Almost £10,000 of lottery funding will help transform an empty shop in Padiham town centre and help bring it back to life.
The money from the National Lottery Heritage Fund will be invested in the properties in Burnley Road and help towards the cost of repair and restoration work to the shop frontages as part of the Padiham Townscape Heritage scheme.
Work has begun and will include the repair of defective timber, replacement of broken glazing panels and redecoration of the shopfronts including hand painted signage.
The applicant, Butcher & Sons Ltd is also undertaking a comprehensive internal refurbishment to the shop units and plans to open an American style diner/restaurant called ‘The Block’ towards the end of the month.
Butcher & Sons Ltd opened neighbouring property ‘A Chip off the Old Block’ earlier this year and hopes this new endeavor will be equally successfully.
John, of Butcher and Sons Ltd said: "Myself, Andrew and Matthew are extremely grateful for all the help we have received from the council. We would also like to thank the people of Padiham and the surrounding areas who have supported us at A Chip off the Old Block and hope they continue to do so. We also hope they come out in their droves once again and support us in our new and exciting venture,
"We think The Block (which will be serving burgers and steaks) will bring a vibrant and enthusiastic ambiance to Padiham town centre. Finally we would also like to thank all our staff, current and future, who without we couldn't offer the first class service we currently provide and hope to continue to do so for a long and prosperous future."
Councillor Asif Raja, the council’s executive member for economy and growth, said: “We are delighted to support this scheme through Townscape Heritage investment and in welcoming another new business to Padiham. A high-quality repair and redecoration scheme to the frontages will have a notable impact to the street scape and help bring this vacant property back into use.”
The Padiham Townscape Heritage investment aims to tackle vacant and neglected buildings through sympathetic building works, along with environmental improvements and wider activities, to make Padiham a more vibrant and attractive place to live, work and visit.
More information about the Townscape Heritage scheme and Padiham town centre is available here