An exciting week as we welcomed a visit from the North West Heritage Lottery Fund Committee. After a quick presentation about the background and progress of the project, the party of 22 including Chief Executive Ros Kerslake OBE ventured out on a tour of the Townscape Heritage Area. The rain poured down, but spirits weren’t dampened as our enthusiasm for the project quickly spread through the group.
The group were impressed by the transformational regeneration that has already taken place in Blackburn. Committee member Tiffany Hunt said, “I haven’t been to Blackburn for around 10 years and the place is unrecognisable. I’ll be telling my friends to come here.”
Even though work onsite isn’t visible yet, the Committee members could see the potential for the area and were pleased with the progress we have made engaging property owners, attracting investors and developing commercially viable plans ready to start onsite soon.
A trip to the Community Clothing project on Lord Street West provided a welcome shelter from the rain and an opportunity for some shopping.
We also popped into Prism Contemporary Art Galley to speak to David Baldwin from Blackburn College and view the amazing exhibition by recent Blackburn College BA Fine Art Graduate Sarah Earnshaw.
Sarah’s thread based work is part of the Super Slow Way Fabrications programme and the exhibition is open until this Saturday 12-4.45pm if you want to catch it.
We are always proud to show off Blackburn and our ambitions plans for the Townscape Heritage Area, but this visit presented a real opportunity to showcase the town and the many amazing projects in it to key decision makers. The role of the Committee is to recommend Regional funding priorities and make decisions on where to invest funds generated from the National Lottery so we are really pleased that they liked what they saw and enjoyed their day here in Blackburn.