Following the announcement earlier this year that Burnley Council had secured initial support for the Padiham Townscape Heritage bid, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Padiham ‘Crafting the Future’ project, the council has been progressing plans to apply for the full grant.

A public consultation event has now been organised, which will take the form of a drop-in event on Wednesday 14th December, 2016, between 3 pm and 7 pm, at the Fixhub on Church Street in Padiham, to give residents, businesses and visitors an opportunity to discuss and feedback on proposals that have been put together so far.

The drop-in event will provide an opportunity to have a say on proposals to transform a focused area within the Padiham town centre Conservation Area – an area of predominantly Victorian buildings, which includes a number of properties along Burnley Road at the heart of Padiham.

The first round pass meant that money has been set aside by the HLF for the Padiham Scheme and gave the green light to progress plans to apply for the full grant which are now ready for public consultation.

The full grant involves a 5 year programme bid for £1.45million to breathe new life back into the heart of Padiham through three key areas:

  • Repair and restoration works to buildings – this will involve grant aided works available to property owners within the TH Boundary at a fixed percentage to cover the costs of external repair and restoration works to retain the historic nature of the area.
  • Public Realm Scheme – £250,000 is earmarked for environmental improvements within the TH area to include decluttering of street furniture, introduction of traffic calming measures, new pavement surfaces and public art.
  • Wider Activity Programme – Working with local partners, the Padiham TH will deliver a programme of community engagement events and heritage skills training activities to run throughout the lifetime of the project

Burnley Council Deputy Leader, John Harbour said: “Padiham has a lovely market town feel with some stunning architecture. There are some great specialist shops in Padiham and we hope the HLF funding will bring the buildings and heritage back into full economic use, will greatly enhance the town centre, build on the civic pride in the area, and bring many new visitors and shoppers to the town in the future. It’s a very positive step towards transforming Padiham’s future.

“We want to hear people’s views and engage them in the plans for the Padiham Townscape Heritage Project and I hope people can spare some time to drop in and talk to us, if they can’t there is also an opportunity to feedback online.”

Heritage Lottery Fund Chair, Sir Peter Luff, said: “Historic town centres are the beating heart of communities, so where they fall into disrepair, the community pays a heavy price. Research shows that this can be changed and that even small changes – improving shop fronts or restoring architectural features – can make a real difference.

“That’s what the Townscape Heritage Scheme does so successfully, providing a boost for local economies, with vital employment and training opportunities, start-up spaces for small businesses and enhanced public spaces for residents and visitors.

“Townscape Heritage funding has made a huge difference to communities across the UK and this is only possible thanks to National Lottery players.”

You can also let us know your views by completing an online survey at www.padiham.org.uk if you can’t make the drop in sessions.