Monthly Archives: December 2017

Heavy Snow Warning

Published on December 28, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Heavy snow is expected to start between 4am and 5am on Friday, December 29th and is due to last for 4-5 hours. This could be followed with some lighter snow/sleet before rain begins to fall in the early to mid-afternoon.

Snow is predicted to fall to a depth of between 5-10 cm.

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Christmas and New Year pharmacy opening times

Published on December 22, 2017 at 9:42 am

Rossendale residents are reminded that pharmacy opening times will be different over the Christmas period.

Please find the times listed below.

Christmas Eve

(Sunday December 24)

Pharmacies will be open as normal. However some pharmacy opening times may vary. Please speak to your local pharmacy for more information.

Christmas Day

(Monday December 25)

  • Accrington Late Night Pharmacy, 188 Blackburn Road, Accrington, BB5 0AQ – 01254 351111, 10:00 – 20:00
  • Oswaldtwistle Pharmacy, 300 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, BB5 3JD, – 01254 3998980, 7:30 – 22:30
  • The Clitheroe Pharmacy, Unit 2, 32 King Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2EP – 01254 399898, 10:00 – 13:00
  • Huncoat Pharmacy, 20 Station Road, Huncoat, Lancashire, BB5 6LS – 01254 238823, 13:00 – 16:00
  • Village Pharmacy, 142 Burnley Road, Briercliffe, Burnley, BB10 2HJ – 01282 422015, 10:00 -13:00

Boxing Day

(Tuesday December 26)

  • Asda Pharmacy, Corporation Street, Colne,BB8 8LU –  01282 8701560, 09:00 -18:00
  • Asda Pharmacy, Hyndburn Road, Accrington, BB5 1QR – 01254 3064100, 09:00 -18:00
  • Asda Pharmacy, Holly Mount Way, Rawtenstall,BB4 8EE – 01706 242410, 09:00 – 18:00
  • Asda Pharmacy, Princess Way, Burnley, BB12 0EQ – 01282 838177, 09:00 – 18:00
  • Oswaldtwistle Pharmacy, 300 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, BB5 3JD – 01254 3998980, 7:30 – 22:30
  • Boots, 51 St James Street, Burnley, BB11 1QL – 01282 421934, 08:00 – 17:00
  • Lloydspharmacy, Active Way, Burnley, BB11 1BS – 01282 423998, 10:00 – 16:00
  • Lloydspharmacy, Windy Bank, Colne, BB8 9HY – 01282 663609, 10:00 – 16:00
  • Accrington Late Night Pharmacy, 188 Blackburn Road, Accrington, BB5 0AQ – 01254 351111, 10:00 – 20:00

New Year’s Eve

(Sunday December 31)

Pharmacies will be open as normal.

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Council calls for scores on the doors

Published on December 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Rossendale Council is lobbying the government for greater transparency for consumers when purchasing food.

The Council, following a motion at its full meeting in December, is asking the government to make it mandatory for eateries to display food hygiene ratings, as is currently the case in Wales and is soon to be introduced in Northern Ireland.

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Council approves the sale of Rosso to Transdev

Published on December 21, 2017 at 2:57 pm


At last night’s meeting (20th December) Rossendale Borough Council approved the sale of Rossendale Transport Limited (trading as Rosso) to Transdev Blazefield. The formal transfer will be completed in the next few weeks.

As part of the agreement, Transdev is planning to invest significantly in Rosso including spending in the region of £3 million on state-of-the-art new buses to be placed on the busiest routes to benefit the most people and the most communities.

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Council offices opening times

Published on December 21, 2017 at 2:06 pm

Residents should be aware that the opening times of the Council offices at Futures Park, Bacup will vary throughout the Christmas period.

Friday 22.12.17, 9-4pm

Monday 25.12.17, closed

Tuesday 26.12.17, closed

Wednesday 27.12.17, 9-5pm

Thursday 28.12.17, 9-5pm

Friday 29.12.17, 9-4pm

Monday 1.1.18, closed

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Have a healthy Christmas and make sure you cook your turkey properly

Published on December 21, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Christmas is the time of year when people get together at the dinner table and enjoy a family meal together. NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are reminding those who are hosting, to make sure you cook your turkey properly.

Firstly, if you buy a frozen turkey make sure you defrost it properly before you cook it.

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Spinning Point update

Published on December 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm

by Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure

As part of keeping residents and businesses up to date about the Spinning Point development, I have committed to writing a monthly blog of progress. This is the first one.

December has been an exciting month in terms of progress on the redevelopment of Rawtenstall Town Centre.

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Court hands out fine for cold and damp rental property

Published on December 19, 2017 at 12:56 pm

A company was ordered to pay over £4,000 for failure to tackle dampness and disrepair at a Rossendale property.

Blackburn Magistrates Court handed down a £3,600 fine, £718 costs and a £170 victim surcharge to the letting agents, Warburton, Dickinson and Pollard Partnership Limited, for not complying with improvement notices served under the Housing Act 2004.

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Proposed takeover of Council-owned bus operator announced

Published on December 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

Bus passengers in Rossendale, Bury and Rochdale could soon benefit from a multi-million-pound investment in new buses after plans were announced today for the local authority-owned bus operator Rosso to join the Transdev Blazefield group of companies.

Subject to approval from Council Members at a meeting on Wednesday (December 20, 2017) and to finalisation of the detailed terms of the deal, Rossendale Borough Council has reached an agreement in principle to sell its shares in Rosso to Transdev.

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Transformation of Waterfoot Town Centre

Published on December 14, 2017 at 3:56 pm

A new community space is steadily taking shape on the site of the former basketball courts in Waterfoot Centre.

Pupils from the Green Team at Waterfoot Primary School came down to site to take a closer look this week. They will be working alongside artist Alastair Price and Proffitts – Investing in Communities to learn more about the history of Waterfoot and of this site itself and turn their ideas into beautiful and unique designs which will be interpreted into permanent artwork for the site.

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Taster day at Stubbylee Park

Published on December 12, 2017 at 10:33 am

Are you over 25, looking for work and living in Bacup?  Do you want to get outside and learn new skills?

If so you might be interested in a new environmental project called MyPlace starting this week at Stubbylee Park.

It will see participants attend weekly sessions at the park, getting involved in practical conservation, bushcraft, mindfuness and other nature activities.

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Bin collection changes due to weather

Published on December 11, 2017 at 10:26 am

Due to the weather conditions, the waste and recycling teams were unable to complete all of last week’s collections.

The Council will be deploying additional resources tomorrow (Tuesday December 12) to catch up with these outstanding collections and would ask residents to leave their bins out for collection until we empty them.

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Council updates on plans to improve markets

Published on December 8, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Rossendale Council is looking at plans to improve the borough’s markets.

Councillor Andy MacNae, Executive Member for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism updated on plans via two videos issued on the Council’s social media channels.

Watch the videos here:

Rossendale markets plans

Councillor Andy MacNae, Executive Member for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism announces plans to look at improving Rossendale's markets.

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Countdown to Christmas with the ‘12 Days of Christmas Kindness’ campaign

Published on December 7, 2017 at 11:59 am

Rossendale residents are being encouraged to pledge and perform random acts of kindness as part of a community campaign: ‘12 Days of Christmas Kindness.’

Community development programme Lancashire Time Credits, in partnership with Rossendale Borough Council’s ‘Living Well Living Better’ project, is launching the campaign, to support those in the community during the festive period, a time of year when many people can feel particularly lonely and isolated.

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Draft plan for a Healthier Future in Pennine Lancashire published

Published on December 5, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Health and care chiefs in Pennine Lancashire have today published a draft plan for health and care services in the area.

The draft plan is a blueprint to improve the health of people living in Pennine Lancashire (which covers Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire), as well as improving health and care services in the area.

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Pennine Lancashire chosen to trail-blaze new ways of transforming the way sport and activity is offered in England

Published on December 5, 2017 at 9:36 am

  • It’s one of 12 places selected to work on a ground-breaking new approach to tackle inactivity in communities
  • Around £100 million of National Lottery funding will be allocated to the 12 over four years
  • Encouraging better collaboration between a wider range of local organisations including voluntary groups, social enterprises, local authorities, faith organisations, schools, GPs and parenting groups

Pennine Lancashire has been chosen by Sport England as a pilot area to work with on a bold new approach to build healthier, more active communities across England.

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Changes announced to garden waste collection scheme

Published on December 1, 2017 at 10:00 am

Rossendale Borough Council is introducing changes to the garden waste collection service.

From March 2018 the fortnightly service will be provided on a subscription basis and will be charged at £35.

The move is the result of cuts introduced by central government and the decision by Lancashire County Council to reduce its support for recycling services by more than £500,000.

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