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Darwen residents will get their own new parking land
A FORMER workshop and office block will be turned into off-street residents’ parking as part of a £40million improvement to public transport in East Lancashire.
Blackburn with Darwen Council has bought the former Lancashire Laminators site in Moss Gate, Darwen.
The site will be levelled and turned into a car park to make up for lost on-street parking provision as a result of the Pennine Reach programme.
Improvements in Darwen will also include work at the M65 junction, the upgrading of junctions along the A666 and work at the town centre bus station, including real-time information boards.
The Earcroft improvement plans always included residents’ parking, and cash for the purchase of the former industrial area has come from the Pennine Reach fund.
Coun Maureen Bateson, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive member for regeneration, said: “The council has purchased this land for additional off-street residents’ parking in Earcroft as part of the development of the £40million Pennine Reach scheme.”
The 6,184sq ft site was listed for sale by Taylor Weaver Chartered Surveyors at £159,950.
Earcroft councillor Trevor Maxfield said he welcomed the additional park- ing provision.
He said: “Extra parking has to be good news for the area. If we are going to lose car parking space then to set up some more is essential.
“There are more cars on the road now than ever before and often not enough parking.
“I was called to an incident in Redvers Road recently and there isn’t enou- gh spaces for the number of cars on that road.”
n Lancashire Laminators has relocated to a site in Commercial Road, Darwen.
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