A COUNCIL is considering applying for government cash to help revive on of its town centres.

Rossendale is set to made a bid for money from the £675million Future High Streets Fund on behalf of Rawtenstall, Bacup or Haslingden.

The pot of money announced in Chancellor Philip Hammond's October Budget aims to help local authorities to transform their local high streets into modern vibrant community hubs.

Officially launched in on Boxing Day by communities minister nad Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry, the fund will only accept bids for town centres facing significant challenges.

Rossendale Council's Economic Development Team is looking to see which of the borough’s three towns has the best chance of securing cash.

They will submit an expression of interest in March before the highest scoring bids nationally are invited to submit a full application in the Summer.

Cllr Alyson Barnes, leader of Rossendale Council, said: “It’s really tough for the high street at the moment. What we need is more funding so we are always interested in any pot of money we can bid for."