Accrington Town Centre To Get A Face Lift
Planning permission has been given for a £2 million town centre public square in Accrington.
Councillors approved the plans by a majority vote of 10-2 at a planning committee meeting this week.
The area in front of the Accrington Town Hall and Market Hall will be transformed over the next 18 months into a large events area and will include features to commemorate the Accrington Pals and reflect the borough’s ‘rich industrial history’.
Under the scheme the two large horse chestnut trees in front of the Market Hall will be felled to open up the area and will include First World War-themed ‘duckboard benches’, tram seats and sculptures.
The road outside the Market Hall and Town Hall will be closed off to traffic between 10am and 4pm, except for loading and police access, and will become a pedestrian and cycle zone.
The council won’t be organising events and it will be up to community organisations. I do query how much this square is going to be needed for events.
Simon Prideaux, chief council planning officer, said the square will provide a ‘focal point’ for the town centre and will be ‘complemented by highways improvements on Blackburn Road and Peel Street’.
He told the meeting: “That stretch of Blackburn Road is already subject to limitations and is only open to buses and taxis.
Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire says “the improvements outside the Town Hall will be a great benefit to all the community making it a very pleasant area to visit.”
Information from the Accrington Observer.