£1.5million bid for Bacup town centre facelift

The Bolton News: HERITAGE Bacup town centre HERITAGE Bacup town centre

COUNCIL bosses are bidding for a £1.5million windfall to develop Bacup town centre.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given Rossendale Council an initial £37,500 development fund to help prepare for a full bid in October.

Buildings and shops in St James’ Square, St James’ Street, Market Street, Union Street, and Market Place, would be the focus of any cash.

Coun Andrew MacNae, portfolio holder for regeneration at the council, said the award was ‘great news for Bacup’.

“This is a real thumbs-up for the town. The lottery has clearly recognised the quality of our buildings, and the strength of our community.

“We now have the opportunity to build on these strengths and address some of the issues that have held Bacup back in recent years.”

Passing the first round of the bid means that money has been set aside by the lottery’s Townscape Heritage Initiative scheme and, while it does not guarantee funding, it is an indication of positive support.

A redevelopment for Bacup, planned in a Pennine Lancashire Squared competition in 2009, failed to materialise.

The town centre was designated a conservation area in 1981, but blasted by an English Heritage report in 2010 for being ‘very bad’ and ‘highly vulnerable’.

David Pesto, economic development and external funding officer at the council, said the initial pot of £37,500 would help to carry out structural and condition surveys on buildings in the area.

“We will prepare an activity plan for round two, including extensive community consultations, and identifying potential owners and tenants for façade and frontage improvements.”

Paul Greenwood, chairman of civic group Bacup Pride, said he was ‘very pleased’ with the news. He said: “The council has our absolute support and we wish them the best of luck. Although we’re only a small group, we’d love to be involved in shaping the process in some capacity.

“Shop fronts have got to be the priority. If it’s successful, maintaining the standard afterwards is going to be key.”

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12:05pm Fri 18 May 12

shytalk says...

They could get the best plastic surgeon in the world to give Bacup a facelift, but it would still only have a face that only a mother could love.
They could get the best plastic surgeon in the world to give Bacup a facelift, but it would still only have a face that only a mother could love. shytalk

12:38pm Fri 18 May 12

her from here says...

Why be nasty when someone is trying to make things better,there is places a lot worse than Bacup.
Why be nasty when someone is trying to make things better,there is places a lot worse than Bacup. her from here

1:02pm Fri 18 May 12

Forever Blue says...

That be where then ?
That be where then ? Forever Blue

1:16pm Fri 18 May 12

did you smash it? says...

Blackburn is a massive dump
Blackburn is a massive dump did you smash it?

9:54pm Fri 18 May 12

Forever Blue says...

did you smash it? wrote:
Blackburn is a massive dump
Take you sunglasses off and look out of your window
[quote][p][bold]did you smash it?[/bold] wrote: Blackburn is a massive dump[/p][/quote]Take you sunglasses off and look out of your window Forever Blue

9:23am Sat 19 May 12

pdb951 says...

Surely you can buy a big bomb for less than 1.5 million?
Surely you can buy a big bomb for less than 1.5 million? pdb951

2:43pm Sat 19 May 12

proud bacup says...

why is it when any one wants to help bacup and do something, there is always some one who wants to knock it , thos who hate the place so much EASY MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE you wont have done much to help the place
why is it when any one wants to help bacup and do something, there is always some one who wants to knock it , thos who hate the place so much EASY MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE you wont have done much to help the place proud bacup

2:43pm Sat 19 May 12

proud bacup says...

why is it when any one wants to help bacup and do something, there is always some one who wants to knock it , thos who hate the place so much EASY MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE you wont have done much to help the place
why is it when any one wants to help bacup and do something, there is always some one who wants to knock it , thos who hate the place so much EASY MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE you wont have done much to help the place proud bacup

8:57pm Sat 19 May 12

GAC says...

its all very well getting money in to tart up bacup center (a long time coming to be honest), but what happens after that.

there are no jobs in the area, apart from morrisons whenever that gets opened and thats only going to take a few off of benefits as im sure it will swollow staff from the co-op and other local stores.

untill RBC gets off its backside and starts to try and get companys to move in to the area no amount of tarting up is going to get bacup/rossendale out of the hole its been in for a couple of decades.
its all very well getting money in to tart up bacup center (a long time coming to be honest), but what happens after that. there are no jobs in the area, apart from morrisons whenever that gets opened and thats only going to take a few off of benefits as im sure it will swollow staff from the co-op and other local stores. untill RBC gets off its backside and starts to try and get companys to move in to the area no amount of tarting up is going to get bacup/rossendale out of the hole its been in for a couple of decades. GAC

9:35pm Sun 20 May 12

spendmymoneywisely says...

I don't know who he is but I think David Pesto deserves a massive round of applause for getting that money. We only ever hear councillors trumpeting about good news & taking the credit. No-one thanks the people who actually do the donkey work. I, for one, am delighted that things are beginning to move in the right direction for somewhere other than that centre of the Universe called Rawtenstall.
I don't know who he is but I think David Pesto deserves a massive round of applause for getting that money. We only ever hear councillors trumpeting about good news & taking the credit. No-one thanks the people who actually do the donkey work. I, for one, am delighted that things are beginning to move in the right direction for somewhere other than that centre of the Universe called Rawtenstall. spendmymoneywisely

2:14pm Mon 21 May 12

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

Why not give 1,500 residents a thousand pounds each and tell them to spend it in Bacup, job sorted
Why not give 1,500 residents a thousand pounds each and tell them to spend it in Bacup, job sorted disgusted tunbridge wells

1:49pm Fri 25 May 12

dom jolly says...

you can roll a turd in glitter............ but its still a turd
you can roll a turd in glitter............ but its still a turd dom jolly

7:25pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Sharon21 says...

In my opinion theres no point in "doing up" Bacup. The place is a dump and you can spend all the money in the world.....it will still be a dump. Gaurenteed that anything that is spruced up will be vandilised immediatly. Bacup is a small town full of ignorant people that wont appreciate any of it. As soon as you put somthing up they will tear it down.

Why dont they spend the money on building a youth centre or somthing like that? Instead of letting children and teenagers hang around the bus stops ect drinking and smoking? That money could be put to much better use than sprucing up a crap little town.
In my opinion theres no point in "doing up" Bacup. The place is a dump and you can spend all the money in the world.....it will still be a dump. Gaurenteed that anything that is spruced up will be vandilised immediatly. Bacup is a small town full of ignorant people that wont appreciate any of it. As soon as you put somthing up they will tear it down. Why dont they spend the money on building a youth centre or somthing like that? Instead of letting children and teenagers hang around the bus stops ect drinking and smoking? That money could be put to much better use than sprucing up a crap little town. Sharon21

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