Monthly Archives: December 2016

Work to Continue on New Cycle Routes in East Lancashire

Published on December 29, 2016 at 10:36 am

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.

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Pensioner Fair Success

Published on December 23, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Rossendale Council attended the Pensioners Fair in November and was able to provide help and assistance to those who came, including one lady in particular.

When we attended the Pensioners Fair at Whitworth Civic Hall in November, one resident visited our stand enquiring if she could claim any help towards her rent.

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Good Luck PCSO Chris Hamer

Published on December 23, 2016 at 9:58 am

Local PCSO up for Police Twitter Award.

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.

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Dumped Waste – Owner Fined in Court

Published on December 23, 2016 at 9:48 am

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.

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Council Announcement on STAR and Domestic Abuse Support in Rossendale

Published on December 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm

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.

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Lancashire County Council Adoption Event

Published on December 22, 2016 at 2:10 pm

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.

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Do You Care About Lancashire’s policing?

Published on December 21, 2016 at 2:34 pm

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.

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Rossendale Borough Council Christmas and New Year Opening Information

Published on December 19, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Please note that the Council will be open over the Christmas and New Year period, apart from the Bank Holidays (Dec 26th, 27th and Jan 2nd).

The Council’s One Stop Shop and Futures Park offices will be closing at 4pm on Friday December 23rd and 30th.

Our waste collections will be operating as normal over this period.

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VIC Shortlisted for Prestigious Award

Published on December 19, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Veterans In Communities, based in Haslingden, are in the running for national award as they have been shortlisted for a prestigious national Soldiering On Award.

Chief Executive Liz Hamilton said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to be selected as finalists for  these prestigious awards. As a small local charity we never thought we would get this far.

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Balladen Winners for Fallbarn Park Signs

Published on December 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Fantastic new signs for Fallbarn Park!

The new junior play area at Fallbarn which was launched in October this year has just been made more welcoming by new signage designed by pupils at Balladen Community Primary School.

Pupils from years 2, 3, 5 and 6 all provided designs for the signs and the winners were chosen by members of the Friends of Fallbarn Park and staff from Proffitts – Investing in Communities.

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Funding Available from Lancashire Business Growth Fund

Published on December 19, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Hurry though, time runs out March 2017.

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.

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Christmas in Rossendale

Published on December 16, 2016 at 4:52 pm

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.

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Planning Validation Checklist

Published on December 16, 2016 at 4:15 pm

The Council has now published it’s up to date Validation Criteria checklist in respect of applications submitted to the Local Planning Authority.

The document can be viewed at http://www.rossendale.gov.uk/downloads/download/318/validation_of_planning_and_other_applications_policy.

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.

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Council Teams Join Forces to Improve Living Standards

Published on December 12, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Rossendale Council’s Environmental Heath Team are working together with the Housing Options Team to improve the living standards in private rented property.

The Council’s Environmental Health Team have recently started inspecting property prior to a bond being given.

The result of this joint work has been improvements to the property whilst its unoccupied, to make it safer for future tenants.

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Rossendale Council Grants 2017/18 and 2018/19 Application Process Opens

Published on December 9, 2016 at 2:10 pm

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. 

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Consultation Open on New Public Realm Proposals

Published on December 8, 2016 at 11:04 am

Consultation on the new proposals for the public realm part of the Bacup THI Project is open till January 2nd 2017.

The new proposals, following previous consultation comments, can be viewed here and in the Bacup library.

Comments can be submitted via the THI website, emailing thi@rossendalebc.gov.uk or writing to Bacup THI Project, Rossendale Borough Council, The Business Centre, Bacup, OL13 0BB.

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Interpreting Acre Village Exhibition

Published on December 6, 2016 at 3:27 pm

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.

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Rossendale Town Centre, Retail, Leisure and Tourism Study

Published on December 6, 2016 at 2:29 pm

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. 

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Council Shows Its Support for White Ribbon Campaign

Published on December 5, 2016 at 5:14 pm

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.

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Residents Interested in Bacup THI Open Day

Published on December 5, 2016 at 4:48 pm

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.

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Rossendale’s Tom is a Nominee for Young Sports Personality of the Year

Published on December 2, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Double Silver Winning Tom is hoping to make it into the final three of the prestigious BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Everyone in Rossendale will be aware that Tom Hamer, from Rawtenstall, won two silver medals in two separate events at the Rio Paralympics and set two British records in the process.

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