Published Monday 8 February 2016 at 16:24
Councillors are being asked to agree a second stage bid that would see the restoration of key heritage buildings and public spaces in Blackburn.
Funded by Heritage Lottery and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, the project includes proposals for renovation and repair of the Blakey Moor terrace, former Baroque public house, King George’s Hall frontage and around 20 other historic buildings on Northgate and Lord Street West. The work would be carried out over a five year period.
Councillor Phil Riley, Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “This is an exciting prospect for the Northgate Area. If secured, this funding will help preserve heritage assets and support prosperity in the area.
“The Council recognises Northgate as a key area within the town centre. It’s home to King Georges Hall and a number of strong independent retailers and work has already been undertaken to restore the Central Library and Town Hall.
“Past Heritage Lottery Fund research shows that even small changes, such as improving shop fronts or restoring a building’s historic features, can make a real difference.
“We are now seeking approval for the Stage 2 process and whilst there is much work still to be done, such investment would support significant physical improvements, increase confidence in the area and attract new investment.”
A report will be considered by the Council’s Executive Board on Thursday.