WORK will start next week to regenerate a town centre.

Smart new paving and improved pedestrian facilities are planned in Bacup.

It is part of the next phase of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

The work will see pavements in and around St James Square upgraded with high-quality York stone, roads resurfaced and three new zebra crossings installed.

Extra visitor parking and loading bays for businesses will also be introduced.

In 2013, Rossendale Council secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver the £2 million THI.

The scheme aims to support the regeneration of Bacup by restoring historic features and increasing its appeal to visitors and businesses.

Borough council leader Alyson Barnes said: "The smart appearance of the town centre will make it a more attractive place for businesses, shoppers and visitors."

The work to be carried out by contractors Eric Wright Civil Engineering for Lancashire County Council.

It will start on Monday, July 9, and is scheduled to finish during October 2018.