Hyndburn Council is bidding for a share of the Government’s £675million Future High Streets Fund, to help transform Accrington Town Centre.

Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, said; “A share of the Future High Street Fund will allow us to build on our work to regenerate Accrington Town Centre and achieve our vision for it to become a place of bespoke shopping and services, vibrant events and activity set in an outstanding place of architecture, heritage and community.”

He added; “The bid requires us to show our experience of working with partners, which we’ve already demonstrated many times, with the creation of the new Town Square which has already hosted many exciting events, with many more planned over the year. Investment from the Future High Streets Fund would boost further regeneration as Accrington, like town centres across the country, has seen the rise in internet shopping and out-of-town shopping parks divert footfall away from its traditional high street.”

The application, which was submitted on Friday 22nd March 2019, was accompanied with details of the Council’s Area Action Plan and Corporate Strategy for Growth 2018–2023 as well as many letters of support.

If successful, stage 2 of the process allows for funding to develop a plan for the town centre, detailing projects to take forward. The Council will then hold consultation events for residents, businesses and community groups to gather ideas and develop a fuller future vision for the town.