A council is looking for input on a £2.8million project to update shop fronts and street scenes as well as planning a series of events in Haslingden.

The Big Lamp Project, set up by Rossendale Borough Council, is a series of work planned for regeneration on Higher Deardengate.

Ahead of the work, the council is consulting Haslingden’s business owners for their thoughts on the project in November.

A council spokesperson said: “We want to involve as many people as possible in this project.

“The people are the beating heart of Haslingden.

"Whether you live there, work there or just visit the area, it is a place defined by its people and we want to include that community spirit in the project.

“We encourage everyone to come and listen to the plans and share their thoughts.

"It is one we can all be excited about.”

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

Business owners are invited to a meeting on Wednesday, November 8, at Haslingden Library.

The public can have their say during drop-in sessions at the same venue, scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, and Friday, November 24, 2023.

The aim of the sessions is to inform users of Higher Deardengate of the upcoming public realm works and answer any questions about the project.

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.

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

Project Officers from the council’s Economic Development Team will host the drop-in sessions and the business focussed meeting, but anybody who frequents Haslingden is encouraged to share their thoughts.