Fountain lighting plans are approved - but the water will stay off
HERITAGE chiefs have confirmed they are proceeding with a lighting feature for a historic fountain - but WILL NOT be decommissioning it.
Campaigners fighting to have Bacup’s Coronation fountain restored to working order feared there were plans to completely remove its water supply.
The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) board, at a meeting on Tuesday, decided to proceed with a lighting feature - but have left the fountain with the possibility of being restored to working order in case Lancashire County Council (LCC) has a change of heart. The Free Press reported last month that a Save Bacup Fountain meeting was held to see if the water feature could be restored as part of the £2m THI scheme.
Janet Boon, a Bacup resident and campaigner, said: “We want it back up and running. It was given to Bacup for the Queen’s Coronation. They’ve done a brilliant job with the roundabout and square and this would be a great feature. It’s a fountain and we want it to work.”
While the fountain will remain in St James Square, LCC highways chiefs confirmed in July that ongoing funding was ‘unlikely’ and that there were concerns over a lack of safe pedestrian access or standing area.
They have since confirmed their position remains unchanged. Rossendale council say they have ‘always’ wanted Bacup to have an attractive centrepiece but the decision as to whether the fountain should work or not lies with LCC.
A spokesperson said: “LCC have made their position very clear to us, they will only consider licensing a lighting feature to improve the ex-fountain. We have always wanted an attractive centrepiece to comple- ment the enhancements brought to the town centre by the THI and we think this will achieve that given the direction we have received from LCC.”
Rossendale MP Jake Berry has written to LCC asking them to consider keeping the water supply connected so the fountain can be used for special events or in the summer.
He said: “I supported their campaign as I wanted to see the fountain restored to its former glory and I am delighted that it was saved from demolition.”
The Heritage Lottery Fund acknowledged the
It’s a fountain and we want it to work
fountain is of ‘great community interest in the town’ but said restoring the fountain was not included within the THI grant application.
●● Campaigners are fighting to restore Bacup’s Coronation fountain