.com
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