The transformation of Farnworth is underway as a multi-million regeneration project starts.

Work is underway to transform the old precinct into a vibrant new neighbourhood including the creation of a new community and civic hub in the heart of the town centre, and an extension to Farnworth Leisure Centre.

There will be,family homes, café bars, shops and green hangout spaces for the community under the £13M plans.

Bulldozers are set to move into soon with the precinct being made ready for demolition to pave the way for construction.

The space outside Home Bargains is also set to get a refresh with pedestrian and cycle facilities along Market Street, and providing additional seating and more trees as well as events space for the community to come together in.

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Farnworth Councillor Nadeem Ayub said: "This has been on the backline for a while.

"It's great that the work has started and Farnworth will get regeneration finally, so I'm looking forward to it.

"It's been a long time coming and is something that is needed for our town.

The Bolton News: Preparing the precinct for demolitionPreparing the precinct for demolition (Image: Paul Sanders)

"Hopefully this will encourage businesses to invest into the area, creating jobs for local people and helping the economy."

In 2020, the town was awarded a grant of £13.3m from the Future High Streets Fund towards a number of development projects.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Adele Warren, said previously: “We are excited to see work start at the leisure centre, the first project to get underway as part of the wider Farnworth Town Centre Masterplan.

“When we consulted with Farnworth residents about the plan, many told us that they wanted improved services and facilities at their local leisure centre.

The Bolton News: Revised plans to regenerate Farnworth town centre (Image: Capital and Centric)

“The council is now delivering on this local priority and the completed extension will have a positive impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of Farnworth residents.”

But now, work has also started an the old precinct much to the joy of the community.

Cllr Paul Sanders for the Farnworth and Kearsley First Group, said: “It’s the day we've all been working towards and waiting for, that has finally arrived.

“HNC Demolition are now hoarding the entire precinct site, two years of construction of our new town centre has begun and we couldn’t be more excited.”