Wednesday, 9 July 2014

This week saw the second meeting of the Haslingden Task Force

This week saw the second meeting of the Haslingden Task Force, the group which is working with Rossendale Borough Council, local traders, landlords and community groups in Haslingden to see how best to develop the town and invest and match fund a £100,000 pot which Rossendale BC have set aside for Haslingden.

The meeting was also attended by local traders from Ruby and Daisy, based on Deardengate and representatives from the company who own a number of properties also on Deardengate. A lot of the discussions focused shop frontage and how the heritage of Haslingden buildings can be attractive to both new businesses and customers.

The group will be working alongside Lancashire County Council to look at the parking arrangements and parking signage in Haslingden town centre. It’s hoped that there can be some quick remedies to these problems for both shops, customers and residents.

There was also a promising report about the plans which have been drawn up for Rising Bridge roundabout by Rossendale BC. As one of the major gateways to both the boroughs of Hyndburn and Rossendale I am extremely disappointed with its current state and with the group now having some plans to work towards I’m hopeful that we’ll see an improvement soon.

I’d like to thank Rossendale BC for their continued efforts to work with Haslingden businesses, volunteers and residents to help improve Haslingden and I look forward to working with them on a number of projects.