PEOPLE in Barnoldswick and Earby are being urged to get involved in the putting together of the towns' first ever masterplans.

The long term project will, says Pendle Council, guide regeneration in the area over the next 10 to 15 years.

The first ever plans of their kind are being prepared to create a vision for the towns, and also Colne, and people are being encouraged to get involved to ensure they benefit the whole community.

Councillor Nadeem Ahmed, council leader, which is putting together the plans, said: “Colne, Barnoldswick and Earby have not had masterplans before so this is a unique opportunity to set out the vision for their future.

“They will focus on employment opportunities, the retail offer, leisure opportunities, and housing, healthcare and community facilities.”

The council says having a masterplan means that each town has a clear set of priorities. It also means that it is quicker and easier to access funding when it becomes available in the future.

During the process, OPEN - the design team employed by the council, will look at how people travel around the towns and the wider area, how the towns feel for those walking around them and what would create a stronger economy.

It will also explore what would be a good mix of facilities for both those who live in the area, and for visitors.

Alongside this, the team will look at what measures can be taken to address climate change and protect the natural environment.

Cllr Ahmed added: “By having plans that clearly set out priorities for the towns, it will be easier and quicker to access funding when it becomes available in the future.

“I would urge you to get involved and have your say during the process so that each of the towns can be improved in a way which benefits all members of the community.

“The design team will explore different options for each of the towns, shaped by data and your ideas.

“Following this, they will recommend an option for each town that will best transform the town centre offer.”

The first drop-in sessions are taking place next week and more are planned in the coming months for those who want to get involved in person.

There will be sessions at Earby Community Centre on Thursday, October 20 from 10am to 12.30pm and at Barnoldwick Town Square also on October 20 from 2pm to 4pm.

People can also find out more and have their say by visiting Pendle Borough Council’s website