Monthly Archives: July 2017

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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