Yearly Archives: 2017

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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Lancashire continues to push for Combined Authority

Published on February 24, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Councils in Lancashire are waiting for the green light from Government to formally create a Combined Authority for the county as a decision to make the next step gets closer.

And leaders driving forward the proposals have said they will be pressing ahead despite the news that Fylde Council may be the second authority to pull out of the negotiations.

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Rossendale Woman of the Year 2017

Published on February 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm

For over a decade Rossendale Hospice has recognised and celebrated the achievements of remarkable women from the area.  

Nominations are open for Rossendale Woman of the Year 2017 – You can vote now!

This award gives the people of Rossendale an opportunity to recognise and support the amazing women who have made a significant contribution to our community.

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Breweries Wanted for the Pennine Way

Published on February 24, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Breweries are being invited to put forward a proposal to brew an official Pennine Way beer!

The Pennine Way is Britain’s oldest National Trail and undoubtedly its best known walking route. Over the past 50 years people have been embarking on this 268 mile journey along the spine of England, from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders.

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Council Grant Supports Community Website

Published on February 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

The REAL Directory community website is going from strength to strength and thanks to a grant from Rossendale Council the website is funded for the next 12 months.

The website, www.realtd.co.uk provides community information to people living or working in Rossendale and is now a significant source of information on community organisations and events in Rossendale. 

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Team Effort Keeps VIC Soldiering On to Final

Published on February 16, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Members of VIC were given five star treatment at the House of Lords as finalists in the  national Soldiering On Awards.

The champagne reception, in a marquee on the embankment of the River Thames, was an opportunity to share the work of VIC with the five other finalists in the category Working Together and to meet some of the judges.

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Call for Dog Mess Clean Up

Published on February 16, 2017 at 10:16 am

Environmental Health Officers are reminding dog owners to regularly clear up dog waste from back yards following an increase in the number of complaints about this.

Accumulation of dog mess, if left, is not only anti-social but can cause smells, flies and is extremely unhygienic.

Our Environmental Health Officers are encouraging people to make sure they clean up after their dogs in order to prevent unpleasant conditions and complaints from other residents.

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The Big Scoop

Published on February 14, 2017 at 8:30 am

It is said that ‘love changes everything’ and with this sentiment, we would like your help in changing the mind-set of the small minority of irresponsible owners who fail to Bag it and Bin it, with the release of the Dogs Trust’s new video…

Along with the Dogs Trust, we are urging dog owners to make the ultimate declaration of love this Valentines by pledging to pick up after their dog, and sharing the video using #DogsTrustBigScoop.

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Update from Valley Heritage

Published on February 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Valley Heritage is a charitable organisation that works with communities and like minded  partners to share and celebrate this rich heritage and bring our decaying historic buildings back to life for future generations to enjoy.

Their latest update newsletters (below) update on the work they’ve been involved in with the Bacup THI Project, Heritage Open Days, Waterside Mill in Bacup amongst others.

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Vote for Local Company Arthouse

Published on February 9, 2017 at 11:47 am

A Rossendale Company has been shortlisted for a prestigious international award – and it needs your help.

Arthouse Limited, which designs interior products such as wallpaper, wall art, mirrors and cushions, is in the running for a National Public Champions Awards, which are part the European Business Awards.

The company, which employs more than 70 people, will be battling with other UK businesses in a public vote.

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Grane Road Litter Pick Success

Published on February 6, 2017 at 3:56 pm

Work in January on Grane Road removes vast amount of dumped litter.

Rossendale Borough Council’s Park’s Team litter picked the verges and laybys on both side of the road from Haslingden Cemetery to the Hyndburn Boundary over 3 days- 16th to 18th January 2017.

Over the winter since we were last there, a build-up of litter and fly tipped items had seriously detracted from the natural beauty of the route.

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Update on Stubbylee Masterplan

Published on February 6, 2017 at 9:06 am

Pump Track work starts to take place to progress the Masterplan

As part of the Stubbylee Masterplan, we carried out consultation in April 2016 as we looked to develop the Pump Track project. This is basically a bike track made out of moulded earth that is used to develop Rider’s skills.

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Haslingden Task Force working to improve Haslingden

Published on February 3, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Haslingden Task Force is working on two key projects to support the continued development of the town. 

Rossendale Borough Council has provided £100,000 of funding through the Task Force to provide a catalyst to develop regeneration initiatives in Haslingden.

£50,000 has been allocated to the Shop Front Improvement Scheme through which business owners in the town centre can apply for grants for 50% of the cost of improving their shop front, up to a maximum of £2000.  

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Lancashire’s New Visitor Magazine 2017

Published on February 3, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Marketing Lancashire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Lancashire has announced the release of the Official Lancashire Visitor Magazine 2017.
At 146 pages the 2017 Lancashire Magazine is bigger than ever before and available at key attractions, gateways and information centres across the country. It is also available online at visitlancashire.com, the county’s official tourism website which enjoys 6 million page views a year.

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Rosso Long Service Awards Dinner

Published on February 3, 2017 at 9:01 am

Rosso held its first annual Long Service Awards Dinner at Sykeside Country Hotel, Haslingden, on Saturday 28 January 2017.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Rossendale. Cllr Granville Morris and his wife Susan were guests of honour and presented Long Service Certificates and gifts to 14 employees who between them have given a combined total of 400 years’ service to the Company and its predecessors.

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Mayor’s Charity Concert

Published on February 3, 2017 at 8:19 am

The Mayor’s Charity Concert will be held on Friday March 3rd 2017 at St. Peter’s Church, Haslingden, commencing at 7.30pm.

All proceeds are in aid of the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

Both the Rossendale Male Voice Choir under the musical directorship of Matthew Thomas and the 2nd Rossendale Scout Group Band, under the musical directorship of Graham Helm are performing a Special Mayors Charity Concert to support this year’s Mayor Councillor Granville Morris, Mayors Charity Fund.

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ORCHA App Could Benefit You

Published on February 2, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Nearly 2 million people in Lancashire and South Cumbria will for the first time be able to get easy access to the best-rated health apps available online.

Thousands of people in the area 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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£1.4m Flood Grants Investment into Rossendale

Published on January 27, 2017 at 6:29 pm

Over 300 properties have benefited from the Flood Resilience Grant opportunities to help protect them from future flooding following the devastating effects of the Boxing Day floods in 2015.

 We have received 295 Flood Resilience Grant applications which will benefit 321 properties in Rossendale.

The grant funding has meant that £1.4m worth of flood resilience and protection measures is being invested into Rossendale for our residents.

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Volunteers Wanted!

Published on January 27, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Proffitts are working on a project in Lumb with Peers Clough Farm which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project has 2 aims:

  • To hold 3 weeks’ worth of training with a Master Dry Stone Waller to repair a section of stone wall alongside a right of way.

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Information Spinning Point Sessions

Published on January 25, 2017 at 4:19 pm

Join us at one of our information sessions to find out all about the new bus station development for Rawtenstall.

Monday 30th Jan 12noon – 2pm

Tuesday 31st Jan 4-6pm

Wednesday 1st Feb 4-6pm

Wednesday 8th Feb 10am-12noon

Thursday 9th Feb 2-4pm

Friday 10th Feb – 12noon-2pm

All to be held at Kay St Baptist Church, Kay Street, Rawtenstall, BB4 7LS

Hoardings will shortly be going up around the development site and so we wanted to mark this work with some public information sessions on the project. 

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Rossendale Neighbourhood Forums meeting with a focus on Prevent

Published on January 24, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Rossendale residents and representatives of local community groups are invited to attend their local Neighbourhood Forum meeting to find out more about local services and activities and events in their area.

There are four Neighbourhood Forums in Rossendale covering Haslingden, Rawtenstall, Bacup and Whitworth.  The Forums, which are open to all local residents, are informal community meetings to allow networking and information sharing and any agreed action points. 

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Two Rossendale Schools Scoop Big Lottery Funding

Published on January 23, 2017 at 10:39 am

The two schools are amongst more than 500 projects that are sharing over £18m in funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

Almost twenty thousand pounds is set to be invested in Rossendale as two local schools are successful in their Big Lottery Fund bids.

Bacup St Saviour’s Community Primary School have been awarded £9,697 for their Forest Adventurers project.

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Grant Funding Available to Support Local Groups

Published on January 23, 2017 at 10:21 am

The latest round of the Rossendale Community Fund is now open for applications and local organisations are invited to apply for a grant from the Fund before the deadline of 21 February.

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 & young people engage in community activities and learning.

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Police and Crime Commissioner to Visit Bacup

Published on January 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm

Public meeting will be held with the Commissioner to discuss and understand how crime is tackled in the area.

A public meeting will be held at the Council Chamber at Futures Park, Bacup at 7pm on Thursday 16th February to give residents the opportunity to ask Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, about how crime is tackled in the Bacup area.

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Modernised Bacup Post Office Gets Stamp of Approval

Published on January 18, 2017 at 10:42 am

Bacup Post Office will be modernised and is set for longer opening hours as part of The Post Office’s new investment scheme.

The Post Office will open a newly modernised “main” Post Office at 5 Burnley Road, Bacup, OL13 8AA.

  • Opening hours increased to 46 hours a week
  • Convenient, quick service, new modern layout
  • Banking services for personal customers and small businesses
  • Bill payment, banking, benefits and travel money
  • Postage, home shopping returns, Local Collect
  • Financial Services Advice

The service, which will launch at 1pm on Monday 30 January, will be provided from four serving positions, one modern screened, two open plan and a Post Office serving point for use at the retail counter, which is available during shop opening hours offering selected services.

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2017/18 Budget Consultation

Published on January 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm

The Council is seeking views from any individual or organisation on its budget for 2017/18 and the financial challenges it faces over the medium term.

1 – The Council’s vision and corporate priorities are as follows:

Our Vision: By 2018 Rossendale will have strong communities with an enhanced environment and heritage.

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Rossendale Mayor’s Grand Draw

Published on January 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Raffle tickets are now available to be purchased for entry into the Mayor’s Grand Draw!

Prizes include: 2 Weeks S/C Accommodation in Tenerife, Annual Rossendale Leisure Trust Membership for a Family of Four, 43” Smart HD LED Television, £250 Holiday voucher- CBT Travel, plus others.

Tickets Only £2.00 Each.

Tickets are available from Stephanie Carroll, Democratic Services, please email your details to stephaniecarroll@rossendalebc.gov.uk

All proceeds will be donated to the Mayor’s chosen charities including: Northwest Ambulance Service, Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue, Veterans in communities, and other local charities.

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Candlelight Festival

Published on January 13, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Blackburn Cathedral is to host a special event celebrating the work done by public services in Lancashire.

The Candlelight Festival promises ‘a sequence of words and music from Epiphany to Candlemas’ and will honour the contribution of local government and NHS organisations to local communities across the County.

Staff members from public services, as well as members of the public, are all welcome to attend the event, which will take place on Sunday, February 5 at 6.30pm.

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Weather: Disruption to Bin Rounds

Published on January 13, 2017 at 11:39 am

Due to weather conditions waste and recycling collections for today (Friday 13th January 2017) will be delayed.

Crews have completed today’s waste and recycling collections from the majority of properties. In some instances, due to unsafe icy conditions on roads and back lanes, we have had to divert crews away to ensure safe passage, especially in areas where there are cars double parked.

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Postal Vote Signature Refresh

Published on January 5, 2017 at 9:07 am

Letters will be going out to those registered for postal voting as the annual refresh exercise takes place.

Those residents who chose to vote by post or proxy are required to provide a signature and date of birth when they first apply to prevent fraud and the possibility of someone else using your vote. 

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