Bury Council are currently working on plans to ensure Ramsbottom remains a popular spot for entertainment and events in the coming years.

A new Town Centre Plan proposes to reduce conflict between pedestrians and vehicles, improve links between attractions, solve parking issues and promote business growth.

Bury Council's Cabinet will meet on December 15 to approve a six-week consultation period on the plans, which will begin in January and include dedicated space to host events.

Cllr Eamonn O'Brien, council leader, said: “Ramsbottom has developed into an attractive visitor destination, supported by the East Lancashire Railway, a high-quality restaurant scene, a range of independent retailers, a popular annual events programme and a growing reputation as one of the best places to live in the region.

“However, it is not immune from the challenges that town centres across the country have faced, with the decline of the high street and the ravages of Covid.

“We need a plan which will enable the town centre to adapt to the changes so that Ramsbottom can continue to be an appealing place to visit and a great place to live and work.”

Plans to enhance the town centre for the local community will include maintaining a range of retail, social and greenspace amenities and ensuring quality workspace.

Support for the 'Visitor Economy' will come in the form of infrastructure capable of supporting large events and attractions such as the East Lancashire Railway, Nuttall Park and other small local businesses.

Arts, Culture and Heritage can be supported through better connection with the Irwell Sculpture Trail, reclamation of the river front and maintenance of the town's architectural character.

To achieve these aims, the council's proposals will focus on creating a new public square, encouragement of active travel by improving pedestrian cycle links, as well as a new 'Enterprise Centre' in the town.

The council also plans to improve short stay parking through a residents permit scheme and an edge of centre long-stay provision which can accommodate longer stay and events parking.