A multimillion pound project investment which is set to transform Haslingden town centre and create a bright future, is underway.

The Haslingden Big Lamp Project, a £2.8 million in investment, will revitalise the town centre, preserving its rich heritage while marking a new era of prosperity.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting the project with £1.9m of funding, with further funding secured from Rossendale Borough Council, and private individuals.

The financial backing will enable the revitalisation of several key objectives, including the restoration of heritage shopfronts and vital repairs, as well as substantial improvements to the public realm in Deardengate.

The works on site are delivered by Buttress and Rosslee Construction, and began on September 6, focusing its initial efforts on the four priority buildings:

  • Fuel N Vape
  • Lifestyle by Homecare Services/Hazelwood Homecare
  • David Gould Opticians
  • Burgess Worden Opticians

Critical repair works will include the reinstatement and repair of traditional shopfronts, enhanced signage, stone cleaning, sash window restoration, lime repointing, and more.

Ryan Godwin, director at Lifestyle by Homecare Services, expressed his enthusiasm for the project.

He said: "In renovating the front elevation, we feel we are adding to the charm of the main street and preserving the history of Rossendale.

“Our office reflects our community values. We support the local community and are excited to see the building being restored and a great addition to Deardengate.

“We are proud and happy to be part of improvements in Haslingden, especially as Hazelwood has its origins in Haslingden from our beginnings 40 years ago."

Councillor Annie McMahon, heritage and design champion, said: "As Heritage Champion for Rossendale, I'm proud and delighted to be part of the development of the Haslingden Big Lamp Project and to see work beginning.

“Our Heritage Staff in Economic Development, led by their director David Smurthwaite, believe strongly that Heritage should be at the heart of economic development.

“They have worked long and hard to get funding for Haslingden to build on its existing character and know that building on and improving existing heritage buildings will attract more people into Haslingden and gradually this will impact on bringing vibrancy and money into Haslingden. I wish them all the very best of luck."

Rossendale Council leader Alyson Barnes expressed her excitement for the project, adding: "The Haslingden Big Lamp Project is a testament to the dedication and vision of our community.

"It embodies our commitment to preserving our heritage while creating a vibrant and prosperous future.

“This investment not only enhances Haslingden's charm but also supports local businesses and attracts visitors.

"It's a great step forward in the regeneration for Haslingden."