Bacup targets internal shutter solutions to maintain heritage

Bacup Council is urging local business that its policy to maintain the town’s heritage will not undermine security, with work being done to look at all solutions.

The news has come amid some concerns that shop keepers are being prevented from using external shop security shutters. However, the council has stated that this is not the case, with businesses with existing roller shutters fitted entitled to carry on with their use.

The problems have arisen as the Lancashire town continues its policy to repair and restore its traditional architecture, preferring the use of internal security measures such as internal security shutters and mesh grilles.

The council’s licensing head, Tracy Brzozowski said:

“The council is working with businesses, residents groups and councillors to put together a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £2m scheme that would enable grants to be given to property owners in central Bacup to support reinstatement of historical architectural features and strengthen and rebuild that special character. Shop fronts will be a part of this.”

Many shopkeepers are worried about rising vandalism in the town though, and claim that only external roller shutters provide the answer. However, the ‘unauthorised’ use of them is presently resulting in fines being handed out.

Brzozowski is adamant that steps are being taken to resolve the issues. She said:

“The council is committed to working with local shop owners to seek out the best solutions for each area.”

With plans to relax regulations for the fitting of shop shutters recently shelved by the government, local traders will be hoping that such solutions will be quickly found.

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