Feedback sought over public realm strategies

A four-week public consultation period launched this week into the future of public spaces in the Weavers' Triangle and Burnley town centre.

The public are invited to give their thoughts on two draft strategies that have been prepared setting out Burnley Council's vision for the future of public spaces.

The strategies cover the design of squares, streets, roads, green spaces, towpaths and other rights of way and the physical elements that are in those spaces such as signs, seating, bins, bollards, cycle stands, paving materials, trees, lighting and public art.

The strategies include recommendations for the design of new and enhanced public space and cover issues regarding the management and maintenance of public realm.

The strategies focus on improving the appearance and use of these two areas, with better street furniture, improved lighting and signage and a more pedestrian friendly and safe environment. This is intended to encourage more visitors and boost the local economy.

Cllr Roger Frost, the council's executive member for the environment, said: "The draft strategies are a significant step forward in achieving attractive living places reflecting local character and distinctiveness while also embracing many challenges including providing safe communities and climate change.

"They are also an important part of Burnley's regeneration and demonstrate our commitment to improving the quality of surroundings for businesses, residents and visitors alike.

"The final document will be used to help make decisions on issues ranging from new road crossings to public art and it is vital that users of the town centre and Weavers' Triangle- including young people to local businesses – share their opinions and help to shape this important document."

The draft strategies are on view at Burnley Town Hall and Contact Centre during office hours. Alternatively they are available at Burnley Central Library and Padiham Library and will be accessible via www.burnley.gov.uk/LDF

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