Update on Public Realm Proposals

Proposals to improve highways and pavements in Bacup’s town centre will move to the next phase of design following wide- ranging public consultation.

Rossendale Borough Council’s Cabinet considered a report into the consultation on the scheme that took place over the summer at its next meeting on 26th November.

The Report highlights the key themes, concerns and ideas that people submitted as part of the consultation, and recommends that designers respond to these views as the scheme is drawn up in more detail.

Steve Jackson Head of Health, Housing & Regeneration said:-

“The quality of the responses received was of a really high standard.  These insights, ideas and concerns will now be considered and used by the designers to help to create a deliverable scheme.”

Residents raised concerns about the ability of the proposed highways to handle heavy goods traffic and buses and wider road safety issues.  Other concerns that people voiced were about the proposed scheme’s drainage arrangements, its impacts on parking, and the potential loss or relocation of the former fountain in St James Square.

“The designers will be conducting more detailed survey work to help to test some of these issues, which will help to specify a final design. They will also look at some of the alternative proposals to help with parking, bus circulation and heavy goods traffic that residents submitted as part of the consultation. We are listening and the scheme will be revised and improved as a result of the responses we had. We want to make sure that we have a scheme that works for Bacup.”

The highways scheme is part of the wider £2million Townscape Heritage Initiative, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Lancashire County Council and Rossendale Borough Council, which also includes funding for targeted improvement of commercial buildings within the Town Centre.

There will be more opportunities for residents and businesses to get involved in the design of the scheme as the project progresses over the coming months.

Site works for the scheme are due to start later in 2015.

Copies of the Cabinet Report and response to the public realm consultation are available here, with paper copies available to look at in Bacup Library and at the reception of Futures Park.

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