AN MP has called for the redevelopment of a popular canalside.

Plans have been in the pipeline for several years to transform a largely derelict site on the banks of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, known as the Clayton Triangle around Clayton-le-Moors.

The multi-million pound scheme, a large joint venture including Hyndburn Council and Canal & River Trust could have seen new housing but despite proposals being approved by planners, they have never materialised.

Now Hyndburn’s MP Graham Jones wants development at the Clayton Triangle to get underway as well as to the wider Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Mr Jones said: “I would like to see development such as housing on the Clayton Triangle.

“I also want to see wider improvements to the Leeds Liverpool canal especially at Church.

“The Sea Cadets are in discussions to purchase the canalside building at Clayton Wharf which they’re currently renting .

“I would also like to see old factories on the canalside demolished and the footpath improved and there are overgrown areas that need cutting.”

Mr Jones said he felt that Hyndburn had been left out in comparison to Burnley’s historic Weavers’ Triangle, with work on apartments overlooking the Leeds Liverpool Canal starting.

He said he will work with the Canal & River Trust and Hyndburn Council to help improve the canal.

He added: “I do feel we’ve been left out and the canal is popular and well-used and I want to see it improved for everyone to enjoy.”

Hyndburn Council leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, said there weren’t any plans for the canal currently.

He said: “The council aren’t in any discussions at this time but we’d work with any investor interested in developing the canalside or any brownfield site.”