Yearly Archives: 2017

Crown Court upholds decision by Rossendale Borough Council

Published on September 22, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Preston Crown Court has backed a decision by Rossendale Borough Council to revoke a taxi driver’s licence.

The court agreed on Thursday (September 21) that Sarfaraz Ahmad Bibi, 40, of Timperley Road, Ashton under Lyne, should no longer be able to operate as a hackney carriage driver.

The Council took the decision to revoke Bibi’s licence after he was convicted in December last year of picking up a passenger in Stockport without being pre-booked, and for not having the correct insurance.

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Still time to have your say on Local Plan

Published on September 20, 2017 at 11:30 am

There is still time to have your say on the plan which will guide the borough’s development over the next 15 years.

Rossendale Council has published its draft local plan which guides how the borough will achieve its targets for housing, employment sites and facilities over the next few years.

It will also guide where new housing and employment will be located as well as where land should be protected.

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Residents invited to help make Haslingden better

Published on September 19, 2017 at 5:29 pm

Volunteers are needed to help Haslingden bring in more investment into the town.

Rossendale Council is looking to establish a Haslingden steering group which will help it bid for funding to improve the town centre.

Officers will be at Haslingden library on Monday, September 25, 3pm to 5.30pm, to outline what the role entails.

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Parade gets ready to shine

Published on September 19, 2017 at 4:04 pm

STUNNING lanterns have been created and decorated in a series of workshops held for the Light Up The Valley parade.

On Saturday, October 28 at 6pm the colourful creations will be led in a parade from the mill at Toll Bar, Stacksteads, near the mini roundabout, along the banks of the River Irwell into The Glade.

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See another side to Rawtenstall this Halloween

Published on September 19, 2017 at 11:51 am

This All Hallows Eve enjoy a feast of stories, mysteries murders and spooky tales on a walk in and around Rawtenstall.

Join local theatre company, Hard Graft, and international ghost hunter Anders Andersson as they share the darker side of the most haunted town in East Lancashire.

Tales will include the last woman hanged in Manchester, the headless corpse in a drain, the floating baby and the ghostly girl with the red hair.

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Help shape the future of Rawtenstall town centre

Published on September 19, 2017 at 8:54 am

Residents will get a glimpse of the future of Rawtenstall at a series of public information events to be held end of September.

The Rossendale Together Barnfield (RTB) Partnership are seeking residents’ views on the next phase of the Spinning Point development.

Officers and members of the RTB Board will be on hand for residents to ask questions.

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Pair fined for failure to clear rubbish

Published on September 18, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Two residents have been prosecuted and fined for failure to remove rubbish that was attracting rats and other pests.

Michael Anthony Kershaw, 33 and Nicola Kershaw, 43, of Burnley Road, Crawshawbooth were found guilty at Burnley Magistrates Court in their absence and were ordered to pay over £1,000.

The pair were each fined £250 with £250 costs and a £30 Victim Surcharge.

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Family get tough to raise money for Macmillan Nurses

Published on September 13, 2017 at 3:12 pm

A family are celebrating after conquering the famous Tough Mudder challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Joanne Hargreaves, Customer Relationship Manager at Rossendale Borough Council, husband Barry, daughter Chloe, and family friend David Pickup completed the course in four hours.

The 12 mile long challenge which was held at Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, saw them take on more than 20 obstacles and plenty of mud.

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Crown Court backs taxi licence removal

Published on September 12, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Rossendale Council has won a Crown Court appeal following its decision to revoke the taxi licence  of a driver who refused to take a passenger with a guide dog.

Taiwo Osazuwa, 50, of Teddington Road, New Moston, Manchester, was prosecuted in February for failing to allow a passenger to travel with their assistance animal in June last year, an offence under the Equality Act 2010.

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Green bin collection rescheduled in Weir

Published on September 12, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Ongoing works by Electricity North West in the Weir area has meant that Council was unable to service green bins today at a number of properties. Arrangements have been made for the bins to be emptied tomorrow from 7am.

The streets that are affected are:

  • Burnley Road
  • Captain Street
  • Comet Street
  • Halley Street
  • Hillside Crescent
  • Melrose Terrace
  • Richard Street
  • Weir Bottom
  • Weir Lane
  • Wright Street

Any missed recycling collections from previous weeks will be dealt with as soon as possible once the roads works are removed.

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New Civic Pride: A Celebration of Our Borough

Published on September 12, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Across the valley, volunteers from all sectors of the community give up their own time to help others either directly or indirectly.

On Saturday 21st October, from 11am to 3pm Civic Pride will be hosting a day of celebration at Kay Street Baptist Church and are inviting other local voluntary groups to join them to thank volunteers’ past and present and encourage others to join them.

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Crackdown on landlords who fail tenants with poor quality housing

Published on September 8, 2017 at 2:48 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has announced a crackdown on landlords who fail to maintain their rental properties to a decent standard.

It follows the prosecution of a landlord who was then ordered to pay over £4,000 for failing to provide habitable living conditions for his tenants.

Bernard McKay, 65, of  Ashworth Road, Rochdale, was convicted in his absence of failing to comply with improvement notices served by the Council.

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East Lancashire Railway applies for Rawtenstall redevelopment

Published on September 8, 2017 at 11:07 am

Rossendale Borough Council has received a planning application from the East Lancashire Railway for the redevelopment of Rawtenstall Station.

East Lancashire Railway says the £600,000 proposed development will see Rawtenstall Station redeveloped to ‘provide enhanced facilities for not only visitors to the East Lancashire Railway but the local community too’.

Planning permission is being sought for the following:

  • Platform Canopy – The erection of an ‘L’ shaped canopy spanning the entire length and width of the station buildings.

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Campaign launched to tackle waste crime

Published on September 5, 2017 at 3:43 pm

The Environment Agency has launched a Duty of Care campaign to help combat waste crime and to encourage people to take responsibility over what happens to their waste.

It follows an increase across Lancashire in the number of incidents of fly tipping on public and private land.

The campaign has included a crackdown on the illegal movement of waste in Lancashire with rogue traders targeted in three county wide multi-Agency roadside stop checks.

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Tough Mudder challenge no obstacle for race-ready family

Published on September 4, 2017 at 11:50 am

A family are getting ready to tackle the Tough Mudder challenge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Joanne Hargreaves, Customer Relationship Manager at Rossendale Borough Council, husband Barry and daughter Chloe are preparing to undertake the challenge at Cholmondley Castle

The 12 mile long challenge on September 9-10 will see them take on more than 20 obstacles and plenty of mud.

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BLOG: new project improves cycling routes in Rossendale

Published on August 31, 2017 at 3:13 pm

An exciting four-year £5.85m scheme is now well underway across Rossendale and East Lancashire to create and improve cycling routes.

The East Lancashire Strategic Cycleway project is designed to create 23km of new multi-user routes and improve 95km of existing routes between 2015 and 2019, including the Valley of Stone connecting Rawtenstall to Whitworth.

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Fab and groovy festival returns

Published on August 29, 2017 at 1:38 pm

Get ready to take a trip back in time at the Rossendale 60s Festival.

The valley wide festival with unique events in Rawtenstall, Bacup, Haslingden and Whitworth is aimed at attracting and exposing visitors to the beauty, heritage and culture of Rossendale.

This year’s festival that promises to be even bigger and better than before runs from September 8-10.

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Bacup THI board – update

Published on August 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Following a meeting with Lancashire County Council on Thursday, August 24 Bacup THI board Chair, Councillor Andy MacNae, has said the following:

At a meeting yesterday (August 24) at County Hall, County Councillors Steen and Eaton confirmed their position that they would not support any public realm scheme for Bacup that moves the existing roundabout.

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Scheme achieves Real results for Bacup

Published on August 24, 2017 at 1:45 pm

The refurbishment of one of Bacup’s most historic buildings has been completed.

Built in the 1930s, the Art Deco Real Building on St James Square has undergone a total revamp and its historic details have been restored.

The work which took around four months included the installation of new windows with bespoke steel frames, replacement of the roof and shop front, structural works to the cellar and stone repairs.

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Rossendale Community Fund open for applications

Published on August 23, 2017 at 4:12 pm

The latest round of the Rossendale Community Fund is now open for applications.

Local organisations are invited to apply for a grant from the fund before the deadline of September 22.

The Rossendale Community Fund has been created by Rossendale Borough Council in partnership with the Community Foundation for Lancashire to offer grants to support projects that help families and children and young people engage in community activities and learning.

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Ski Rossendale unveils exciting new redevelopment plans

Published on August 23, 2017 at 2:57 pm

Ski Rossendale has begun more exciting redevelopment plans at its Haslingden Old Road site.

Working with Rossendale Council, The Ski Rossendale Board has created a proposal to build a new reception, changing area, café and outside dining area at the Rawtenstall-based dry ski slope.

The new plans are part of an overall 630K project, funded by Sport England and supported by Rossendale Council, which includes enhanced skiing facilities along with the new ski centre building.

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Walkers urged to head for the hills

Published on August 23, 2017 at 11:07 am

Walkers are being invited to put their best foot forward for the annual Rossendale Round the Hills Walk.

Taking place on Sunday, September 3, it leaves from Marl Pits Sports Centre and is 18 miles long.

This is the 50th year of the walk, which was originally established by Walter Whittaker with the aim of encouraging local people to enjoy a long walk in the surrounding hills.

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Residents urged to respond to electoral register form

Published on August 22, 2017 at 11:58 am

Rossendale residents are receiving a form asking them to check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address.

The mail-out is part of the Borough’s annual voter registration canvass – which is designed to ensure that the electoral register is up-to-date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

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Adrian keeps on running

Published on August 18, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Marathon man, Adrian Smith, is gearing up for his next challenge – The Great North Run.

The Bacup-based father-of-three, returned in May from the Middle East where he ran a marathon in aid of families affected by war and persecution in the region.

Now the 56 year old, has decided to embark on yet another run for charity by taking part in the half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields.

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Unsafe taxi taken off the road in Council crackdown

Published on August 17, 2017 at 9:11 am

A taxi has been taken off the road in a Council crackdown on unsafe vehicles.

The taxi owner, Mr Madoris Ali, had his hackney carriage proprietors licence revoked by Rossendale Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee for constantly failing to maintain his vehicle in a roadworthy state and it failing its last MOT with a number of dangerous items including brakes and tyres.

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Funding available for rural Rossendale businesses

Published on August 16, 2017 at 9:57 am

Rural businesses in Rossendale are being encouraged to contact Rossendale Council’s economic development team for help to apply for funding to help grow their operations.

LEADER funding is one of two separate programmes available and is a locally delivered grant scheme aimed at promoting jobs and business growth to improve the rural economy.

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Bacup THI board – update

Published on August 14, 2017 at 11:23 am

Following a further meeting with Lancashire County Council on Friday, August 11 Bacup THI board Chair, Councillor Andy MacNae, has said the following:

Following my statement last week, I met with senior officers and councillors at Lancashire County Council on Friday. It was a positive meeting in so far as LCC confirmed their continued support for new public realm in Bacup and their desire to work closely with Rossendale Borough Council and the THI board.

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Council running team’s marathon charity effort

Published on August 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

A Rossendale Council running team raised over £1200 for charity after taking part in the Great Manchester Run.

The group – dubbed the ‘Futures Running Team’ – formed to get fit together and spend time with each other out of the office.

The nine members, who include Chief Executive Stuart Sugarman, came together at the start of 2017 and progressed so well they set themselves the goal of entering the internationally renowned 10k event in Manchester.

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New blog – new website set to launch

Published on August 8, 2017 at 2:19 pm

In the final chapter of a weekly series of blogs, Cllr Steve Hughes, Executive Member Champion for IT,  shares some final thoughts ahead of the launch of Rossendale Council’s new website.

There’s just one day to go before we launch our brand new website.

Going live tomorrow, Wednesday August 9, the new site 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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Bacup THI Board statement

Published on August 8, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Ahead of the expiration of its seven-day deadline for Lancashire County Council to confirm support for the THI public realm scheme, Bacup THI board Chair, Councillor Andy MacNae, has issued the following statement:

Lancashire County Council has requested extra time to consider its options. We have agreed to this as we really value our partnership but this uncertainty cannot go on much longer. 

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Chair of Bacup THI Board statement following this week’s board meeting

Published on August 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Following a meeting of the Bacup THI board this week, the chair of the Board, Councillor Andy MacNae made the following statement:

“The THI public realm scheme is facing uncertainty after Lancashire County Council has been unable to confirm that the project will receive its support. The THI board has confirmed its support for scheme, which has been tweaked following recent public feedback including the public meeting. 

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New blog – registering on our new website

Published on August 1, 2017 at 4:22 pm

In just over a week local residents will be able to access Rossendale Council’s new and improved website.

The new site goes live on Wednesday August 9, and 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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RTB Board delighted at Spinning Point progress

Published on July 27, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Members of the Rossendale Together Barnfield (RTB) Partnership have paid the Spinning Point site a visit to see progress that has been made.

More details can be found here.

After visiting the site, Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism, said:

“We have worked really hard to bring in investment to our town centres to help them flourish.

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New road safety campaign launches

Published on July 26, 2017 at 9:32 am

A new campaign aims to highlight the common causes of collisions involving child pedestrians in Lancashire in a bid to cut the number of deaths and injuries on roads.

‘Look Out Lancs’ is being run by the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership and encourages everyone on the roads to look out for each other.

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Have your say on the local plan

Published on July 25, 2017 at 4:49 pm

Rossendale Council has published its draft local plan which guides how the borough will achieve its targets for housing, employment sites and facilities over the next few years.

Residents and businesses are invited to have their say on the plan which will guide development for the next 15 years.

As well as earmarking sites for development, the plan will also propose sites for environmental protection.

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Council delight at Spinning Point award

Published on July 25, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Spinning Point, the multimillion pound redevelopment of Rawtenstall town centre has won a prestigious award.

You can read all about the award here.

Welcoming the news, Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism, said:

 “This is brilliant news and shows the progress being made to redevelop the area.

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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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