Major cash injection approved for Bacup town centre

A MAJOR cash injection has been approved for Bacup in the hope it could attract £2million to revitalise the historic town centre.

Councillors in Rossendale had been given £100,000 from the High Street Innovation Fund to improve shopping parades in the valley.

And they were given the option of splitting it evenly between Rawtenstall, Haslingden, Whitworth, Bacup and Waterfoot.

But instead Cabinet members voted to concentrate their efforts on rejuvenating Bacup, which is bidding for Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) status.

Earlier this year, the town was awarded £37,500, which will be combined with £12,500 to prepare a £1.5million THI bid to update shopfronts and preserve Bacup’s landmarks.

Before then, the bid team must secure £500,000 in its own right to prove it has local backing for their aspirations.

Coun Andrew MacNae, Cabinet member for regeneration, said Bacup had the largest proporition of vacant premises in the borough. He added: “This is a one-off opportunity for Bacup and it could make a massive difference if we get this right.”

The council will now be looking to the likes of Lancashire County Council and local businesses to chip in to raise the half-million target.

Coun Christine Lamb added: “This is a really wonderful chance for Bacup and it should bring in jobs, improve shops and bring in more tourists.”

The library, originally opened as a Mechanics Institute, is grade II listed and the old Market Hall dates back to the 1860s but the oldest surviving property is Ivy Cottage in Bankside Lane, which was constructed in 1776.

Other prominents features include St James’ Terrace and Irwell Mill, which is now home to the town’s health centre.

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2:47pm Mon 2 Jul 12

her from here says...

Good luck to Bacup but the money should have been shared out. at least it's not Rawtenstall again
Good luck to Bacup but the money should have been shared out. at least it's not Rawtenstall again her from here
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6:10pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Roo_Win says...

I'm happy to see that Bacup has been given this opportunity and I hope to see the money very well spent. Bacup hasn't seen proper gentrification in a very long time. Like 'her from here' says, the money should have been evenly distributed, so I hope it is spent wisely and on something worthwhile.
I'm happy to see that Bacup has been given this opportunity and I hope to see the money very well spent. Bacup hasn't seen proper gentrification in a very long time. Like 'her from here' says, the money should have been evenly distributed, so I hope it is spent wisely and on something worthwhile. Roo_Win
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7:28pm Mon 2 Jul 12

mysay.com says...

sorry to dissagree, but the right choice has been made, rawtenstall has just had 2.5 million spent in purchasing the valley centre, whitworth is undergoing serious demolishion and refurbishment....it is about time bacup got to see some investment....well done Labour
sorry to dissagree, but the right choice has been made, rawtenstall has just had 2.5 million spent in purchasing the valley centre, whitworth is undergoing serious demolishion and refurbishment....it is about time bacup got to see some investment....well done Labour mysay.com
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7:50pm Mon 2 Jul 12

2 for 5p says...

Just how much more is going to be spent on these town centres you can't help people who can't be bothered to help themselves.
Today I was passing thirsk in Yorkshire again a small town that has got a large supermarket however it was so busy took me 10 minutes to find a car parking space when I got one it was 40p for 2 hours.
On looking around everything was clean the shops were all smart the market stalls and shops were all Selling quality goods that everyone wants no rubish or tat at a reasonable price , you could feel that everyone cared about the town most enjoyable and a lovely fish and chip shop.
Instead of pouring good money after bad on these toilet townswhy not try copying places like thirsk, instead of blaming customers for not buying things they don't want or blaming supermarkets for giving people value.
Just how much more is going to be spent on these town centres you can't help people who can't be bothered to help themselves. Today I was passing thirsk in Yorkshire again a small town that has got a large supermarket however it was so busy took me 10 minutes to find a car parking space when I got one it was 40p for 2 hours. On looking around everything was clean the shops were all smart the market stalls and shops were all Selling quality goods that everyone wants no rubish or tat at a reasonable price , you could feel that everyone cared about the town most enjoyable and a lovely fish and chip shop. Instead of pouring good money after bad on these toilet townswhy not try copying places like thirsk, instead of blaming customers for not buying things they don't want or blaming supermarkets for giving people value. 2 for 5p
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8:35pm Mon 2 Jul 12

sen c ble says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Just how much more is going to be spent on these town centres you can't help people who can't be bothered to help themselves.
Today I was passing thirsk in Yorkshire again a small town that has got a large supermarket however it was so busy took me 10 minutes to find a car parking space when I got one it was 40p for 2 hours.
On looking around everything was clean the shops were all smart the market stalls and shops were all Selling quality goods that everyone wants no rubish or tat at a reasonable price , you could feel that everyone cared about the town most enjoyable and a lovely fish and chip shop.
Instead of pouring good money after bad on these toilet townswhy not try copying places like thirsk, instead of blaming customers for not buying things they don't want or blaming supermarkets for giving people value.
The nearest I could compare Thirsk, is probabley Hoghton.
Anything else would not even reach their land fill site in comparision!
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Just how much more is going to be spent on these town centres you can't help people who can't be bothered to help themselves. Today I was passing thirsk in Yorkshire again a small town that has got a large supermarket however it was so busy took me 10 minutes to find a car parking space when I got one it was 40p for 2 hours. On looking around everything was clean the shops were all smart the market stalls and shops were all Selling quality goods that everyone wants no rubish or tat at a reasonable price , you could feel that everyone cared about the town most enjoyable and a lovely fish and chip shop. Instead of pouring good money after bad on these toilet townswhy not try copying places like thirsk, instead of blaming customers for not buying things they don't want or blaming supermarkets for giving people value.[/p][/quote]The nearest I could compare Thirsk, is probabley Hoghton. Anything else would not even reach their land fill site in comparision! sen c ble
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12:26am Tue 3 Jul 12

mysay.com says...

that is what we are aiming for, a little pride in the town, a little sense of community spirit, you think it is a better idea to leave it alone, leave it to go even further down hill, leave it to the yobs? i think not
that is what we are aiming for, a little pride in the town, a little sense of community spirit, you think it is a better idea to leave it alone, leave it to go even further down hill, leave it to the yobs? i think not mysay.com
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1:00am Tue 3 Jul 12

her from here says...

mysay.com wrote:
that is what we are aiming for, a little pride in the town, a little sense of community spirit, you think it is a better idea to leave it alone, leave it to go even further down hill, leave it to the yobs? i think not
well said I just hope they spend it wisely
[quote][p][bold]mysay.com[/bold] wrote: that is what we are aiming for, a little pride in the town, a little sense of community spirit, you think it is a better idea to leave it alone, leave it to go even further down hill, leave it to the yobs? i think not[/p][/quote]well said I just hope they spend it wisely her from here
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5:02am Tue 3 Jul 12

mysay.com says...

we have enough community groups with enough say now, we WILL have our say on how it is spent
thanks for your support her
we have enough community groups with enough say now, we WILL have our say on how it is spent thanks for your support her mysay.com
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8:16am Tue 3 Jul 12

2 for 5p says...

her from here wrote:
mysay.com wrote:
that is what we are aiming for, a little pride in the town, a little sense of community spirit, you think it is a better idea to leave it alone, leave it to go even further down hill, leave it to the yobs? i think not
well said I just hope they spend it wisely
spend it wisely now you are having a chuckle.
Given there past record I don't think they will.
[quote][p][bold]her from here[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mysay.com[/bold] wrote: that is what we are aiming for, a little pride in the town, a little sense of community spirit, you think it is a better idea to leave it alone, leave it to go even further down hill, leave it to the yobs? i think not[/p][/quote]well said I just hope they spend it wisely[/p][/quote]spend it wisely now you are having a chuckle. Given there past record I don't think they will. 2 for 5p
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10:55am Tue 3 Jul 12

Sanfield says...

If they are going to improve the shop frontages they could do no better than to look at Beauty Cultures shop. Stylish wrought Iron security gates and attractive colour schemes. Better than the plastic neon tat that adorns most of the shops. But they must improve the parking in the town. Knock down the old Woolworth building or better still locate the market in the town centre ( like they do in Thirsk!) and use the market space as parking.
If they are going to improve the shop frontages they could do no better than to look at Beauty Cultures shop. Stylish wrought Iron security gates and attractive colour schemes. Better than the plastic neon tat that adorns most of the shops. But they must improve the parking in the town. Knock down the old Woolworth building or better still locate the market in the town centre ( like they do in Thirsk!) and use the market space as parking. Sanfield
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11:20am Tue 3 Jul 12

pdb951 says...

When was the last major invesment in Whitworth? The demolition is being done so even more houses can be built adjacent to a main road that is already totally inadequate.
I want to see some street investment where I live, not even more money to Bacup.
When was the last major invesment in Whitworth? The demolition is being done so even more houses can be built adjacent to a main road that is already totally inadequate. I want to see some street investment where I live, not even more money to Bacup. pdb951
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1:46pm Tue 3 Jul 12

mysay.com says...

even more money? when was the last investment in bacup?
the market is in the town centre, but any ideas (constructive ones) would be greatly appreciated, as chair of the traders group i can assure you that this money will be spent wisely, it may be that it is put to one side to accrue enough or add to the up-coming 2million which we are applying for, now with that amount, we can really make some drastic changes, shop frontages, security, better signage directing people to the facilities and services on offer.......dont just complain about it, have your say, this is a REAL opportunity, one that comes but once in a lifetime
even more money? when was the last investment in bacup? the market is in the town centre, but any ideas (constructive ones) would be greatly appreciated, as chair of the traders group i can assure you that this money will be spent wisely, it may be that it is put to one side to accrue enough or add to the up-coming 2million which we are applying for, now with that amount, we can really make some drastic changes, shop frontages, security, better signage directing people to the facilities and services on offer.......dont just complain about it, have your say, this is a REAL opportunity, one that comes but once in a lifetime mysay.com
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7:17pm Wed 4 Jul 12

Roo_Win says...

Mysay - very well said. The shop frontage and overall look of the town could be greatly improved upon, as could security.

Maybe sandblasting or repainting the majority of shop fronts would help ease the eyes. Turn the old bingo hall into something worthwhile? Make use of the police station or the adjacent market hall? I personally think sandblasting all buildings in the town centre would look so much better than it does now, but I understand some people may not agree. At the very least, some of the older buildings need a facelift.

Better paving on the footpaths would be good. That old brick paving from the health centre onwards is awful.

The area across from Mario's restaurant (atop the banking with the steel birds) is terrible. It looks horrid and gloomy with its overgrown, straggly grass and dirty old stone. The passage which leads up to it is also far from inviting.

Aside from that, the building that was once Ritz video store needs to be occupied and rejuvenated. The pubs need a complete flash. Oh, and we'd like some more ramps on the skatepark, please. (Just kidding)
Mysay - very well said. The shop frontage and overall look of the town could be greatly improved upon, as could security. Maybe sandblasting or repainting the majority of shop fronts would help ease the eyes. Turn the old bingo hall into something worthwhile? Make use of the police station or the adjacent market hall? I personally think sandblasting all buildings in the town centre would look so much better than it does now, but I understand some people may not agree. At the very least, some of the older buildings need a facelift. Better paving on the footpaths would be good. That old brick paving from the health centre onwards is awful. The area across from Mario's restaurant (atop the banking with the steel birds) is terrible. It looks horrid and gloomy with its overgrown, straggly grass and dirty old stone. The passage which leads up to it is also far from inviting. Aside from that, the building that was once Ritz video store needs to be occupied and rejuvenated. The pubs need a complete flash. Oh, and we'd like some more ramps on the skatepark, please. (Just kidding) Roo_Win
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8:34pm Wed 4 Jul 12

mysay.com says...

thanks Roo, thats more like it, constructive suggestions,
I agree that the bingo hall could do to be occupied and transformed, the old market hall has been bought and the new owner is looking for ideas as to what to do with it, paving very good idea, the steel bird area,, yes grass cutting at least, the council groundwork team have refused to cut the grass on health and safety grounds, I will take that one to the council via the traders group, also possibly suggest it to bacup pride as it seems to be their area of expertise, although i do think they would need permission from the council as it is council land.

thanks for the ideas
thanks Roo, thats more like it, constructive suggestions, I agree that the bingo hall could do to be occupied and transformed, the old market hall has been bought and the new owner is looking for ideas as to what to do with it, paving very good idea, the steel bird area,, yes grass cutting at least, the council groundwork team have refused to cut the grass on health and safety grounds, I will take that one to the council via the traders group, also possibly suggest it to bacup pride as it seems to be their area of expertise, although i do think they would need permission from the council as it is council land. thanks for the ideas mysay.com
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3:06am Wed 11 Jul 12

OSTING says...

What about spending some of the money on the royal court theatre as it is an asset to the town as it's only proper theatre in the valley it ought to have council funding and ought to be
used as the towns own centre for entertainment .
What about spending some of the money on the royal court theatre as it is an asset to the town as it's only proper theatre in the valley it ought to have council funding and ought to be used as the towns own centre for entertainment . OSTING
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1:46pm Fri 13 Jul 12

Paul Mc says...

I like this constructive approach.....Bacup has Such Such potential and I am not a resident...I am from London. The Old Market place was sold recently and I hope the Council will be receptive to planning permission proposals rather than in the past.....The Police station was sold this week and if done well...it will be a lovely development. Bacup needs to push tourism, provide more B & B's, attract the walkers, touring cyclists & Outsiders....Yes we are in Europe !!!
You must get rid of the shutters to the shops and the drinking on the streets, even outside pubs......You need a major Web site...to attract visitors with links to Local business, shops, professionals, attractions and so on...So a myriad of display Web sites..all connected. Not just internal business net working. Bacup has many interesting aspects....apart from it's surrounding beauty/views....The Bacup Trail, The Museum, The theatre, Bacup hub,It's HISTORY, etc.
My Constructive views are....STOP the deluge of fertilizer trucks from trundling through the town....they are enormous and stink...These should be either banned or insist on sealed containers.....Tanke
r type. My view is Bacup is used as a short cut for a wide variety of huge delivery lorries....these must be deterred from entering Bacup from every entry route (selective entry route only, would suffice)...I understand deliveries must happen....but most of large vehicles are taking short cuts.Constrict the access..... No I am not mad or fickle...Imagine St James Sq as a paved pedestrian area..superb...and it does away with that small access road next to The Queens pub, where someone gets nearly run over...every day. Do something about the demolished area, of old Health Centre in Yorkshire St. even if it is a temporary parking area....let the current owners charge a small parking fee....it would work. Give shop traders/owners an incentive to improve their shop fronts (appearance) small grants or Council tax holiday...if they spend money on external appearances. Get shop Landlords to get vacant shops let......cheaply, by charging double Council rates on vacant premises. Get a grip on Bacup.....Better It.....Someone please tell me who owns the Old Woolworths, I will buy it, knock it down and make it into a business that everyone will use every day...and a business that will employ local people.....It is an eyesore and needs to be invested in. We need to tempt quality traders into Bacup...We need people to re-locate to Bacup as an up and coming Town....We need to inspire. The ball is rolling with the Traders Association, Bacup Pride, The Real Group, Incredible Edibles and so many others....To get funding will be nice.....but Bacup people/traders need to start doing it themselves...Some traders do a fantastic job of making their shops look classy...e.g. Beauty salon & the Off Licence/ Wine merchant....come on Bacup......'The Only Way is Up' Baby

End of Rant......regards.Pa
ul.
I like this constructive approach.....Bacup has Such Such potential and I am not a resident...I am from London. The Old Market place was sold recently and I hope the Council will be receptive to planning permission proposals rather than in the past.....The Police station was sold this week and if done well...it will be a lovely development. Bacup needs to push tourism, provide more B & B's, attract the walkers, touring cyclists & Outsiders....Yes we are in Europe !!! You must get rid of the shutters to the shops and the drinking on the streets, even outside pubs......You need a major Web site...to attract visitors with links to Local business, shops, professionals, attractions and so on...So a myriad of display Web sites..all connected. Not just internal business net working. Bacup has many interesting aspects....apart from it's surrounding beauty/views....The Bacup Trail, The Museum, The theatre, Bacup hub,It's HISTORY, etc. My Constructive views are....STOP the deluge of fertilizer trucks from trundling through the town....they are enormous and stink...These should be either banned or insist on sealed containers.....Tanke r type. My view is Bacup is used as a short cut for a wide variety of huge delivery lorries....these must be deterred from entering Bacup from every entry route (selective entry route only, would suffice)...I understand deliveries must happen....but most of large vehicles are taking short cuts.Constrict the access..... No I am not mad or fickle...Imagine St James Sq as a paved pedestrian area..superb...and it does away with that small access road next to The Queens pub, where someone gets nearly run over...every day. Do something about the demolished area, of old Health Centre in Yorkshire St. even if it is a temporary parking area....let the current owners charge a small parking fee....it would work. Give shop traders/owners an incentive to improve their shop fronts (appearance) small grants or Council tax holiday...if they spend money on external appearances. Get shop Landlords to get vacant shops let......cheaply, by charging double Council rates on vacant premises. Get a grip on Bacup.....Better It.....Someone please tell me who owns the Old Woolworths, I will buy it, knock it down and make it into a business that everyone will use every day...and a business that will employ local people.....It is an eyesore and needs to be invested in. We need to tempt quality traders into Bacup...We need people to re-locate to Bacup as an up and coming Town....We need to inspire. The ball is rolling with the Traders Association, Bacup Pride, The Real Group, Incredible Edibles and so many others....To get funding will be nice.....but Bacup people/traders need to start doing it themselves...Some traders do a fantastic job of making their shops look classy...e.g. Beauty salon & the Off Licence/ Wine merchant....come on Bacup......'The Only Way is Up' Baby End of Rant......regards.Pa ul. Paul Mc
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11:20pm Fri 13 Jul 12

mysay.com says...

thanks Paul,

your views are very similar to the views of the traders group, and the residents group.

feel free to have a look at their facebook pages.

these two groups alongside bacup pride and the real centre are looking very positively at the suggestions you have made, as they echo our own on many counts.

The shop frontage is what the funding will be used for to start with, not as a free for all, but as a subsidisation to provide or replace existing un-acceptable frontages, the suggestion of using some penalties to encourage landlords to get their properties occupied has also been suggested to the council who are looking into what they could do along those lines.

we have also addressed the car parking situation, the only problem with that is that the old health centre is privately owned and they have just been forced to demolish it although the suggestion HAS been made to put that idea to them, there is only so much we can do, one thin g we have looked into doing in the meantime is to produce a newsletter on behalf of traders promoting their businesses, and improving the direction signage within the area.

We also need to look at over halling the area and choosing a theme much the same as other "rural" areas such as Howarth, Hebden bridge ands Todmorden have achieved.

It is worth noting that the traders association is there for ALL traders, not just shopkeepers but anyone who has any kind of business within the area.
thanks Paul, your views are very similar to the views of the traders group, and the residents group. feel free to have a look at their facebook pages. these two groups alongside bacup pride and the real centre are looking very positively at the suggestions you have made, as they echo our own on many counts. The shop frontage is what the funding will be used for to start with, not as a free for all, but as a subsidisation to provide or replace existing un-acceptable frontages, the suggestion of using some penalties to encourage landlords to get their properties occupied has also been suggested to the council who are looking into what they could do along those lines. we have also addressed the car parking situation, the only problem with that is that the old health centre is privately owned and they have just been forced to demolish it although the suggestion HAS been made to put that idea to them, there is only so much we can do, one thin g we have looked into doing in the meantime is to produce a newsletter on behalf of traders promoting their businesses, and improving the direction signage within the area. We also need to look at over halling the area and choosing a theme much the same as other "rural" areas such as Howarth, Hebden bridge ands Todmorden have achieved. It is worth noting that the traders association is there for ALL traders, not just shopkeepers but anyone who has any kind of business within the area. mysay.com
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