Monthly Archives: July 2016

Healey Dell Tree Fall

Published on July 28, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Rossendale Council has taken swift action to make safe a footpath at Healey Dell Nature Reserve following a substantial tree collapse.

As the pictures show the tree limb was substantial in size and had fallen into a dangerous position on the footpath at Station Road.

Arborist’s for the Parks and Open Space Team at the Council worked all day on Wednesday July 27th to log and chip the large broken tree limb to clear the footpath and make the area safe for those enjoying the reserve.

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Community Column: Britain in Bloom Judging

Published on July 28, 2016 at 3:34 pm

If you were in Rawtenstall last Thursday morning (July 21st) you may have seen a group of individuals in Civic Pride hi-vis jackets walking around admiring the gardens. Judgement Day 21.7.'16-7-EditWhat was remarkable was that they weren’t weeding, planting, digging, pruning, sweeping up or picking litter which is what they’ve been doing day after day, in all weathers for many weeks during the lead up to Britain in Bloom!

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Council Publishes Air Quality Status Report

Published on July 27, 2016 at 3:14 pm

Rossendale have completed their Air Quality Status review which reports air quality within the borough.  A brief summary of the report is below, if you wish to know more the full report can be found at Air Quality Status Report 2016

Summary

Air quality is one of the few things which affects all living things and it is essential that we have standards of air quality which support the wellbeing of all residents in the Rossendale Valley.

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Temporary Absence from Great Britain and Housing Benefits

Published on July 26, 2016 at 4:37 pm

From 28th July new rules come into force which limit how long housing benefit can be paid to claimants who are temporarily absent from Great Britain.

A change to the Law means that Housing Benefit and Pension Credit cannot be claimed if a customer leaves Great Britain for more than 4 weeks.

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School’s Out For Summer Fun

Published on July 26, 2016 at 3:14 pm

With the school holidays in full swing, Rossendale Borough Coucil would like to remind parents, guardians and carers of the exciting Summer Fun activities that are taking place up and down the Valley over the summer holiday period.

Each year, Rossendale Council, as part of its role in the Children’s Trust, compiles a list of summer events for the Summer Fun brochure.

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Rossendale Council and Tor View School Success in Roundabout Refurbishment

Published on July 25, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Rossendale Council has supported Tor View School to refurbish the artwork on one of the main gateway sites to Rossendale.

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The ‘Workers’ Statues on the roundabout near Tesco Haslingden were placed there ten years ago after Tor View School won a competition to design a piece of artwork for the roundabout.

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Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Delight Crowds in Haslingden

Published on July 22, 2016 at 5:02 pm

Thousands of people lined the streets of Haslingden on Thursday July 21st to welcome the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment as they took part in a Freedom Parade to mark their Freedom of the Borough.

The Regiment were first granted the Freedom of Haslingden in 1964, this was then extended to Rossendale when we last had a parade in the Borough in June 2002, in Rawtenstall.

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Annual Electoral Household Enquiry Forms

Published on July 21, 2016 at 9:43 am

Annual electoral household enquiry forms are being delivered to all properties in Rossendale up to the end of July.

The forms are to check who is registered to vote so please let us know if the details are correct or if you have any changes to make.

Please respond as soon as possible to help us save money in printing and sending out reminder forms.

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Appointments Made to Shadow Combined Authority

Published on July 21, 2016 at 8:26 am

Key appointments to lead the county towards the creation of a Combined Authority have now been made.

Local councils in Lancashire submitted their bid to become a Combined Authority to the Government in June and a shadow Combined Authority has now been formed.

The chair will be Cllr Simon Blackburn, Leader of Blackpool Council, and the vice chair will be Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council.

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Clock Strikes for Bacup THI Project Success

Published on July 19, 2016 at 3:23 pm

Rossendale Borough Council is pleased to announce that The Bacup THI Project has successfully completed the impressive restoration work to the Pioneer Building Clock Tower.

When the scaffolding came down on Pioneer Building it revealed the completion of the most technically challenging aspect of the improvement works to Pioneer Buildings the restoration and structural repair of the clock tower.

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Spinning Point Gets Funding Seal

Published on July 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Plans for Rawtenstall’s new £5.4million Spinning Point masterplan have gone into top gear as funding was approved.

The Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Board and Lancashire County Council (LCC) have now both formally approved the Rossendale Together Barnfield Partnership’s £1.9million bid to the Local Growth Fund and the £3.5million Lancashire County Council funding.

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Ensuring Homes are Correctly Categorised for Council Tax Purposes

Published on July 19, 2016 at 9:54 am

The Council is about to begin its annual initiative to check that all properties currently classified as empty or unoccupied have been correctly categorised. This will include a review of current new builds which are close to completion. There are various classes of empty property which can attract discounts or exemptions and the Council runs a yearly exercise to ensure records are up to date.

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Shush and Listen – Pendle, Burnley, Craven and Rossendale Samaritans Would Like a Word

Published on July 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Suicide prevention charity challenges people to become better listeners.

This July, Samaritans across Pendle, Burnley, Craven & Rossendale are telling people to SHUSH! and listen.

As part of their month-long annual awareness-raising campaign, Talk to Us, Samaritans are on a mission to improve the UK’s listening skills with SHUSH! listening tips that it claims are ‘relationship transforming’.

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Consultation on Policies and Procedures in Relation to Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles, Drivers and Operators

Published on July 14, 2016 at 3:21 pm

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The Council is in the process of reviewing its policies and procedures in relation to the licensing of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles, drivers and operators.

The Council recognises the need for safe, healthy, convenient, effective and sustainable hackney carriage and private hire services for the travelling public and how they make an important contribution to the local economy and good of the Borough.

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Pilot Brownfield Register for Rossendale

Published on July 14, 2016 at 8:34 am

Rossendale Borough Council, together with Hyndburn and Pendle Councils, submitted a joint bid to the Government in February 2016 to become a pilot authority to prepare a Brownfield Register. The bid was successful and each authority has compiled a list of sites to be included in its own Brownfield Register.

What is the pilot Brownfield Register project?

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Environmental Health – Odour from HGV’s

Published on July 14, 2016 at 8:13 am

We have been receiving and increased number of complaints regarding odours from HGV’s travelling through the Valley.

These vehicles are carrying material from a commercial composting company in Calderdale. The material is classed as a type of compost and is used by farmers to improve their land. The material is produced under a  Permit from the Environment Agency, the only control on vehicles leaving the site is that they must be covered up before they leave site.

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Freedom Parade Comes to Haslingden

Published on July 12, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Rossendale Borough Council is delighted to officially announce that the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will be parading through Haslingden next week for the Freedom of Rossendale celebrations.

The Freedom Parade will be taking place in Haslingden on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 to mark the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Freedom of the Borough of Rossendale.

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The Boo’s Puppet Festival Returns With Bumper Line Up

Published on July 12, 2016 at 5:29 pm

The Horse and Bamboo host their annual puppet festival from Thursday to Sunday this week (14th -17th July 2016).

The Puppet Festival is the showcase event for the internationally known “Boo” in Waterfoot and features shows for adults and children alike.

The 4 day event is packed full of wonderful events, there really is something for everyone, some of them are even free.

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Stone Theft at Whitworth Memorial Gardens

Published on July 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Rossendale Borough Council and the Police are appealing for information after stone was pinched from Whitworth Memorial Gardens on Sunday 3rd of July 2016.

Around 45 stones were taken by thieves from the gardens and the Council is now having to look at replacing the costly stone.

Rossendale Council’s Head of Operations, Paul McHenry, said;

This is a terrible crime, not only has it left the area looking a mess for the community it is also costly to replace such stone from the public purse.”

Theft of stone is a serious crime and this incident is being treated as such.

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Heritage Experts Visit the Bacup THI

Published on July 11, 2016 at 2:52 pm

On Friday 8th July (2016) the Association of Preservation Trust visited Rossendale for a tour of heritage sites in the areas. Most notably they met with the THI Project Manager Steven Lever and Project Architect Vic Fletcher, from Equilibrium Architects, who gave a tour of the Bacup THI Project to a group of nearly 50 heritage experts and enthusiasts from the Heritage Trust North West.

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Free Central Heating for Lancashire Residents

Published on July 11, 2016 at 10:41 am

Lancashire residents are being encouraged to winter-proof their homes before the cold kicks in.

Homeowners and tenants across the county are now able to apply into a new fund to provide first time central heating systems to properties across the county.

The £2.25m pot is expected to supply and fit 900 new central heating systems before the start of the autumn, with “fuel poor” residents living in all areas of the red rose county eligible to apply.

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Police and Crime Panel for Lancashire Independent Member Vacancy

Published on July 8, 2016 at 5:06 pm

The police and crime panel is looking for a committed and energetic person who either lives or works within the Lancashire area to serve as a co-opted independent member from late summer 2016 for a four-year term.

You can download the application form and job information here. The closing date for applications is Friday, 29th July 2016.

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Rossendale is Awarded a Double Dose of Spirit

Published on July 7, 2016 at 2:08 pm

After a month of voting, it has now been confirmed that HAPPI and Darren Horsnell are winners of the regional award for Britain Has Spirit! 

HAPPI have been awarded up to £1,000 pounds worth of food and party goods towards a fantastic street party to celebrate with our community. 

Darren Horsnell from Veterans In Communities won in the individuals category and wins an experience day.

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Bacup THI Guided Walk: “Water, Water everywhere, but not a Drop to Drink”

Published on July 6, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Bacup’s economic and social history has been shaped by the influence of water: either too much or too little! Floods were frequent: drinking water scarce: by 1848 the town was a mess. How did this come about, and what were the results of sorting it out?

Join us on this free guided walk to learn more about this fascinating and sometimes scary story of Bacaup’s hidden past.

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Rossendale Residents and Businesses Benefit from Flood Grant Funds

Published on July 5, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Since the terrible flooding that hit Rossendale on Boxing Day 2015 residents and businesses have benefited from thousands of pounds worth of grant funding, council tax or business rate relief.

The Council has given 356 £500 grants to those affected, totalling £178k.

13 Rossendale businesses have benefited from a total of £52,200 Business Rate (NNDR) relief.

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Rossendale Ranked as a Social Mobility Hotspot

Published on July 1, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Rossendale has been ranked in the national top 20% of socially mobile places to grow up and live, coming 57th out of all 324 local authority areas.

Rossendale was one of only five North West Council in the top 20%, with four of the five North West Council’s coming from Lancashire (Trafford, Fylde, Ribble Valley, Rossendale and Wyre).

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Councillors in Cancer Research Relay for Life

Published on July 1, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Since 2009 some Rossendale Councillors have been completing the 24hr relay around Marl Pits raising money for Cancer Research UK.

This year the team of 12 Rossendale Councillors, captained by Cllr Colin Crawforth, completed the relay in unusually good weather and raised almost £1000 at the last count, for the charity (It has been known to rain continuously for the 24hrs on more than one occasion!).

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