An East Lancashire park is to get a new outdoor performance space.

The upgrade will take place at Hargher Clough Park in south west Burnley.

The move follows Burnley Council being awarded a grant of £82,392 from the FCC Communities Foundation, which awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.

Additional money has been secured from the Burnley Council, Lancashire County Council, and social housing company Calico towards the project which will help transform the unused piece of land in the park.

The cash will create an outdoor performance space with terraced seating, a small stage area, lighting, new walkways, and landscaping.

Cllr Jack Launer, Burnley Council’s health and wellbeing boss, said: ‘’We are very grateful to the FCC Communities Foundation for this grant.

“The development of Hargher Clough Park has been a long-term project which has already seen the installation of a play area, multi-use games area and a wheeled sports area.

"We’re delighted that we can now move ahead with this latest phase of improvements.

“After the work has been completed, the area will have a wonderful new space for community events and group activities, something that local people feel is missing and would be important to them.’’

West End Community Centre charity secretary, Chris Keene, said: "Getting the project to this stage has been a real community effort, and we can’t wait for everyone to be able to socialise, attend community events and performances, or just sit and relax in the new, greener, space that includes terraced seating, colourful new grasses, wildflowers, and trees too.’’

Richard Smith, FCC Communities Foundation senior grant manager, added: “We’re delighted to be supporting the improvements to Hargher Clough Park and pleased our funding will provide such a beautiful space for people across Burnley."