Published January 7, 2019 at 15:53
After eight months of renovation a historic Bacup building has been given a new lease of life with the opening of Valley Denture Clinic.
Weir residents Kevin and Janet Abbott had been trading in Littleborough, but when they saw the improvements being made to the town centre as part of Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative, they knew the town was on the up and decided to look for premises nearer to home.
Councillor Jackie Oakes, interim chair of the THI, welcomed the new business to the town. She said:
I would like to welcome Valley Denture Clinic to the town and wish them all the best for the future. It’s great to see the improvements to Bacup are bringing in new businesses.
We saw the building on King Street and it was just perfect because it was ground floor, with two entrances and it offered the space that we needed.
However it did require a lot of work renovation work – there was not even any electricity.
The former KGs youth club and café has now been transformed thanks to local trades people and family members and now boasts a reception, laboratory, surgery, decontamination unit and accessible toilets.
Outside the building is a blue plaque as part Bacup Town Trail, which explains its history as weavers’ cottages.
Councillor Oakes added:
It’s a historic building so it’s great getting it back into use. We are really seeing the benefits of the THI funding to Bacup. The town does look better.
Of course there is still a lot to do and still a lot of challenges to overcome here but the THI funding is just the beginning and we will be looking at bringing in further money to improve the town.