Padiham is celebrating a major lottery win that will help preserve the town’s past for future generations.
The Padiham Townscape Heritage scheme, Crafting the Future, will benefit from £1.4 million of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money to help protect the town centre’s historic buildings.
It will also help support work to create an area of special architectural and historic interest and making the town more attractive for residents, workers and visitors.
The project is due to start in the autumn.
Burnley Council worked with local businesses, Padiham Town Council, residents and other interested organisations on the bid. Earlier this year the council asked local people to help shape a conservation area management plan which was a key part of the successful bid.
Councillor Sue Graham, executive member for regeneration and economic development, said: “Padiham has a wonderful heritage centre that needs preserving for future generations. At the same time this successful bid will help breathe new life into the centre.
“This is great news and the result of close partnership working between the council, local residents and businesses, and other groups to improve their town.
“Schemes like this don't just help to create attractive, vibrant places that people want to live, work, visit and invest in. They also inspire communities to find out more about their local heritage, and give people the chance to learn new skills.
“It will help enhance Padiham’s historic heart, build on the town’s civic pride, and attract more visitors and shoppers to the town.”
Councillor John Harbour, the council’s deputy leader and “heritage champion”, added: “This is wonderful news for Padiham and a great boost to the town and the ongoing work to create a vibrant centre that reflects the past as well as the future. I’d like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund and everyone who played a part in the successful bid for all their support.”
The Townscape Heritage scheme is focused on a compact area of mostly Victorian buildings at the heart of the conservation area, known locally as “The Hill.” The five-year programme aims to bring back traditional life and vitality to this area of the town by:
- overseeing the repair and restoration of eligible historic buildings within the Townscape Heritage boundary.
- carrying out environmental improvements, such as introducing traffic calming, pavement resurfacing and public art enhancments
- working with local partners to deliver a wider activity programme, including community events and heritage skills training
- support regeneration and business development throughout the town centre by celebrating all things home made in Padiham. This will include the development of a marketing strategy “Home made on the High Street” to build on the growing cluster of creative businesses and draw on Padiham's heritage and connections to the Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth and Gawthorpe Textiles Collection.
The council worked with a number of key partners in the successful bid, including Lancashire County Council, Gawthorpe Textile Collection, Fixhub, and Padiham Archives.