HYNDBURN councillors and traders have given a thumbs-up to plans to breathe new life into the former Karrimor building in Accrington.
The Eastgate building came under the spotlight during a meeting of the Accrington Town Centre Regeneration Board when members expressed their delight at plans to turn the site into a retail and office complex.
County Councillor Wendy Dwyer is pleased that two local businesses have stepped in to save the derelict building, formerly home to outdoor clothes giant Karrimor Internat-ional, as she felt it was bringing the area down.
The new owners, Magenta Holdings Ltd, of Great Harwood, and chartered surveyors Glovers Project Services Ltd, of Accrington, are hopeful the first tenants will be able to move in by September.
Expressing her delight, Mrs Dwyer, who represents residents in the Accrington South area for the county council, said: "I am very pleased that something is happening to the building at last. It's taken a long time to achieve but the residents in that area will be delighted because the building has been an eyesore."
The facelift includes replacing the roof, installing new windows, cleaning the brickwork, installing an external stair-tower at the back and providing 37 car parking spaces.
At a meeting of Accrington Area Council this week, resident Pat Baron said she was concerned about the parking facilities and how the increase in traffic would affect the area.
She suggested that traffic could be diverted in a bid to solve the problem.