£30,000 project to start on patch

Transformation: Suzanne Simpson and Coun Mike Otter on the corner of Mill Street and Stanifield Lane where a project to commemorate the cotton famine will start
Transformation: Suzanne Simpson and Coun Mike Otter on the corner of Mill Street and Stanifield Lane where a project to commemorate the cotton famine will start
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Work is due to start on a £30,000 project to regenerate an area of Farington.

A 14ft ‘shuttle’, like those used in the cotton mills, will be built at the corner of Mill Street and Stanifield Lane.

A group of residents, supported by Farington Parish Council, South Ribble Council and Lancashire County Council, have put forward the plans, which will also include new planting, heritage trail, and seats in the shape of cotton reals.

The project coincides with the 150th anniversary of the end of the cotton famine, which saw everyone employed at the Bashall and Boardman’s spinning and weaving mill, at the bottom of Mill Street, without work or income for almost two years.

County councillor Mike Otter, who also represents Farington East at South Ribble Council, said: “This project will change that area completely.

“We’re at the planning stage and we’ve got the designs and the costings, and we’re now looking for funding to take it forward.

“This will be entirely grant and donation funded. We’re trying to bring history to life.”

Pupils from Farington Primary School have been pitching in their ideas, tieing in with projects in the school about the history of Farington and in particular the work in mills.

Work is due to start on the scheme in February and should be completed by the end of September.

While work is ongoing, pictures made by pupils from the school will hang on railings at the site.

Resident and local historian Joan Langford said: “This is a really exciting time for everyone. The plans look fantastic and we can’t wait to see what it will eventually be like.”

The patch of land currently has a cherry tree in the middle. This will be removed and replaced by a silver birch tree and a rock and flower area.

A wall and an arch feature adjoining the site will be repaired, and feature paving will be laid down. There will also be a bench, a bin, and planters.

Work on the extensive scheme will begin on Saturday, February 11 with a community litter pick.

All are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult, and all equipment will be provided.

People are asked to meet at the top of Mill Street and Stanifield Lane for the event, which will run from 10am to 12noon.

Contact South Ribble Council in 01772 625377.