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Change comes to Burnley’s industrial heritage ward
8:00pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
STANDING on the hill leading down into Burnley town centre is the ward of Trinity.
The ward encompasses residential neighbourhoods, part of Burnley town centre and the historic Weavers’ Triangle, which contains the old and disused mills at the heart of the town’s industrial past.
There are two main shopping areas, one in Accrington Road and the other on Coal Clough Lane which both have a variety of local traders including a post office, florist, a spa shop, a bakery and other businesses.
Trinity also has a number of community groups, a primary school and a special school, the Isaac Centre, three churches and a children’s play area.
Coun Howard Baker, who represents the ward, said: “Trinity is a very friendly, caring ward, with great community spirit.
“Around Coal Clough Lane and Accrington Road they have their own small communities. The Coal Clough Lane area holds a community bonfire once a year and at Christmas there’s a festive market.”
Trinity has undergone substantial regeneration in the past decade, with new housing replacing cleared sites to the edge of the ward.
The Weaver’s Triangle area is currently undergoing a multi-million pound regeneration called ‘On the Banks’, to transform the area which had fallen into a semi-derelict state.
The first part of the project has seen the former Victoria Mill transformed into East Lancashire’s first university technical college, which specialises in construction and engineering.
The second phase of the work started in July on Slater Terrace, which is being earmarked for office space and commercial use.
The back of Slater Terrace is to have a bridge which will go across the canal to a grassed area that is to be transformed into a square for people to sit and relax.
Meanwhile, Manchester Road train station is undergoing a multi-million pound transformation. The new station, with an iconic blue ‘V’ central to the design, is being constructed in the run-up to the re-opening of the Todmorden Curve next year, cutting journey times between Burnley and Manchester.
Coun Baker added: “Trinity ward has needed substantial investment to improve housing and the Weaver’s Triangle area.
“The University Technical College looks fantastic and is a great facility to have in Trinity. We are now looking forward to Slaters Terrace and Manchester Road train station being completed.
“It is rewarding to represent Trinity in this time of tremendous change. “Although progress has taken a long time, I think the future of Trinity ward is looking positive.”
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