A DERELICT site in Huncoat has been transformed by the REMADE in Lancashire programme.
A new green space has been created on the dilapidated Within Grove Estate, at the end of Windermere Avenue on the former site of three houses, after lying vacant for almost 10 years.
The site which was once a favourite of fly-tippers, is now completely green and the home to a new cycleway encouraging more people to get on their bikes to get fit.
County Councillor Tim Ashton, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for environment and planning, said: "This is one of the first reclamation sites I have been to as a new cabinet member and I have to say I was amazed at the results.
"Projects like this work so well because local people are so keen to make improvements to their area - all they need is support and expertise from organisations like the county council to make their hopes become reality."
REMADE in Lancashire is funded by the North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA) in partnership with Lancashire County Council.
The project has also been supported by Huncoat Youth Project, Hyndburn Council, Hyndburn Homes and Contour Housing.
A massive £415,000 will be invested in the site, reclaiming the unused area of land and maintaining it for the next 15 years.
Councillor Lynn Wilson, Hyndburn Council's cabinet member for leisure, said: "It’s marvellous that, as a result of the partnership working with the community, this former unloved area has now been converted into a lovely green place with a cycleway for all to enjoy."
Richard Tracey, head of environmental quality at the NWDA, said: "The REMADE programme represents a major investment by the NWDA in derelict land reclamation for public use in Lancashire and demonstrates our commitment to tackling brownfield sites throughout the sub-region.
"I am delighted that work has been completed at Within Grove, creating a high-quality new facility for local people to enjoy."
The work was carried out after talks with Hyndburn Homes the owner of the estate who is currently planning a big regeneration for the area.