Monthly Archives: August 2017

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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