A new billboard has been erected on a former bank to showcase the Bacup 2040 Vision, Masterplan and High Street Heritage Action Zone.

The billboard on the old Barclays gives an interesting insight into the themes of the 2040 Vision and sets how Bacup will continue to strive to grow into a thriving and sustainable town for its local community, local businesses and visitors alike.

Highlighting the current High Street Heritage Action Zone - a £1.08 million Historic England funded project - the billboard sets out what this project is aiming to achieve, complementing the achievements of the former Townscape Heritage Initiative and the future aspirations for the Market Square and wider town centre.

Back in January the council's planning committee awarded permission for advertising hoardings on the “eyesore” building - which could be in place for three years.

Coun Jackie Oakes, deputy council leader, said: “The billboard is a great way to engage everyone with the proposals for our town centre. Why not scan the QR code to see the online animation of the proposals and find out more?”

Last December it was revealed that the Bacup 2040 Vision had been unsuccessful in its bid to the government’s Future High Streets funding pot, however the Board remained defiant about driving the plans forward when possible.

Moving on from this decision, the Bacup 2040 Partnership Board continues to actively look, and apply for, grant funding to continue the delivery of the Bacup 2040 Vision and Masterplan.

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