Foun­tain light­ing plans are ap­proved - but the wa­ter will stay off

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page - STE­FAN JAJECZNYK ste­[email protected]­ @FreeP­ress­News

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

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