The Great Harwood Regeneration Board has merged with the town’s civic society in the hope that it will give them a greater say over the redevelopment of the town.
Board chairman John Duckworth said he did not believe the group was having enough of a say of regeneration issues and said that its relationship with the town’s area council had broken down.
Mr Duckworth says they have been left frustrated by the lack of progress and feels they have lost the support of the area council since being set up seven years ago.
The board was founded as a sub-group of the town’s area council and is a consultee on council decisions affecting the area.
But Mr Duckworth said members have become disillusioned and have now decided to merge with the civic society in the hope that it would give them a greater voice.
He said: “We had a few meetings with the council over the past two years and told we could no longer be a sub-group.
“It’s just got to a point where there’s no point in continuing with it in its particular form. It became impossible for us to continue.We have stuttered along for two years and we have lost several members because of what’s happened.
“Joining with the civic society may well be in the end a better outcome as together we will be a stronger group.”
In recent years the regeneration board has helped to increase car parking on Holgate Street, campaigned for town hall funding and opposed the closure of the tip by Lancashire county council.
Lynn Wilson, civic society chairman, said the new group – which has not yet been given a name – will focus on the new conservation area plan and the town’s core strategy.
She added: “It is hoped that working together the groups will be stronger and able to source funding for projects in Great Harwood.”
Ward councillor Ciaran Wells, who is head of the area council, said he was pleased the board would be continuing.
He said: “It’s welcome news for the council and the area council that we maintain the regeneration board.
“It was set up in 2006 but local government looks significantly different now than it did then. The county and local groups need to understand this but it’s important that we still interact with them to improve the town.”