Council announces £1.5m bid for Brierfield

Brierfield could benefit from £1.5m cash investment if Pendle Council’s bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund succeeds.

Brierfield MillThe five year Brierfield Townscape Revival Plan has been developed in consultation with local residents, businesses and Brierfield Town Council in a bid to improve the historic town centre.

The bid was submitted this month, and an answer will come in January.

Counci Leader Mohammed Iqbal said: “Brierfield has some stunning architecture including Victorian and Edwardian buildings along the main road.

“This bid includes bringing historic buildings back to their former glory and building on the civic pride there is in the town.”

Senior regeneration officer Julie Palmer said: “Our bid also focuses on getting empty buildings and shops back into use to inject new confidence in the town."

If successful, the project will include grants to property owners to help restore exteriors, new street furnitute and lighting, public art and a conservation and heritage skills programme for local contractors, crafts people and apprentices.

“If successful at the first stage, we’ll be working hard on a more detailed bid for the Heritage Lottery Fund to approve,” Julie added.

The Revival Project supports Pendle Council’s investment in a new destination for the North West called Northlight at Brierfield Mill through its joint venture company with Barnfield Construction, called PEARL. Brierfield councillor Naeem Ashraf added: “If we jump through all the hoops successfully we’ll be putting this important five year plan for Brierfield into action in 2018.”