Monthly Archives: March 2016

Council Tax Bills

Published on March 30, 2016 at 5:03 pm

We have been notified that a small number of customers have not yet received their Council Tax bill for 2016/17. All the bills were issued between 8th and 10th March this year.

We are working with our partners at Capita and the Royal Mail on this.

If you have not had your bill yet, please contact us on 01706 217777 or email counciltax@rossendalebc.gov.uk and we will issue a duplicate bill.

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Can You Be A British Cycling Ride Leader?

Published on March 29, 2016 at 3:42 pm

British Cycling’s free course helps you get the most out of Ride Social in Blackburn and East Lancashire. 

British Cycling is on the hunt for new Ride Leaders to help inspire more people to get on their bikes and start cycling for fun. If you love cycling and want to support others to get riding, why not become one of our volunteers and organise group bike rides in Rossendale, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle or Ribble Valley.

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New Hall Hey Progress Delights RTB Board

Published on March 23, 2016 at 4:52 pm

Members of the Rossendale Together Barnfield Partnership Board visited the New Hall Hey Retail Development to see how the new TK Maxx and M+S Foodhall stores were progressing.

The RTB Partnership sees Rossendale Council, Together Housing Group and Barnfield Construction working together and pooling resources to create a more prosperous borough.

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Haslingden Deep Clean About to Start

Published on March 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Work to undertake a deep clean of streets in Haslingden is due to start on Tuesday 22nd March and last for 12 days; it will be undertaken by Rossendale firm Gumblasters.

The work has come out of the £100k Rossendale Council allocated to the Haslingden Task Force, who have set out their key priorities and regeneration plans for Haslingden Town Centre.

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Bacup THI Presentation at Bacup Easter Festival

Published on March 21, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Board members and Project Officers from the Bacup Townscape heritage Initiative (THI) will be in attendance at the Bacup Easter Festival on Saturday March 26th 10am till 3pm to present information on the scheme so far.

The team will be on Bacup Market with an information stall where people will be able to ask question about the work taking place in Bacup, the importance of heritage in Bacup and ways to get involved.

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Overview and Scrutiny Would Like Your Help

Published on March 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm

OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY WOULD LIKE YOU TO HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR WORK PROGRAMME FOR 2016/17

Each year it is the responsibility of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to select topics for inclusion and consideration in the annual work programme. Deciding the topics for the year is a key aspect of the overview and scrutiny process.

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Improvements to Waterfoot Centre

Published on March 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Rossendale Council unveils proposed plans for improvements to Waterfoot Centre.

Following the building of the new residential development, Whitwell Court, Rossendale Council has made funding available to improve the adjacent public space and car park area.

A public consultation exercise was undertaken in 2015 to find out how local residents would like the area to be improved and what features they would like incorporating into the plans.  

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Bacup Easter Festival Being Held on Saturday 26th March

Published on March 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Bacup will be in festive mood on Easter Saturday when the famous Britannia Coconut Dancers perform their annual Boundary to Boundary Dance but there’s lots more going on besides.

There will be extra stalls on Bacup Market selling local products and gifts, plus retro vintage stalls.  There will be face painting and balloon modelling from Trinity Baptist Church and Lancashire Wildlife Trust will be there with their nature table, quiz and colouring activity.

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Statement regarding Shawforth Moorland

Published on March 18, 2016 at 4:31 pm

Rossendale Council is carefully monitoring the situation. We have carried out several tests at the site. The tests showed levels significantly lower than ones that would constitute a public health risk. We have now taken further samples on March 16 and are awaiting the results.

We fully understand public concerns over this issue but we have to fully assess the situation before deciding what to do further.

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Major campaign launched to encourage voters in England to register ahead of elections in May

Published on March 18, 2016 at 1:35 pm

As a major national advertising campaign is launched across England to encourage voter registration ahead of Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and local elections, Rossendale Council is encouraging local people to visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register to vote.

On Thursday 5 May voters in the borough will go to the polls to elect Rossendale Councillors and a Police and Crime Commissioner.

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New funding agreed for Haslingden Pool

Published on March 17, 2016 at 11:45 am

Rossendale Borough Council is further supporting the aims of Haslingden Baths Community Interest Company (CIC) as they work on renovating Haslingden Swimming Pool.

In additional to the £25k grant and £25k loan the Council gave the group in 2015 to support improvements to the building, a further £100k will be given to the group to support the renovation work.

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New outdoor gym installed

Published on March 15, 2016 at 12:22 pm

A new, free outdoor gym is being installed in Victoria Park in Haslingden.

The gym, which will be located at the end of the path by the main entrance, will feature 6 pieces of equipment designed to exercise different parts of the body to provide a full workout.  A board with full instructions will also be installed. 

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Council Makes Move to Secure ICT Resilience

Published on March 11, 2016 at 8:40 am

Rossendale Borough Council has increased its resilience by amending its Disaster Recovery contract and moving its Data Centre to Wakefield and Derby to a purpose built facility. The new sites are open 24 hours a day and are equipped with the latest technology with full power generation on site.

This move has been in the Council’s plans for a long time and has taken a robust plan to execute it, with no impact to residents and services during the move.

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Rossendale Borough Council Adopts New Conservation Strategy

Published on March 10, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has adopted a new Conservation Strategy for 2016-2021.

The Conservation Strategy shows the Council’s commitment to heritage and celebrates the Valley’s rich architectural history.

The strategy will provide the Council with a new strategic approach to conservation, accompanied by the Conservation Officer post we have in the Council.

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Council Wins Brownfield Register Funding

Published on March 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

Rossendale Borough Council has successfully bid for £10,000 to pilot a Brownfield Register under the Brownfield Register Pilots Fund.

The Council was one of the 36 successful bids (also including Pendle and Hyndburn Council’s) covering 58 authorities. The pilot has 4 key stages which aims to see Local Authorities share best practice.

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Fearns Moss Road Closure

Published on March 9, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Lancashire County Council’s Highways Department has closed Fearns Moss Road, Stacksteads, Bacup. Heavy rain has added to water built up from a blocked culvert. Under an emergency procedure order the road is now closed  with a diversion in place and the road will only re-open once the remedial works have been carried out to resolve the problem.

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Residents Get Cleaning for Queen

Published on March 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Volunteers across the Valley came out on Saturday to help clean up the town centres and nearby streets as part of the national Clean for The Queen campaign.

The Haslingden clean up was jointly organised by local community group Love Haslingden, and Rossendale Borough Council. 25 bags of litter and rubbish were collected on Saturday and local Girl Guides group 1st Haslingden collected a further 8 bags on Sunday around Snig Hole Park in Helmshore.

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Weather Disruption

Published on March 4, 2016 at 8:28 am

With regret it has been decided to suspend the kerbside waste collection and recycling service for today, Friday March 4th 2016.

Although the major road routes are passable with care, the side-streets and footpaths are still covered in snow and are not safe for the kerbside collection operation.

The collection workforce have agreed to work on Monday (March 8th) to pull-back the work missed today.

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Flood Resilience Grants Reminder

Published on March 3, 2016 at 5:17 pm

People affected by December’s floods are being urged to take advantage of a Government scheme to help householders and businesses make their properties more resistant to future floods.

Under the scheme, householders and businesses affected by Storms Desmond and Eva can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to help make their homes more resilient to flooding in the future.

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Council backs #regafriend Campaign

Published on March 3, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Rossendale Council is backing the Electoral Commission and National Union of Students’ joint campaign to get more students and young people registered to vote ahead of the local and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May.

Called #RegAFriend (‘Register a Friend’), the campaign urges students and young people who have already registered to vote to encourage their non-registered friends and family to now do the same, by sharing messages and photos on social media.

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Valley Jobs Fair

Published on March 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

The ever popular Jobs Fair is back in Bacup this Thursday, 3rd March, at Central Methodist and Christ Church 10am till 2pm.

Some of the Valley’s employers will be there with opportunities.

The Council will be there detailing roles they offer and Officers from the Bacup THI Project will be there detailing training opportunities available to local people.

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