IDEAS on how Barrow’s town centre could be transformed for the future are being sought as part of a new consultation launched this week.

Residents and those who work for businesses across the borough are invited to take part by putting forward their vision for a reinvented town centre.

Barrow has been shortlisted as one of 100 towns in the running to receive a share of the £3.6bn Towns Fund initiative, set up to help communities reinvigorate their towns and transform prospects for economic growth. It also has the opportunity to bid for funding available through the Future High Street Fund as well as the Heritage Action Zone.

Councillor Ann Thomson, Barrow Borough Council leader, said: “There is a lot happening in Barrow at the moment as we look to ensure the town centre has a healthy and thriving future.

“It’s really important that the people who live and work here are part of this emerging and exciting conversation by sharing their ideas and telling us what is important to them.

“We want to make sure Barrow is in a strong position as we bid for vital funding from the government to transform our ideas into reality, making our town an attractive place to live and work.

“Making sure we have the backing of the community as we move towards this vision is crucial, which is why we want to hear as many views and ideas as possible over the next three weeks.”

The consultation invites people to have their say on the future of the town centre using an online form via Barrow Borough Council’s website. Alternatively, a drop in session will be held at the Portland Walk entrance to Barrow Market on Saturday, January 18.