ACCRINGTON people are being urged to help shape the future of their town as the council’s 15-year masterplan goes on show.

Hyndburn Council will unveil the plan for the much-needed regeneration of Accrington town centre next week.

Visitors will be able to see and comment on the 15-year blueprint at Accrington Market Hall on Friday 25 January and the Arndale Centre on Saturday 26 January between 10am and 4pm.

The plan includes:


* Moving the bus station to Crawshaw Street, off King Street, behind the old Kwik Save store.
* Improving the Arndale Centre by reorganising the shop layout in a bid to attract larger retailers.
* Reinstating Blackburn Road as the town’s high street.
* Concentrating the hub of the town centre around the Town Hall and market by refurbishing the market and improving its environment.
* Creating a new square known as Abbey Square to define the key arrival point to the town centre and improving this junction.
* Redeveloping the Grange Lane area for housing and improved green space.
* Improving the heritage buildings along Blackburn Road and Cannon Street.

The masterplan was designed on behalf of Hyndburn Council by urban designers URBED and will guide planning, design and investment in the town.

The exhibition can also be seen at Accrington Town Hall from 28 January until 8 February, Accrington Library from 11 February until 23 February and Accrington Pals Health Centre from 25 February until 7 March.

Council leader Peter Britcliffe said: "I’m delighted that we now have the draft masterplan ready.

"Accrington has enormous potential and is most definitely on the up, with new businesses settling in the town, and we want to make sure that as many people as possible take this chance to have their say about the future of the town centre.

"Over the years experience tells me that people often grumble and complain when it’s too late, so it’s vital that they take this opportunity to give their views.

"I’m particularly interested to see what they think about the location of the bus station.

"It’s not my own first preference and I’d like to know if people agree or disagree, so it’s important to let us know.

"The town we build in the next few years will have to last us long after our time, into the next century, so we want everyone to have their say."