BOLTON Council has launched a consultation on proposals for Farnworth’s town centre masterplan.

New proposals to redevelop Farnworth town centre for future generations include creating new homes, opening a new community hub in the town centre, and improving connectivity to Farnworth Park.

Other suggestions include exploring alternative uses for publicly owned buildings and bringing library services into the heart of the town centre.

The initial concepts have been drawn up by urban regeneration specialists BDP, following six months of community engagement with residents, councillors, businesses and partners to understand the needs and wishes of the local community.

Eight drop-in events will be held at the shop unit at 14 Brackley Street, Farnworth, on January 17, January 19, January 22, January 23, January 26, January 29, January 30, and February 1.

Paper questionnaires will also be available in locations throughout Farnworth and Kearsley, including: 14 Brackley Street, Farnworth and New Bury UCAN Centres, Farnworth Library, the Age UK Resource Centre on Cross Street, and Farnworth and Kearsley leisure centres.

Alternatively, people can fill in an online questionnaire at:

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Ebrahim Adia, said: “We want people to have their say - come along to the consultation events or fill in the questionnaire.

“Again, we want to reassure people that at this stage these are initial options and we will listen to what emerges through a consultation with residents, businesses and partners.”

Bolton Council and BDP will analyse the feedback and review the proposals considering the comments received. The findings will then be used to shape a final masterplan document in Spring 2019.

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