Yearly Archives: 2017

Blog: Convenience key on new website

Published on July 25, 2017 at 2:26 pm

Local residents will soon be able to access Rossendale Council’s new and improved website.

The new site, which will go live on Wednesday August 9, features a re-jigged layout – with an A-Z of services – that makes it quicker and easier for residents to access the information they need.

In the latest in a weekly series of blogs leading up to the launch Cllr Steve Hughes, Executive Member Champion for IT, discusses the new site’s additional and improved online forms.

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Council wins prestigious award

Published on July 24, 2017 at 10:52 am

Rossendale Council’s Planning Team has won a top regional award for its practice.

The team won the Best Practice Award at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) North West Regional Awards for Planning Excellence 2017 for its work on the new McDonalds at Rawtenstall.

A new award category was created for this scheme and the judges confirmed that the scheme was given special status because it demonstrated how a small local planning authority can achieve an excellent outcome in dealing with an application from a world famous company.

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Trio get ready for marathon bake-a-thon

Published on July 20, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Three friends have found the perfect recipe to raise money for charity, by staging a 24 hour bake-a-thon.

Abigail Wrench, Becca Astin and Kirsty Lauder are holding the marathon cake making session at Abigail’s Burnley home in aid of Pendleside, Hospice.

The group plan to stream the 24 hour bake-a-thon live on Youtube and are also inviting people to drop by for a cuppa and a cake in aid of the charity.

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Blog: Council worker who raised money for displaced families in Iraq

Published on July 19, 2017 at 11:05 am

Adrian Smith, a father-of-three from Bacup, ran a marathon in the heat of the Middle East in May to support families affected by war and persecution in the Middle East.

Adrian, 56, the principal planning officer for Rossendale Borough Council had previously visited Iraq and saw for himself the suffering faced by families following the invasion of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), which forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.

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Blog: Content key on new Council website

Published on July 18, 2017 at 9:41 am

Local residents will soon be able to access Rossendale Council’s new and improved website.

The new site, which will go live on Wednesday August 9, features a re-jigged layout – with an A-Z of services – that makes it quicker and easier for residents to access the information they need.

In the first of a weekly series of blogs leading up to the launch Cllr Steve Hughes, Executive Member Champion for IT, discusses the new site’s simplicity and customer friendly content.

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Council delighted at lottery windfall for heritage project

Published on July 17, 2017 at 10:55 am

Community Assets Standing Tall (CAST) has been awarded £49,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to undertake a two year listing project of Rossendale Heritage assets.

You can get more details here: http://www.communityasset.org/listing-project-press-release/

Councillor Annie McMahon, Design and Heritage Champion, said:

I am delighted to hear this news. CAST are a superb organisation and this is a very exciting piece of work.

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Dog show star attraction at Whitworth fun day

Published on July 14, 2017 at 10:02 am

There was a canine theme at Whitworth’s 8th annual family fun day.

The event, on Sunday July 9, saw residents enjoying a variety of entertainment, competitions and refreshments in the glorious sunshine.

Organised by the Whitworth Tourism and Leisure Committee volunteers, attractions on the Riverside car park included ten fun dog show categories with prizes for the scruffiest mutt, ‘waggiest tail’, best fancy dress, best biscuit catcher, best rescue dog and more.

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Council campaign invites acts of kindness

Published on July 13, 2017 at 8:56 am

Rossendale residents are being invited to perform ‘acts of kindness’ to help tackle loneliness and social isolation.

The Council is launching its Acts of Kindness campaign – through its Living Well, Living Better project – on Monday, July 24.

As part of the campaign, people are encouraged to perform one act of kindness in their local community that might help others feel less lonely or socially isolated, or just make someone’s day by offering to help in some way.

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New mountain bike event lined up for Rossendale

Published on July 12, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Hot on the heels of the Northern Grip festival another mountain biking event is set to hit Rossendale soon.

The Midweek MTB Madness 2017 Race 5 is set to take over Lee Quarry in Bacup on Thursday, July 20 promising some high octane thrills and spills in the heart of the borough.

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Council announces launch of new website

Published on July 11, 2017 at 9:40 am

Residents of Rossendale will soon be able to access the Council’s  new and improved website.

The new site, which will go live on Wednesday August 9, features a re-jigged layout – with an A-Z of services – that makes it quicker and easier for residents to access the information they need.

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Northern Grip hailed a success

Published on July 10, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Bacup hosted the Northern Grip over the weekend (July 7,8 and 9). Hundreds of people gathered for the festival.

Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio holder for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure, visited the festival and praised what he saw. He said:

“I was delighted to see the Northern Grip go so well. There was a buzz around Bacup and the organisers have put on a superb festival which had something for everyone not just serious mountain bikers.

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Statement on Scout Moor wind farm

Published on July 7, 2017 at 3:38 pm

A public inquiry was launched last year into local plans to expand the Scout Moor wind farm on land between Rossendale and Rochdale.

Rossendale Borough Council has now received word that the Secretary of State has overturned the Council’s decision to award planning permission for this project.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of Rossendale Borough Council, said:

We are extremely disappointed about this.

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Council leader welcomes injunction

Published on July 7, 2017 at 2:14 pm

Rossendale Council Leader, Alyson Barnes, has welcomed news that an injunction has been granted to halt work being carried out at Kippax Mill in Goodshawfold.

The move follows a recent Temporary Stop Notice being issued to the landowner, which he failed to observe.

The Council has now been granted an injunction preventing him, among other things, from changing the use of the land or carrying out further engineering operations to include excavation and the formation of any hard surface or track.

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Rossendale’s Packed Summer of Events

Published on July 7, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Rossendale is set to come alive with a fantastic series of events taking place this summer, from the Northern Grip biking festival to the Boo Puppet Festival, there’s something for everyone.

Highlights include the Northern Grip Mountain Bike Festival, which will kick-start the Summer of adrenaline with a two day festival starting today and running throughout the weekend.

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Warning to pet owners not to leave dogs in cars

Published on July 6, 2017 at 3:15 pm

The RSPCA are warning people as the weather warms up it is dangerous to leave your dog in a car even with the windows open.

Many people still believe that it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog.

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New blog: What’s going on at Northern Grip this weekend

Published on July 5, 2017 at 9:24 pm

It’s Northern Grip time again this weekend! We thought we’d remind you – and ourselves – what the heck is going on.

 FRIDAY NIGHT

3pm onwards

Campsite opens

On arrival please head to the wristband exchange in the Courtyard to pick up your wristband then go and pitch your tent or park your van

7pm to 11pm – Opening Party in the Courtyard.

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Excitement builds for Northern Grip Festival

Published on July 5, 2017 at 1:29 pm

The Northern Grip takes place this weekend (July 7, 8 and July 9) at Lee Quarry.

Ahead of the festival Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism, said:

“I am really excited that the Northern Grip will be held at Lee Quarry this weekend and I really look forward to visiting the festival.

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Bacup THI – Statement about public meeting

Published on July 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Councillor Andrew MacNae, chair of Bacup THI Board, said after last night meeting about the public realm scheme: “I was very pleased with the number of people who came to share their views and I want thank everyone for taking the time to come to the meeting tonight. It is very important the community is involved in shaping the future of Bacup.

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Whitaker Museum’s Heritage Lottery windfall

Published on July 3, 2017 at 8:23 am

A popular local museum is planning a major extension after receiving a Heritage Lottery Fund windfall.

The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery in Rawtenstall has been successful in an initial £100k Heritage Lottery Fund bid to develop plans to extend the museum into the barn, stables and yard next-door – which are currently used by Rossendale Council.

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Weekend road closure update

Published on June 30, 2017 at 7:17 pm

Residents are being made aware that Market Street in Whitworth  will be closed from about 9am today (Saturday, July 1) to allow the demolition of Albert Mill, which is between Healey Corner and Hall Street.

The derelict mill which has been the target of numerous arson attacks and incidents of vandalism is currently being demolished.

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Rossendale Council tackles unsafe taxis

Published on June 30, 2017 at 8:36 am

Unsafe taxis were taken off the road during a Council led crackdown at Manchester Airport.

The team gave out ten notices to drivers licensed by Rossendale for minor defects on their taxis and suspended four vehicles on the spot for serious defects including one which had a bald tyre.

Operations such as this one are vital ways of ensuring taxi drivers are meeting safety requirements to protect the health and safety of the public.

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New CGI image of Bacup public realm scheme released

Published on June 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm

A new computer generated image of what Bacup town centre could like in the future has been released.

The image shows what the proposed public realm improvement scheme for St James Square will look like from the view of a pedestrian.

The Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative is a £2m investment in the town to restore its historic character.

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Flooding advice for residents

Published on June 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Residents or business owners who think that they might be at risk from flooding are invited to attend the Flood Fayre.

Organised by the Rawtenstall Flood Forum there will help and advice on offer to anyone who thinks they could be affected.

The flood forum estimates that around six and a half thousand properties in the borough are at some degree of risk from flooding from rivers, groundwater, reservoirs or drains.

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Council Leader speaks out against illegal work

Published on June 27, 2017 at 3:12 pm

Rossendale Council Leader, Alyson Barnes, has expressed her deep dismay at a landowner continuing with work in a local village, despite being issued with a Temporary Stop Notice.

The Council is now taking further enforcement action to stop works at Kippax Factory in Goodshawfold.

Diggers moved onto the site earlier this month to start the development, which has caused much consternation among local residents.

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CCTV improvements planned for Rossendale

Published on June 21, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Rossendale Council has welcomed new investment which will fund major improvements to the borough’s CCTV system.

The Council has been successful in its funding bid to modernise the system covering the borough’s town centres.

The investment comes from the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund. Here’s the link to the announcement.

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Council update on Albert Mill, Whitworth

Published on June 21, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Following the announcement that work is to begin to redevelop Albert Mill on Albert Street and demolish the building, ward Councillor Sean Serridge said: “I’m delighted we are seeing progress on this site. It has been a major concern for residents, me and my fellow councillors, police and the fire service.

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RTB Partnership welcomes progress on Spinning Point development

Published on June 21, 2017 at 10:43 am

The Rossendale Together Barnfield (RTB) Partnership has welcomed progress on Spinning Point development as new hoardings have been put in place.

Kevin Ruth, Chair of the RTB Partnership, said: “We are pleased the hoardings have gone up and people can see the  progress that has already been made. The scheme is on track and once finished will be a big boost to this borough.”

Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism at Rossendale Council,  said: “Work continues apace on this project and I am very excited to see the development when it is finished.

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Help shape the future of local health and care

Published on June 19, 2017 at 3:33 pm

Rossendale residents are invited to get involved, debate and help shape the future of health and social care in Pennine Lancashire at a summer engagement event in the borough.

NHS, local councils and voluntary community and faith sector organisations in Pennine Lancashire, which is made up of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, have been working together for the past year on a programme to change the way health and social care is delivered in the area.

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Next phase of engagement on future of Bacup town centre announced

Published on June 19, 2017 at 3:08 pm

The board overseeing the Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) has announced plans for the next phase of engagement on the £2m scheme.

As part of the conditions of the THI funding, a public realm improvement scheme is required.

It means changes to the road layout to make the town centre easier to use for pedestrians.

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Warm weather advice

Published on June 19, 2017 at 10:24 am

With parts of England currently experiencing heatwave conditions, Rossendale residents are reminded to stay safe in any extreme heat and follow relevant health advice.

The Met Office has triggered a ‘Level 3’ alert in the North West to say a heatwave is now occurring. During a heatwave, when temperatures remain abnormally high over more than a couple of days, you may get dehydrated and your body may overheat.

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National minute’s silence for the Grenfell Tower tragedy

Published on June 19, 2017 at 10:19 am

People in Rossendale are being invited to join in and observe a national minute’s silence this morning (Monday, June 19) at 11am as a mark of respect for those who have lost their lives in the fire at Grenfell Tower, London.

Please mark the silence where it is most convenient for you.

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Mayor steps up to support charities

Published on June 16, 2017 at 3:38 pm

The mayor of Rossendale, Councillor Colin Crawforth is appealing for people to support his fundraising walk in aid of local good causes.

The mayor will be joining the Bacup Carnival Procession on Sunday, June 25 and wearing full mayoral regalia to raise funds for his nominated charities.

The procession will lead from Broadclough Mills, Burnley Road, Bacup and on arrival at Stubbylee Park it will signal the start of events that will continue through to 4pm.

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New blog: On the hills – Cribden Up & Over

Published on June 16, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Cribden Hill hides in plain sight. It’s a big lump that looks down upon the west end of the Rossendale valleys.  You can’t miss it.  But loads of people do.

Where is it?

It lies between Rawtenstall and Haslingden. It’s the hill that has Ski Rossendale on its flank, Whitaker Park on its skirt and the Halo on its side.

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Council colleagues hit the target

Published on June 15, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Colleagues at Rossendale Borough Council are delighted to have hit their £1,000 target to raise money for Rossendale Hospice.

The group along with Councillor Steve Hughes completed the 10K run through Manchester city centre on Sunday 28 May.

Calling themselves the Futures Running Team, the runners practised together weekly after work and for most of them the 10K was their first major race.

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Flag Raising in honour of our armed forces.

Published on June 14, 2017 at 1:31 pm

Residents are being invited to attend a flag raising ceremony to mark Armed Forces Day.

The ceremony takes place on Monday, June 19 at St. Mary’s Gardens in Rawtenstall.

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show  support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

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Pavement closure set for Rawtenstall as part of ongoing works

Published on June 13, 2017 at 11:22 am

As part of ongoing work on Rawtenstall’s Spinning Point bus station development, the pavement running alongside the town hall on Bacup Road will be closed from this Thursday morning (June 15.)

During this time pedestrians will not be able to use that side of the pavement and will be directed a different route across the road.

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Council to hold minute’s silence to remember London victims

Published on June 5, 2017 at 10:56 am

Rossendale Council will hold a minute’s silence to remember those killed in the terrible events in London on Saturday.

Stuart Sugarman, Chief Executive of Rossendale Council, said: “The thoughts and sympathies of everyone at the Council are with the victims, their families and everyone caught up in the awful events on Saturday in London.

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Council welcomes community group’s prestigious award

Published on June 2, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Rossendale Council has praised the work of a borough community group which has received Royal approval.

Civic Pride Rossendale has won a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, described as an MBE for charities.

Stuart Sugarman, Chief Executive of Rossendale Council, paid tribute to the group and its volunteers.

He said: “I am delighted Civic Pride have been recognised for their outstanding work in making Rossendale a better place.

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Special webcast to promote volunteering opportunities in Rossendale

Published on June 1, 2017 at 11:41 am

A special webcast taking place next week will promote upcoming volunteering opportunities in Rossendale.

Broadcasting live from Haslingden Community Link & Children’s Centre from 1 -3pm on Monday, June 5 the webcast will feature question and answer sessions with community groups; an opportunity to share volunteering experiences; a chance to ‘name and acclaim’ unsung local heroes as well as general information about volunteering.

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New and improved site launches making access to best-rated health apps easier for Rossendale residents

Published on May 31, 2017 at 2:46 pm

People in Rossendale can now get easy access to the best-rated health apps available online.

A new and improved version of the ORCHA online platform has recently launched to help the thousands of people in the area who use apps every day to help manage health issues and medical conditions as well as to generally improve their health and wellbeing.

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Volunteer recognised for supporting people with Cancer

Published on May 24, 2017 at 12:37 pm

A Haslingden resident has been given an award for her work supporting those affected by cancer.

Carol James who volunteers for the East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen Macmillan Community Cancer Information and Support Service and is based at Burnley General Hospital, has been awarded Volunteer of the Year.

The award, on behalf of the East Lancashire Hospital Trust’s STAR Awards 2017, was for Carol’s work in supporting the establishment of the support service across the Burnley General Hospital site last year.

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Council statement on Monday’s attack in Manchester

Published on May 23, 2017 at 7:28 am

Stuart Sugarman, Chief Executive of Rossendale Council, said: “Our thoughts are with the victims of last night’s horrendous events and their families. It is shocking and sad news to wake up to especially as it took place so close to home. We will, of course, as a Council offer any support we can to anyone from our borough affected by these awful events as well offer our support to the people of Manchester at this terrible time.”

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Last chance to register to vote and have your say

Published on May 22, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Voters who want to have their say in this year’s general election must register today – Monday, May 22.

The election takes place next month on June 8 and locally voters will cast their ballots to elect an MP for Rossendale and Darwen.

While the deadline to register to vote is 11.59pm on May 22, the deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on May 23, and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on May 31.

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Second mountain bike event comes to the heart of Rossendale’s ‘Adrenaline Valley’

Published on May 19, 2017 at 10:52 am

With excitement already building for the Northern Grip festival – an annual celebration of Mountain Bike culture coming to Lee Quarry and Stubbylee Park on July 8 and 9 – another mountain biking event happening in Rossendale is set to whet everyone’s appetites further.

The Hope/PMBA Enduro series Round 2 is set to take over Lee Quarry in Bacup on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 promising some high octane thrills and spills in the heart of the borough.

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New blog: Excitement building over Northern Grip Festival

Published on May 18, 2017 at 8:37 am

Our festival hub will be in the amazing Stubbylee Park – nestled at the foot of Lee Quarry this hidden northern gem of a Victorian park offers stunning spaces, woodland, cafe and perhaps most importantly an easy gateway to the thrills and rides we’ve got planned for the day. We’ll be taking over the rear of the park for the weekend bringing plenty of festival treats to add to the recently opened pump track

 We’re excited to announce that we will now have camping and showers available ON SITE in Stubbylee Park for both Friday and Saturday nights.

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Over £15,000 raised for charity by outgoing Mayor

Published on May 17, 2017 at 2:36 pm

The outgoing Mayor of Rossendale raised nearly £15,500 for his chosen charities during his year in office.

Councillor Granville Morris, who represents Greenfield, attended many mayoral engagements since taking on the role of the borough’s first citizen in May 2016.

Fundraising events throughout the year, organised by the Mayor, Mayoress and his Charity Committee, have included coffee mornings, afternoon teas, meal evenings, a fashion show, musical concerts and a Grand Prize Draw.

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Don’t miss out on having your say.

Published on May 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Voters in Rossendale are urged to make sure they register to vote in time for the snap general election.

Residents will go to the polls on June 8 to cast their ballots to elect an MP for Rossendale and Darwen.

The deadline to register to vote is May 22, the deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on May 23, and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on May 31.

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Council colleagues step up for Hospice

Published on May 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Colleagues at Rossendale Borough Council are putting their best feet forward to raise money for Rossendale Hospice.

The group of seven colleagues that includes chief executive Stuart Sugarman, are preparing to participate in the Great Manchester Run that takes place in Manchester city centre on Sunday, May 28.

The Futures Running Team as they have named themselves, aim to raise £1,000 for the Hospice, selected as it is a good cause and its work affects many people in the borough.

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Former Council employee’s marathon charity effort

Published on May 17, 2017 at 9:50 am

A former Rossendale Council employee who suffers from a rare muscle wasting condition will take part in a triathlon later this month to raise money for charity.

Muscular dystrophy sufferer Sean Spencer, 36, from Rawtenstall will take part in the Rossendale Triathlon on Sunday, May 28 in a relay team with two friends to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK – a charity which works to fight more than 60 muscle-weakening and wasting conditions.

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Look before you book

Published on May 16, 2017 at 10:06 am

Residents are being advised to make sure they are aware of the food hygiene ratings of a café, restaurant or takeaway before they visit.

Food safety officers from Rossendale Borough Council visit all premises in the borough for inspections and give a rating from 0 to 5, with 5 being the top score for hygiene and food safety measures.

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New blog by Civic Pride Rossendale: New project to combat dog fouling

Published on May 15, 2017 at 2:48 pm

Civic Pride Rossendale recently started a new project of creating yellow signs on the pavement in areas where dog fouling has been an ongoing problem. Early signs are good, in that the number of both unbagged and bagged and discarded faeces appear to have been reduced. This is obviously in line with our hopes and expectations but why does it work?

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Locals honoured at Whitworth town awards

Published on May 11, 2017 at 11:30 am

Whitworth was the scene for celebration recently with local people gathering to commemorate the best of the town.

The Mayor of Whitworth, Councillor Madeline De Souza, hosted the big celebration evening in April, with awards handed out to some of those who have contributed most to the local community.

The Riverside Centre, on Market Street, was the venue for the evening with a special red carpet laid on for guests who were treated to a hot buffet and entertainment from local singer and guitarist, Graham Shellard along with a special appearance from John Alexander, ‘the singing jeweller’.

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Don’t miss your chance to vote

Published on May 8, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Voters in Rossendale are urged to register to vote in time for the snap general election.

If you are already registered to vote and plan to vote in person at a polling station, there is no need to re-register.

Residents will go to the polls on June 8 to cast their ballots to elect an MP for Rossendale and Darwen.

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Waste collection delays for a few properties

Published on May 4, 2017 at 1:43 pm

Due to a vehicle breakdown, collections from a small number of remote properties throughout Rossendale will be delayed.

Efforts are being made to catch up as soon as possible and any build-up of additional waste will be taken when the collections are made later this week or early next week.

The Council would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Council takes action to alter unlawful shopfront

Published on May 4, 2017 at 10:55 am

Rossendale Council has taken action to have a new shopfront in Rawtenstall altered after it contravened planning laws and received complaints from local residents.

The Council worked with the owners of Higher Cloughfold Store on Newchurch Road, Rawtenstall after the shopfront was erected unlawfully.

And the Council has since received several positive comments from residents on the improvements made.

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New blog from organisers of Northern Grip festival

Published on May 2, 2017 at 4:18 pm

The Northern Grip Festival, a top mountain biking event, is being held at Lee Quarry this summer. In the run to the festival, the organisers will be writing a series of blogs for this website.

Lee Quarry is unique in UK mountain biking. It’s a place with a long history but only the past decade has been about mountain biking.

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Prince’s Trust training opportunity for young people

Published on May 2, 2017 at 2:22 pm

Local young people are being offered the chance to take part in a 12-week course to gain practical skills, secure valuable qualifications and meet new people.

The Prince’s Trust’s Team Programme will take place at Nelson Fire Station from Monday, May 8 in conjunction with the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

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Council welcomes East Lancashire Railway partnership announcement

Published on April 28, 2017 at 2:29 pm

The expansion of Rawtenstall Station is a step closer after the East Lancashire Railway appointed a major new partner.

Chair of ELR Mike Kelly announced on his blog that they had formed a partnership with Richard Shuttleworth from Equilibrium Architects to move the expansion of the station forward.

Mr Kelly also announced the appointment of Booth-King as structural engineers.The proposed £600,000 development of Rawtenstall Station will include a restored heritage station canopy, an extended Buffer Stops Bar, new toilet facilities and a brand new café and a possible education centre for local studies.

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One week to go until Lancashire County Council elections

Published on April 27, 2017 at 11:54 am

There’s now just one week to go until the county council elections on Thursday 4 May.

The elections will decide all 84 seats on the council.

The county council provides the majority of local government services in Lancashire including education, fostering and adoption, health and social care, cultural services, libraries and archives, registering births, deaths and marriages, recycling and highways and transport.

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UK Parliamentary General Election 8 June 2017

Published on April 25, 2017 at 10:15 am

Parliament has approved an early general election, to take place on Thursday 8 June.

This does not affect the date of the County Council elections, which will take place as planned on Thursday 4 May.

For further information, please view The Electoral Commission webpages

For further information on the County Council elections visit Lancashire County Council’s webpages.

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Superb new video launches Northern Grip Festival

Published on April 21, 2017 at 8:54 pm

Rossendale’s Lee Quarry will play host to this year’s Northern Grip, a hugely successful mountain bike festival.

This new video promotes the festival as well as showcasing some stunning views of Rossendale.

Northern Grip organiser David Agnew said:

Last year’s event was amazing with our audience loving the combination of trail activity, new bike demos, music, food and beer.

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Council worker to run marathon in the Middle East after meeting fleeing Iraqi families

Published on April 21, 2017 at 11:11 am

Adrian Smith, a Bacup-based father-of-three, is preparing to run a marathon in the heat of the Middle East in May to support families affected by war and persecution in the Middle East.

Adrian, 56, has previously visited Iraq and has seen for himself the suffering faced by many families following the invasion of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), which forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

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Dog fouling warning to residents

Published on April 21, 2017 at 10:28 am

Rossendale Borough Council is warning those who don’t clean up after their dogs, ‘if you’re caught, you will be fined.’

The warning comes as a man received an on-the-spot fine of £75 thanks to sterling work from local PCSO Chris Hamer from the Rossendale Neighbourhood Policing Team.

PCSO Hamer was driving down Newchurch Road, Stacksteads on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 11 when he spotted a man riding a bike whilst walking his dog.

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Bacup’s ‘eggcellent’ Easter festival

Published on April 13, 2017 at 2:11 pm

Bacup will be in a festive mood this Saturday, April 15 as the Bacup Easter Festival rolls into town.

The famous Britannia Coconut Dancers will be performing their annual ‘Boundary to Boundary’ dance and Bacup Market will be a hive of activity with lots of extra stalls selling local products, gifts and crafts.

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Register NOW to vote in May’s elections

Published on April 12, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Anyone who wants to vote in the local county council elections is urged to register by today’s deadline (April 13).

The elections take place on Thursday 4 May and only people who are registered to vote can take part.

Candidates chosen by voters in the County Council elections will make decisions on the future provision of local services delivered by Lancashire County Council.

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Second phase of £2m Bacup building project begins

Published on April 10, 2017 at 9:59 am

The next phase of an exciting £2m project to refurbish some of Bacup’s most historical buildings has now begun.

The 5-year Townscape Heritage Initiative in Bacup aims to restore and refurbish shop fronts and building facades, bring vacant floor space back into use, reinstate architectural features, perform structural work as well as involve local residents in aspects of the restoration process.

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Candidates published for LCC elections

Published on April 5, 2017 at 3:53 pm

Voters planning to go to the polls on May 4 can now find the list of Rossendale candidates on the Rossendale Borough Council website.

The full list of candidates for Rossendale South, Mid Rossendale, Rossendale East and West and Whitworth and Bacup visit http://www.rossendale.gov.uk/downloads/download/705/lancashire_county_council_elections_4_may_2017

Anyone interested in finding out about the candidates standing in other parts of Lancashire can view the full list here  http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/elections/elections-2017.aspx

For further information about the Rossendale elections please contact the elections team on 01706 252445 or elections@rossendalebc.gov.uk

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Former Rawtenstall Town Hall building fire update

Published on April 4, 2017 at 8:55 am

A spokesman for Barnfield said: “We will be inspecting the building following on from the incident and small fire at the former Rawtenstall Town Hall extension building over the weekend so we can’t comment further at this stage.

“What we can say though is there have been a number of recent incidents involving youths breaching the security fence and entering the building.

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Have Your Say – Lancashire Draft Cycling and Walking Strategy

Published on March 31, 2017 at 4:09 pm

You can have your say on plans to encourage more people to walk and cycle for everyday and leisure journeys in Lancashire.

Lancashire County Council and partners are developing a draft Cycling and Walking Strategy for Lancashire, which also covers the neighbouring areas of Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool. The strategy will shape local spending priorities aimed at developing Lancashire’s walking and cycling offer over the next ten years, building on the range of high quality walking and cycling routes which already offer excellent access to the county’s towns and cities and beautiful rural landscape.

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Extended Access to GP Services Across East Lancashire

Published on March 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm

NHS East Lancashire CCG is pleased to announce that following the 12 week consultation and feedback from patients received in summer 2016, a consortium of GP Provider Organisations, which are made up of local GP practices, are collaborating together to develop and deliver new models of extended GP services.

The models, being developed by GP Provider Organisations and the CCG, involving patients from the beginning, will offer extended access to GP services across East Lancashire.

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Grants Secure the Future of VIC

Published on March 27, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Three grants have been awarded to Veterans In Communities to secure projects over the  coming years.

Their long-term funder the East Lancashire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has
approved a further grant for two years – a total of £160,000 – while £8,000 has been agreed by ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity and £21,710 from Heywood Middleton and Rochdale Social
Investment Fund.

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Council honours victims of London attacks

Published on March 23, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Rossendale Borough Council would like to offer its deepest sympathies and condolences to the victims of yesterday’s attack in Westminster.

The Leader of Rossendale Borough Council, Councillor Alyson Barnes, said:

We watched in horror with the rest of the country as yesterday’s events unfolded in London.

Our thoughts are with the victims and everyone else caught up in the attack.

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Information on Council Tax Bills

Published on March 17, 2017 at 8:50 am

Council Tax bills for the year April 2017 to March 2018 are being issued from 15th March 2016 and we wanted to provide some information so that you knew what each part of your bill means.

The Council has to send out a bill for every property in March each year.

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Top Marks in Leisure Trust’s School Report

Published on March 16, 2017 at 5:01 pm

Rossendale Leisure Trust reports super school stats in its end of year report for the Rossendale School Sports Partnership.

The Leisure Trust continues to grow and the latest stats from the school sports partnership, run alongside the games organiser at Fearns School (Nathan Bibby), shows that it is now in England’s top 10 based on Schools Games Key Performance Indicators.

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Solar Powers the Way at Rossendale Council’s Offices

Published on March 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm

In just over four years, the Council has generated £67k in savings from Solar Panels.

In 2012 Rossendale Council installed solar panels on the roof of its Futures Park Offices, in those 4 years and 4 months we have generated a total savings/income so far of just under £70k.

Based on this rate we will have paid for their installation just after October 2019 meaning that the £112k investment will be retuned back in just six years nine months.

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Help Overview and Scrutiny Develop the 2017/18 Work Programme

Published on March 16, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Each year the Overview and Scrutiny Committee chooses topics to include in the Annual Work Programme.

We welcome feedback from residents on what would be a good topic for the committee to look at.  We are looking for things that affect you and your community.  This could be something that is the Council’s responsibility, or the responsibility of one of our external partners.

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Haslingden Town Trail and Visitor Site Launched

Published on March 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Mayor and Leader join locals at the launch of new tourism work for Haslingden

The Mayor of Rossendale, Cllr Granville Morris joined the leader of Rossendale Council, Cllr Alyson Barnes and members of Haslingden Task Force for the launch of the new Haslingden branding, website and Town Trail on Tuesday 14th March at Haslingden Library.

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County Council Election Nomination Packs Now Available

Published on March 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Nomination packs for the forthcoming County Council elections will be available from Election Offices at Futures Park from 13 March 2017.  If you would like a pack please contact our elections team and we will prepare the relevant documents for you.

Telephone: 01706 252445

Elections Office, Futures Park, Bacup, Rossendale, Lancashire, OL13 0BB

Alternatively packs can be collected at the close of the candidates and agents briefing event to be held at 5.00pm in Room 210, Futures Park on Wednesday 15 March 2017.

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Could you be a Befriender?

Published on March 13, 2017 at 5:34 pm

Are you a good listener who is approachable and loves spending time with others?

The Rossendale Befriending Service aims to reduce social isolation for people and, if applicable, their partners or carers by arranging for a Volunteer Befriender to visit their home and provide some company.

Volunteer Befrienders are carefully selected and care is taken to match the needs and interests of the Befriendee.

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Neighbourhood Forum Grants 2016/17 – Deadline Approaching

Published on March 13, 2017 at 4:05 pm

A further round of Neighbourhood Forum Grants applications will be considered before the end of March.   

There are funds remaining in the Neighbourhood Forum Grants budget for 2016/17 so a further round of applications will be considered.

Neighbourhood Forums can give grants of up to £500 to external organisations that can provide added value to the residents of the Borough.  

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Event: Launch of new Haslingden branding and website Tuesday 14 March

Published on March 13, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Working with design company Osprey, Haslingden Task Force has developed a branding and website for the town with the strapline ‘Small Town Big Heart’ aimed at encouraging visitors to the town.  The website www.visithaslingden.com  and promotional materials including a flyer and town trail, will be launched on Tuesday 14th March at 4pm at Haslingden Library.

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Pump Track Triumph

Published on March 9, 2017 at 5:29 pm

New facility opens in Stubbylee Park to the delight of hundreds of local residents.

Organisers of the Pump Track opening event were delighted at the hundreds of people who turned out to see the latest completed edition to the Stubbylee Park Masterplan.

Riders of all ages and abilities took to the new pump track facility showing off their skills.

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Whitworth takes part in the Great British Spring Clean

Published on March 9, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Over the weekend from 3rd March to 5th March areas all over Great Britain have been meeting to ‘spring clean’ their towns and Whitworth is no exception. 

Thanks to the work of an exceptional group of volunteers ‘Keep Whitworth Tidy’, this weekend another 28 bags of rubbish were removed from local streets and public areas by sixteen volunteers. 

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Community Heroes Come Out in Force

Published on March 7, 2017 at 1:37 pm

The Great British Spring event saw lots of volunteers come out to help clean up their local community

Over 250 bags of litter were collected up over the weekend for the Council to remove following on from community clean up events across the Valley.

Rossendale Council’s Chief Executive Stuart Sugarman and Head of Operations Paul McHenry joined Cllr Lamb and Civic Pride Members for litter collecting in Newchurch on Friday.

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Local County Elections Are #OnYourDoorstep

Published on March 7, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Local County Council elections are on Thursday 4 May, make sure you are registered to vote in order to have your say.

You will decide who represents you in at County Council and who makes decisions on the  provision of local services delivered by Lancashire County Council.
You must be registered to be able to vote in the elections.

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Recognise Rossendale’s Fantastic Food Offer in the Lancashire Life Food Awards 2017

Published on March 7, 2017 at 10:22 am

From the only Temperance Bar in England to award winning tea rooms, Rossendale has an excellent food and drink offer which deserves to be celebrated.

Rossendale boasts plenty of top notch food establishments; make sure you nominate them for the Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards 2017.

The Lancashire Life Food & Drink Awards is undoubtedly one of the biggest events in the county’s calendar. 

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Don’t Use You Mobile Phone When Driving

Published on March 6, 2017 at 11:21 am

Lancashire Constabulary is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of using a mobile phone behind the wheel.

There are tough new penalties for those who flout the law.  From next week, Wednesday 1 March 2017, new legislation comes into effect that means motorists who are caught using a mobile whilst driving will receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine, doubling the previous punishment.

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Dog Barking Prosecution Success

Published on March 2, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Rossendale Council Officer’s work on night time noise nuisance sees positive results for a neighbour troubled by dog barking at night in Earby.

Environmental Health Officer at Rossendale Council work on out of hours noise nuisance calls through the night alongside fellow colleagues across Lancashire. Recently one such case resulted in a prosecution based on the work of our Officer.

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Be at the Stubbylee Pump Track Grand Opening

Published on March 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Saturday March 4th will see the grand opening of the eagerly awaiting pump track in Stubbylee Park as part of the regeneration masterplan.

The event will take place 12noon-3pm on Saturday March 3rd where people can ride the track for the very first time.

Bikes will be available to use and advice given by those who constructed the track, as well as refreshments.

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Whitworth Town Council hosts the 2017 Mayor’s Annual Celebration and Awards!

Published on March 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm

On Saturday 8 April 2017, the Mayor of Whitworth, Councillor Madeline De Souza, will be hosting the first ever annual celebration and awards evening. 

This year, this event will take the place of the Civic Dinner and aim to celebrate all we have to offer in Whitworth culminating in the presentation of some very special awards.

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Public invited to health decision-making meeting

Published on March 1, 2017 at 5:11 pm

The health programme responsible for putting together the Lancashire and South Cumbria STP is set to hold its next formal meeting in public.

The decision-making committee of Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria is inviting members of the public to Venue 53 at the University of Central Lancashire this Thursday, March 2 at 1pm.

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Call for Local Community Heroes

Published on February 27, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Rossendale Borough Council, together with Civic Pride groups, are calling on the community to step up and be a local hero as part of the national Great British Spring Clean Event to celebrate where we live.

The Great British Spring Clean event is taking place 3rd-5th March and we would like you to get involved.

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