HUGE INTEREST IN ACCRINGTON’S NEW TOWN SQUARE

Many Accrington Town Centre stakeholders gathered to have their say about how Accrington’s new Town Square should be used, at a meeting hosted by the Council’s new Business and Marketing Co-ordinator, Victoria Ingham, last week.

The concept of Accrington’s New Town Square began with an initial funding application back in 2012 and will be completed by Autumn 2018. It is the re-imagining of Accrington’s historic square and shop front heritage buildings. At the heart of this simple, yet high quality development is a flexible space for community use and local events. It also features improvements to the prominent features of the listed Town Hall and Victorian Market Hall.

Councillor Clare Cleary, Cabinet Member for Accrington Town Centre, said later; “It’s great to hear that over fifty people attended the meeting. It’s clear there are many people who care passionately about Amazing Accrington. Over fifty people attended the meeting bursting with ideas about the types of events they’d like to see in the new Town Square, with twenty four saying they’d like to be more involved, either by being a member of a steering group for events or helping to run an event. This is fabulous news, thank you to all who took time out to attend the meeting on Monday and I’m looking forward to some fantastic events in the future.”

Cllr Cleary continued; “The new Town Square will not only highlight our remarkable heritage, but will also act as a catalyst this town needs for reinvention. We have a great offering already, a Victorian Market Hall, independent boutique shops and amazing architecture. We can make this offer better with the help of passionate residents and businesses who want to see Accrington as a beautiful, vibrant destination town.”

At the meeting attendees asked questions about the new Town Square, before breaking up into groups to discuss and record ideas for its use, working together to find ways not only attract new visitors, but also draw in local residents. Following this workshop, each group proudly presented a number of ideas to the room and discussed their merits.

Cllr Cleary concluded; “There is still time for more people to get involved in plans for the new Town Square. To have your say, please contact Victoria Ingham at the Council by calling 01254 388111 or by emailing Victoria.ingham@hyndburnbc.gov.uk