Completion of Bacup regeneration work delayed

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The completion of work to regenerate the centre of Bacup with smart new paving and improved pedestrian crossing facilities has been delayed due to more concrete than anticipated being found underground.

The work was due to be finished by Monday 8 October, but is now expected to be completed around the end of November.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "We're sorry that this work is taking longer than expected. The delay is because we have found far more concrete under the streets of Bacup than we had expected to find, and this means that excavations take a lot longer.

"Similar locations usually have a higher proportion of loose granular material which is much easier to excavate. We knew there was some concrete due to the culverted River Irwell, and had factored this in, but we've found a lot more than we had originally anticipated. Concrete has also been used to protect shallow utilities and the contractors have had to dig carefully by hand to remove this to avoid damage.

"At the same time, we've substantially completed the work in many of the busiest pedestrian areas, so the day-to-day disruption should be reduced for the remainder of the project.

"We're sorry for the added disruption, however a few more weeks' work will be worth it in the long term. This is a project which will make a difference for many years to come by making Bacup a place where people want to spend time and money, and lay the ground to attract further investment from businesses."

Rossendale Borough Council was successful in securing £1.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2013 to deliver the Townscape Heritage Initiative, which aims to support the regeneration of Bacup by restoring historic features and increasing its appeal to visitors and businesses. Lancashire County Council and Rossendale Borough Council are also contributing to the cost of the scheme.

The latest phase of the Townscape Heritage Initiative involves pavements in and around St James Square being upgraded with high-quality York Stone, roads resurfaced, and three new zebra crossings being installed. Extra visitor parking and loading bays for businesses is also being introduced.

Work to the pavements on the south side of St James Square, St James St and at the bottom of South Street is nearing completion, with work also progressing well to provide new zebra crossings on Market Street, St James Square and Yorkshire Street. Work will now move onto the north side of St James Square and the west side of Burnley Road. Dates for resurfacing of the roads are currently being finalised, with the final stage of work being to paint the regulatory lines for crossings, and the extra parking and loading spaces.

County Councillor Iddon added: "We would also ask people to be mindful about where they park. Whilst the enhanced paving is designed to be run over by a vehicle on occasions, the scheme is for the benefit of the town and its pedestrians and not for vehicles parking on the footway.

"We will be carry out frequent parking enforcement to reinforce this message."

Tagged as: Roads, Parking and Travel

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