heritage

So what is the asset listing project?

Published on February 28, 2018 at 6:45 pm

In a new blog, Community Assets Standing Tall (CAST) trustee  Carl Bradshaw tells us what the Rossendale Heritage Listing project is and how you can get involved.

The aim of this project is to afford some protection to the heritage assets in our communities by registering them on the Community Asset Register.

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Council leader welcomes Flying Scotsman visit

Published on February 23, 2018 at 12:10 pm

The Flying Scotsman is visiting Rawtenstall Station for its first public outing of 2018 on March 10 and 11.  You can find more details on East Lancashire Railway site

Welcoming the news that the famous locomotive is coming to the borough, Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council, said:

“I am really excited that the Flying Scotsman is visiting our borough.

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Chair of Bacup THI Board statement following this week’s board meeting

Published on August 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Following a meeting of the Bacup THI board this week, the chair of the Board, Councillor Andy MacNae made the following statement:

“The THI public realm scheme is facing uncertainty after Lancashire County Council has been unable to confirm that the project will receive its support. The THI board has confirmed its support for scheme, which has been tweaked following recent public feedback including the public meeting. 

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Bacup THI – Statement about public meeting

Published on July 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Councillor Andrew MacNae, chair of Bacup THI Board, said after last night meeting about the public realm scheme: “I was very pleased with the number of people who came to share their views and I want thank everyone for taking the time to come to the meeting tonight. It is very important the community is involved in shaping the future of Bacup.

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New CGI image of Bacup public realm scheme released

Published on June 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm

A new computer generated image of what Bacup town centre could like in the future has been released.

The image shows what the proposed public realm improvement scheme for St James Square will look like from the view of a pedestrian.

The Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative is a £2m investment in the town to restore its historic character.

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Next phase of engagement on future of Bacup town centre announced

Published on June 19, 2017 at 3:08 pm

The board overseeing the Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) has announced plans for the next phase of engagement on the £2m scheme.

As part of the conditions of the THI funding, a public realm improvement scheme is required.

It means changes to the road layout to make the town centre easier to use for pedestrians.

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Update from Valley Heritage

Published on February 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Valley Heritage is a charitable organisation that works with communities and like minded  partners to share and celebrate this rich heritage and bring our decaying historic buildings back to life for future generations to enjoy.

Their latest update newsletters (below) update on the work they’ve been involved in with the Bacup THI Project, Heritage Open Days, Waterside Mill in Bacup amongst others.

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Consultation Open on New Public Realm Proposals

Published on December 8, 2016 at 11:04 am

Consultation on the new proposals for the public realm part of the Bacup THI Project is open till January 2nd 2017.

The new proposals, following previous consultation comments, can be viewed here and in the Bacup library.

Comments can be submitted via the THI website, emailing thi@rossendalebc.gov.uk or writing to Bacup THI Project, Rossendale Borough Council, The Business Centre, Bacup, OL13 0BB.

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Residents Interested in Bacup THI Open Day

Published on December 5, 2016 at 4:48 pm

The Council’s Open Day for this project proved to be an informative session for local residents about the scheme and its future plans.

The local Bacup community were invited to come down to Saturday’s Open Day on the THI Project, organised by Rossendale Council, so that they could find out more information on what has already been achieved by the project and to see what is to come in future phases.

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Weir War Memorial Given Grade II Listed Status

Published on November 17, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Historic England give listed status to Weir War Memorial.

The Secretary of State for Culture Media & Sport has added Weir War Memorial to the list of buildings of Special Architectural or Historic interest and has been granted Grade II listed status.

The announcement was made in time for Armistice Day and the Remembrance weekend, a special service was held at the memorial on Friday November 11th.

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Community Column: ‘Interpreting Acre’ Project Events

Published on October 14, 2016 at 12:50 pm

The Friends of Acre Village are hosting two events in autumn to celebrate their ‘Interpreting Acre’ project. This project was funded by a Sharing Heritage grant of £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The first event is a ‘Beating the Bounds’ guided walk around the rediscovered historic boundary of Acre Village.

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Successful Heritage Open Day at Stubbylee Hall, Bacup

Published on September 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Valley Heritage, working alongside Rossendale Borough Council, were once again able to open up Stubbylee Hall to the public this year. Over 75 people attended throughout the day and were able to explore the attics; cellars and other ‘secret’ places rarely open to the public.

Stephen Anderson, Chair of Valley Heritage said: “The Heritage Open Day was a great success and was very well attended by local people as well as drawing in visitors from the neighbouring boroughs of Burnley and Bury.

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Rossendale Opens Its Doors for Heritage Celebration

Published on September 5, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Following the success of the Heritage Open Day last year, Valley Heritage and Rossendale Borough Council are pleased to announce that Stubbylee Hall in Bacup will be open to the public again this year. This event will be Sunday 11th September between 11am and 2pm. Access to the Hall will be via guided tours of 15 people, available to book on the day.

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Clock Strikes for Bacup THI Project Success

Published on July 19, 2016 at 3:23 pm

Rossendale Borough Council is pleased to announce that The Bacup THI Project has successfully completed the impressive restoration work to the Pioneer Building Clock Tower.

When the scaffolding came down on Pioneer Building it revealed the completion of the most technically challenging aspect of the improvement works to Pioneer Buildings the restoration and structural repair of the clock tower.

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Heritage Experts Visit the Bacup THI

Published on July 11, 2016 at 2:52 pm

On Friday 8th July (2016) the Association of Preservation Trust visited Rossendale for a tour of heritage sites in the areas. Most notably they met with the THI Project Manager Steven Lever and Project Architect Vic Fletcher, from Equilibrium Architects, who gave a tour of the Bacup THI Project to a group of nearly 50 heritage experts and enthusiasts from the Heritage Trust North West.

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Bacup THI Guided Walk: “Water, Water everywhere, but not a Drop to Drink”

Published on July 6, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Bacup’s economic and social history has been shaped by the influence of water: either too much or too little! Floods were frequent: drinking water scarce: by 1848 the town was a mess. How did this come about, and what were the results of sorting it out?

Join us on this free guided walk to learn more about this fascinating and sometimes scary story of Bacaup’s hidden past.

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£20,000 Grant Success for Valley Heritage Creates Hope for Bacup’s Waterside Mill

Published on June 3, 2016 at 9:02 am

Valley Heritage has received confirmation of £10,000 each from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) to explore if Waterside Mill in Bacup can be saved for future generations.

The project will allow support from heritage professionals to identify if this heritage building can be saved, what repairs are needed, what they will cost and what uses the building could be put to in the future.

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Bacup THI Phase 1 Works Nearing Completion

Published on May 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm

The Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative Project Phase 1 work is now moving towards being completed with over £400k of work on the Pioneer Building and Clock Tower on Rochdale Road and the RSPCA Building at 33 St James Street being successfully carried out.

Investment into the Pioneer Building has new shop fronts installed and new sash windows fitted.

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Bacup THI Presentation at Bacup Easter Festival

Published on March 21, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Board members and Project Officers from the Bacup Townscape heritage Initiative (THI) will be in attendance at the Bacup Easter Festival on Saturday March 26th 10am till 3pm to present information on the scheme so far.

The team will be on Bacup Market with an information stall where people will be able to ask question about the work taking place in Bacup, the importance of heritage in Bacup and ways to get involved.

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Rossendale Borough Council Adopts New Conservation Strategy

Published on March 10, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has adopted a new Conservation Strategy for 2016-2021.

The Conservation Strategy shows the Council’s commitment to heritage and celebrates the Valley’s rich architectural history.

The strategy will provide the Council with a new strategic approach to conservation, accompanied by the Conservation Officer post we have in the Council.

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Rawtenstall Cenotaph Awarded Grade II* Listed Status

Published on February 24, 2016 at 10:55 am

The Cenotaph in Rawtenstall at the library gardens has had its listed status raised to Grade II*.

This status change comes as part of Historic England’s national assessment of war memorials.

Historic England recognised the heritage and history of Rawtenstall Cenotaph and duly upgraded its listed status. Historic England stated that is was awarded Grade II* listed status due to its architectural interest, its sculptural interest and the quality of the craftsmanship.

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