Work will resume to create a major cycle route linking towns in East Lancashire following a consultation on what people would like to see from the routes being developed in Rossendale.
The East Lancashire Cycleway Network aims to transform cycling in the area, making it easier for people to use their bikes to access opportunities by improving links to workplaces, schools, shops and services.
PCSO Chris Hamer is well known on his twitter account, keep residents of Rossendale up to date with his rounds on the beat, crime information and general advice on how to protect your home from burglars.
And it’s not only people in Rossendale who appreciate his work…PCSO Hamer is a finalist in the Best Tweeting PCSO category at this years Police Twitter Awards.
Council wins court case over resident’s failure to prevent pests from dumped waste.
Miss Angel Robertson of Thorn Bank, Bacup, left settees and a fridge in the front garden, leading to complaints from neighbours at the environmental issues this was causing. The court ordered that she is to be fined £660 and ordered to pay £314.68 costs and £77.65 compensation in her absence.
Rossendale Council supports STAR via finance and business support to ensure a local provision remains in Rossendale.
Rossendale Council has today agreed to support local domestic abuse support provider The STAR Centre till March 31st 2017 following their unsuccessful bid for the pan-Lancashire contract under the Safe Together Consortium.
It was announced on Monday December 19th that the pan-Lancashire consortium, Safer Together, of which STAR was a member, were unsuccessful in their bid to be commissioned to run the victim support service.
Lancashire County Council is asking people to think about growing their family through adoption.
A special event will be held at County Hall to help people find out about adoption and the process involved. The information evening takes place on Tuesday 10th January for anyone who would like to find out more.
An opportunity is being offered to shape the future direction of policing in Lancashire.
The Police and Crime Panel, administered by Blackburn with Darwen Council on behalf of Lancashire, needs a new independent member. It was established to scrutinise and support the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
The important role is to assist the panel by providing independent challenge, making make sure that the views of the public are heard and also influencing policy decisions.
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and delivery partners Regenerate Pennine Lancashire and North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce have competitively secured £8 million from Round 6 of the Regional Growth Fund to stimulate enterprise across the County by providing grants and International Trade support to manufacturing businesses with the potential for economic growth.
Christmas in Rossendale is in full swing following light switch ons up and down the Valley.
Rawtenstall held their switch on event on Saturday November 26th with a vibrant and very busy town square Market. The town lights were switched on by Paralympic silver medallist Tom Hamer., to delight of the hundreds in the crowd.
This document updates and replaces the Council’s previous Validation Checklist (January 2011) and the Council’s Wind Energy Applications Supplementary Validation Policy (September 2012) and takes into account the provisions of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill and the Framework along with amendments to legislation.
Following Cabinet approval in November, Rossendale Borough Council has opened the application process for Rossendale Council Grants.
Cllr Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council said;
“We recognise that these are difficult times for many people and there are some key challenges for Rossendale residents. Although the Council still has to make savings, we have made £62,000 available each year for the next 2 years for the provision of targeted grants for services to support financial inclusion in Rossendale, and for small community grants through the Neighbourhood Forums.”
Financial exclusion refers to the difficulty that many people have in accessing welfare benefits or using mainstream financial services such as bank accounts, savings, loans, insurance and other products.
The Friends of Acre Village have been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery for their Interpreting Acre Project. The group is working with Proffitts, Lancashire County Council and Rossendale Borough Council with the aim of obtaining funding to preserve, restore and interpret the history of this interesting Victorian Village.
The Council has appointed White Young Green (WYG) to prepare a Town Centre, Retail, Leisure and Tourism Study.
As part of this study a telephone survey has been commissioned which will be asking questions about retail, leisure, town centre and tourism related issues within Rossendale. This will form part of the Evidence Base that will be used in preparing the Local Plan.
Management and Councillors from Rossendale Council today showed their support for the campaign again domestic violence.
Rossendale Council Management and Councillors were joined by the Mayor, Mayoress and Deputy Mayor of Rossendale today as they marked their internal day of supporting the White Ribbon Campaign and raising awareness of domestic violence.
The Council’s Open Day for this project proved to be an informative session for local residents about the scheme and its future plans.
The local Bacup community were invited to come down to Saturday’s Open Day on the THI Project, organised by Rossendale Council, so that they could find out more information on what has already been achieved by the project and to see what is to come in future phases.
Residents were invited to get involved, debate and help shape the future of health and social care in East Lancashire at a recent engagement event.
Around 40 residents gathered at Haslingden Community Link & Children’s Centre on the evening of Wednesday November 16, to give their views and ideas on what works well, what needs improving and how to face the challenges ahead.
The national awareness day will be supported by Rossendale Council with 5th December being Rossendale Council’s internal day of awareness.
White Ribbon is an international campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence. The United Nations has designated 25 November as International Day for the elimination of violence against women and girls.
Rawtenstall Christmas Market and Lights Switch On – Saturday 26 November.
There will be a magical Christmas Market on the Town Square in Rawtenstall on Saturday 26 November featuring over 50 stalls selling handmade artisan products, street food, farmers market produce, gifts and clothing. The market, which is open from 11am through to 8pm, is organised by Mark Smith, organiser of the Rawtenstall Farmers Market, Jane Boys, organiser of The Clog Market, and Danny Solazzo, owner of Artisan, supported by Rossendale Borough Council.
Civic Pride have collected another award this month, this time in the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Its Your Neighbourhood’ competition.
Civic Pride entered The Old Fold Garden (opposite Mr Fitzpatrick’s Temperance Bar) and won a Level 4 Award for Thriving, a mere one point off Outstanding!
RHS Judge Stephen Lowe said;
“It was great to see how this area had been transformed…from a foreboding, litter strewn, overgrown forgotten corner, into a superb blast of colour which will lit the spirits of all who sit and enjoy the results of their hard work.”
RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood is a grassroots community gardening campaign helping people to make lasting improvements to their local environment.
On Tuesday Novemeber15th Rossendale Council took part in the Local Government Association’s (LGA) “Tweetathon” for their #OurDay campaign and we wanted to share the content with all those not on twitter as well.
#OurDay is organised by the LGA to focus on what services Councils provide, and to give communities a flavour of a typical day at the Council.
The Rossendale Business Awards were a huge success this year, demonstrating the strong, expansive business offer the Valley is home to.
The event, run by Valley at Work, marked its 7th year this year, and each time it gets bigger and better. The selection of winners on the evening demonstrated the strength in tourism, creative business and enterprising people in Rossendale.
Due to condition weather conditions Farm collections for Friday 18th November 2016 have been delayed.
Every effort will be made to complete today’s other collections where access is possible and it is safe to do so, however current conditions may result in limited success in areas on a gradient or where vehicle manoeuvrability is limited.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Rossendale, Councillor Granville Morris and Mrs Susan Morris, visited Molly Barnes, Haslingden, this week to wish her a very Happy Birthday.
This year Molly is celebrating a very special birthday as she turned 100 years old on Wednesday 16th November, and her niece Pat Hutchinson arranged a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress as part of the celebrations.
Last night Rossendale Borough Councillors approved the recommended changes to the Council’s Taxi Licensing Policies following recent consultation.
The changes are being brought in by the Council in order to ensure we maintain the highest standards in public safety and to ensure that robust policies are in place providing transparent guidance to applicants, existing licence holders and all other stakeholders.
Civic Pride rally Rossendale into becmoing litter free.
Walk down Bacup Road in Rawtenstall early on Sunday morning and you’ll doubtless see plenty of fast food litter, cans, bottles and cigarette ends strewn across the pavements. Take Away corner is a reminder of what most of Rossendale used to look like before Civic Pride and other volunteers got to grips with the problem.
The Mayor of Rossendale is taking part in the Youth Enterprise Challenge and attended the opening event recently.
Six Rossendale schools will take part in the challenge, using their entrepreneurial skills to raise money for Rossendale Hospice. Each year 10 school team will be joined by a business mentor from various local businesses to help them with their project.
From collecting waste to environmental health checks, and community grants to planning approval, the hundreds of vital local services delivered by councils will be brought to life in 140 characters when staff from Rossendale Council take part in a tweetathon on Tuesday 15 November.
We will be among thousands nationwide to tweet using the hashtag #OurDay, to give residents an insight into the hundreds of jobs councils do every day.
On Thursday 10 November, Blackburn Cathedral, the Cathedral of Lancashire was a stunning venue for Marketing Lancashire’s annual Lancashire Tourism Awards, supported by host sponsors Blackburn with Darwen Council and headline sponsor University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Bill Turnbull was guest presenter, entertaining the audience and guiding the event masterfully through eighteen awards.
With this cold weather upon us, we thought it may be worth sharing this link to report faults to Lancashire County Council, the highways authority in Rossendale.
Lancashire County Council refill our grit bins, repair pot holes, fix broken street lights, unblock drains, grit our roads and many other functions all of which become more of an issue in the cold winter weather and calls are already increasing about these issues.
Rossendale Council has now had confirmation of the strike by the taxi trade, after circulating rumours that they intended to go on strike. They have notified us that the strike is a withdrawal of service and takes place with immediate effect on the morning of Wednesday 9th November 2016, however it is still unclear for how long the strike will last.
As winter sets in across the UK, the Met Office, the UK’s national weather service, is urging the UK public to prepare themselves for the winter ahead. The Get Ready for Winter campaign aims to help raise awareness of the dangers posed by winter weather
and provide tips and advice on how to minimise its impact.
Inspiring children and young people from Lancashire can now be nominated to receive a recognition award as part of Lancashire Children and Young People’s PROUD Awards.
The awards recognise the successes and contributions made by looked after children and young people, or those who have previously been looked after. A child is ‘looked after’ if they are in the care of the local authority for more than 24 hours.
2016 is Water Band’s 150th year. To celebrate we’re having ‘A Bit Of A Do’ at the bandroom on Saturday 12th November between 3pm and 7.30pm and we would like to invite you along to help us mark this momentous occasion.
We are inviting past players and social members of the band, relatives of current and past players, friends and neighbours of the band, organisers who have booked the band this year, and anyone with an interest in Water Band and its aims.
The Government has made money available to local authorities wishing to try new ways of improving the health and wellbeing of their local communities. Rossendale was successful in securing funding to run a pilot project.
In Rossendale we are focussing on the issue of social isolation and loneliness – looking at reaching more people, understanding their individual circumstances and supporting them into services and activities in the community.
On Friday 28th October at the Britain in Bloom Award Ceremony , Civic Pride were finally made aware of how much the Royal Horticultural Society were prepared to recognise the dedication, inspiration and sheer hard graft shown by all their hardworking volunteers and supporters.
Eight members of Civic Pride travelled to Southport to learn their fate and this is how their day went…
After coffee we took our places at the lunch table whilst winners of specific competitions were announced – including Best Newcomer, Civic Pride Rawtenstall!
Double Paralympic silver medallist Tom Hamer was the special guest at Rossendale Leisure Trust’s ‘Celebration of sport’ event at the Riverside, Whitworth.
The event, which took place on Friday 21st October, was part of the Trusts annual acknowledgement of sport in the Valley.
The evening played host to a variety of achievers including teachers and children from Thorn primary school, Ski Rossendale, fundraisers for Rossendale Hospice Vikki Hardwick and Richard Watts, promising badminton player Akshay Narayan and Whitworth Water Ski Academy.
Three Rossendale projects are in with a chance of getting the finals of the Aviva Community Fund.
The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance for local community projects to win funding for their community project. It will finance over 800 projects across four different fund levels and six categories, spreading the awards to communities throughout the UK.
Thursday’s usual trading day on Rawtenstall Market was like no other…a hero was named live on ITV!
Jack Buckley was surprised by ITV’s Jake Quickenden at Rawtenstall Market has he was named a Kelly’s Hero live on the Lorraine Kelly Show.
Just over a year ago, Jack, a plumber from Rossendale, took the brave and risky decision to and be a live donor for close family friend Pat Foden-Purser who needed the life-saving liver surgery after being diagnosed with polycystic liver disease 14 years ago.
Rossendale Transport (Rosso) has taken delivery of six new 10.8m StreetLite buses, with improved fuel efficiency for their busy routes.
The StreetLites have recently entered service and are working on the busy 467 & 468 routes; Bury to Rochdale which also serve the important Fairfield Hospital site. This is the first time Rosso has ordered this type of single deck vehicle from Wrightbus and will be an improved asset to the fleet.
Rossendale will be playing host to various Remembrance services up and down the Valley.
The series of Remembrance events start with an uplifting concert organised by Rossendale Council at St Peter’s Church, Haslingden at 2pm on Sunday November 6th.
Everyone is welcome to this free concert will feature music from The Haslingden Concert Ban and The Veterans in Communities Singing Group and aims not only to Remember fallen heroes but to also raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Look closer and modern slavery could be happening right in front of you – that’s the message from Lancashire Constabulary as part of their week of action.
From Monday 17 to Friday 21 October 2016, officers will be out in force carrying out checks on premises such as nail bars, car washes, massage parlours and properties suspected of being used as brothels, in a bid to find any potential victims and to ensure that our communities have a better understanding of what modern slavery is.
Civic Pride have again been nominated for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service after missing out last year.
Civic Pride were nominated for this prestigious award last year in recognition of our achievements in helping to transform our valley for all to enjoy, residents and visitors alike. It was proposed by Cllr Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council and supported by Jake Berry MP.
Lancashire County Council has launched a campaign to help people be better prepared for possible flooding.
The campaign highlights the fact that flooding can happen almost anywhere, often without warning, during and after heavy rainfall – and that being prepared can significantly reduce its impact on people and property.
County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: “Over the last few years, we have seen the devastating impact of heavy rainfall in Lancashire where people have had to leave their homes and seen valuables destroyed by flood water.
The Friends of Acre Village are hosting two events in autumn to celebrate their ‘Interpreting Acre’ project. This project was funded by a Sharing Heritage grant of £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The first event is a ‘Beating the Bounds’ guided walk around the rediscovered historic boundary of Acre Village.
Following the work of Rossendale Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Task and Finish Group on the North West Ambulance service the Council is delighted to announce a new Community Specialist Paramedic role for Rossendale.
Richard Peters assumes the role as the new Community Specialist Paramedic (CSP) for the Rossendale area.
Richard joined the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust as a trainee technician in 1991 and qualified as a Paramedic in 1993.
Latest tourism data from Visit Lancashire shows Rossendale’s tourism offer is appealing to even more people and continuing its upward trend.
The latest data, for 2015, shows that Rossendale saw over 1.3million tourism visits to the area, increasing 2% on last year, outpacing average growth of 1.7% (64.38m visits) across Lancashire as a whole.
Double Paralympic silver medallist Tom Hamer has officially opened a new £30,000 climbing area in Rossendale.
After cutting the ribbon, the 18 year-old, who took home silver medals in the S14 200m freestyle and SM14 200m individual medley in Swimming at Rio, was the first visitor to scale the wall at Grip & Go in Haslingden on Saturday.
Hundreds of visitors descended on Blackburn Cathedral last week to celebrate the best of local health and social care.
The celebration of innovation event gathered together health and social care professionals, third sector organisations, service users and members of the public to highlight the work that has taken place over recent years, as well as offering a chance to hear about some exciting new developments.
Rossendale Council has today launched their resident survey to help set the council’s objectives and priorities for the next three years. We want to know what matters to you and your family where you live and how we can work together to shape public services in challenging times.
We want to hear from our residents and partners on what is important in making Rossendale a great place to live, what they think needs improving where they live, how the council and communities can work together to improve issues in areas as well as an service transformation ideas our residents might have.
Nest Lancashire, the support service for young victims of crime, bullying and harassment in Lancashire has launched its website on Friday 30 September. The website, which can be found at www.nestlancashire.org offers information and guidance to young people aged 10 to 18 who have been left hurt or upset following a crime or incident.
Rossendale residents and representatives of local community groups are invited to attend their local Neighbourhood Forum meeting to find out more about local services and activities and events in their area.
There are four Neighbourhood Forums in Rossendale covering the different areas and meetings are open to all local residents. The Neighbourhood Forums are informal community meetings to allow networking and information sharing and any agreed action points.
The latest round of the Rossendale Community Fund has been launched and local organisations are invited to apply for a grant from the Fund before the deadline of 14 October.
The Rossendale Community Fund was created by Rossendale Borough Council in partnership with the Community Foundation for Lancashire to offer grants to support projects that help families, children and young people in Rossendale engage in community activities and learning.
Blackburn Cathedral will swing to the sounds of samba at an upcoming event celebrating the best of health and social care in East Lancashire.
Suco Suco Samba – a drum and dance troupe for people in recovering from addiction formed by East Lancashire support group ‘Juice’ – will headline the celebration of good practice and innovation taking place on Thursday September 29, from 10-3pm.
Valley Heritage, working alongside Rossendale Borough Council, were once again able to open up Stubbylee Hall to the public this year. Over 75 people attended throughout the day and were able to explore the attics; cellars and other ‘secret’ places rarely open to the public.
Stephen Anderson, Chair of Valley Heritage said: “The Heritage Open Day was a great success and was very well attended by local people as well as drawing in visitors from the neighbouring boroughs of Burnley and Bury.
Tom Hamer, from Rawtenstall, will be Rossendale’s representative in the Rio Paralympics as he competes in the swimming pool.
Tom impressed the Para-Swimming world when he stormed to silver at the Commonwealth Games which was his international debut and he has since built on this performance to win medals at the European and World Championships
On his World Championship debut at Glasgow 2015 Hamer made an instant impact in the S14 classification securing himself a bronze medal in the 200m Freestyle and just missed out on the chance of another medal in the SM14 200m Individual Medley finishing fourth overall.
From the start of the new school year, the Rossendale Police Community Roadwatch team are going to continue operations outside several local schools where there have been problems over the last twelve months with motorists parking on the Zig Zag lines outside.
This action is causing a serious risk to children being dropped off and picked up by limiting visibility as they are crossing the road.
Following the success of the Heritage Open Day last year, Valley Heritage and Rossendale Borough Council are pleased to announce that Stubbylee Hall in Bacup will be open to the public again this year. This event will be Sunday 11th September between 11am and 2pm. Access to the Hall will be via guided tours of 15 people, available to book on the day.
Lancashire Tourism Awards are the biggest celebration of tourism excellence in Lancashire. Last year’s awards had a 4.3 million print media coverage circulation and a 19.6 million potential reach on social media. If you’re proud of what you do to contribute to Lancashire’s £3.7million visitor economy then this is your opportunity to shout about it.
Rossendale Council has paid tribute to a much loved colleague Andrew Duckworth who sadly died at the weekend.
Stuart Sugarman, Chief Executive of Rossendale Council, said:
“The thoughts and sympathies of everyone at Rossendale Council are with Andrew’s family. Andrew worked here for many years and had many friends. He will be very much missed by both his colleagues and the people he served.
The Mayor of Rossendale, Cllr Granville Morris, officially opened the new outdoor gym which has been installed in Victoria Park in Haslingden.
The gym features 6 pieces of state of the art equipment, designed to exercise different parts of the body to provide a full workout. It is located at the end of the path by the main entrance, overlooking the lower part of the park with fantastic views of the surrounding hills.
The first workshop at Bacup Cricket was very vibrant and successful, there being a good mixture of 38 creative people, young, and not as young, creating some beautiful lanterns for the Parade on the 29th October.
The next workshops will be as follows;
Fearns School Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th August – this has to be booked in advance and as it’s during Theatre Week it’s already booked up!
Rossendale Borough Council has commissioned Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners (NLP) to assess the quality and quantity of employment premises and land throughout the Valley. As part of this study we are asking businesses involved in manufacturing, industry, storage and distribution, throughout Rossendale to complete an online survey to tell us about existing premises and any plans they have in the future for expansion.
Rossendale won in both the group and individual North West rounds of the Britain Has Spirit Competition with Happi claiming the group winner’s prize and VIC’s Darren Horsnell claiming the individual winners prize.
With their prize from Britain Has Spirit, HAPPI are holding a Community Street Party to celebrate the 80th Birthday of the opening of Haslingden Baths from 2-4pm on Sunday 21st August 2016 in the playground of Haslingden Primary School.