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‘Heritage’ pledge in Bacup shop front row
COUNCIL bosses have hit back in a row over security shutters after a Bacup takeaway boss claimed he was being driven out of business.
An ongoing battle is being waged between shopkeepers and town hall officials, across the borough, over ‘unauthorised’ roller shutters.
And after being fined £2,000, with £450 costs, Shazad Iqbal, owner of Chixy Chicken in Union Street, said he only acted out of fears for his premises’ safety.
But council licensing head Tracy Brzozowski said Mr Iqbal was given three months to comply with an enforcement notice.
She added: “The council is committed to working with local shop owners to seek out the best solutions for each area.
“Bacup has great potential for regeneration based on the strong historical character of the buildings.
“The council is working with businesses, residents groups and councillors to put together a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £2million scheme that would enable grants to be given to property owners in central Bacup to support reinstatement of historical architectural features and strengthen and rebuild that special character. Shop fronts will be a part of this”.
Mr Iqbal said council officials should accept that Bacup had a vandalism problem and be more flexible in their approach to dealing with the problem.
Security shutters which have already been in place for four years are not affected by the council policy, which favours internal or lattice-style shutters.
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