Public Consultation on Bacup Public Realm Enhancements

Published January 6, 2022 at 11:40

Rossendale Borough Council is asking the public for feedback on proposals to improve Bacup’s public realm. 

Bacup received over £1.18 million of Historic England funding as part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone project. The key outcomes of the project are upgrades for up to 22 buildings, public realm works to Burnley Road Memorial Garden, community events and a cultural programme. 

The Council is running a six week consultation, available online from 7th January to 18th February, to consult on the plans to improve Burnley Road Memorial Garden. They are also consulting on a potential upgrade to Union Street, which would require additional funding. 

Two consultation sessions will be held with the project team to discuss the plans and answer any questions. The first session will be held at Bacup Market on Wednesday 12th January from 1pm until 4pm.  

The second session will be held online with bookable appointment slots on Thursday 13th January from 4pm until 7pm. To book a fifteen minute meeting with the project team, please email Ad hoc appointments will be available if you are unable to attend on Thursday 13th January. 

Portfolio Holder for Health, Leisure and Bacup Regeneration, Councillor Barbara Ashworth said: “The public realm proposals feed in to our wider 2040 vision for Bacup. Throughout the whole process, the local community has been at the centre of decision making, and we can make sure this continues through further public consultation.” 

Councillor Andrew Walmsley said: “The proposals for the memorial garden are a welcome way of enhancing the garden and providing some overdue investment, whilst ensuring that it remains a peaceful area for reflection and remembrance.” 

Historic England’s Peter Barlow said: “We’re excited to hear what local communities have to say about the proposed improvements to Bacup’s public realm and how this relates to the plans to regenerate the town’s historic high street.” 

To view the proposals and complete the consultation survey, visit Rossendale Borough Council’s website at 

Paper consultation surveys will be available at the consultation session and at the Council building, located at Futures Park in Bacup. 

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