Three more residential streets are set to receive a facelift as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment scheme.
Households on Clement Street, Bishop Street and South Street in the Woodnook area of Accrington will be contacted about the work in the next few weeks about the £691,000 facelift.
The scheme will cover the front of 122 properties and the rear yards of 53 properties and is a key element of empty homes developer PlaceFirst’s £15 million regeneration scheme for the area.
An £850,000 facelift scheme is already being carried out on Nuttall Street by Accrington-based Rosslee Construction and is due to be completed in early 2015.
The facelifting on the three new streets will be different as non-owner occupiers will be expected to make a financial contribution to the full facelift or accept a reduced scheme.
Speaking at a recent cabinet meeting, portfolio holder for housing Coun Clare Cleary said: “The first phase of facelift works on Nuttall Street is now well under way and it’s looking magnificent.
“The whole area is starting to uplift with really positive signs including new households starting to move back into the area.
“The streets chosen have been selected to have the maximum impact on the neighbourhood and will link the main empty homes project to the Christ Church Conservation Area. We have satisfied ourselves that PlaceFirst have secured best value for money in procuring their facelift contractor which very importantly is an Accrington-based contractor.”
A total of 131 derelict homes will also be transformed through the Woodnook projects.
Coun June Harrison, who attended the meeting, questioned why Augusta Street has not been included in the facelifting scheme.
Coun Cleary replied: “Those three streets are the gateway to the development. We have limited resources and can’t do everything. I would love to do all of the streets but we can’t. We could look at it in the future.”