Yearly Archives: 2018

Spa set to open at Rawtenstall’s Spinning Point development

Published on July 23, 2018 at 2:44 pm

A state of the art spa is set to open in Rossendale as part of Rawtenstall’s multi-million pound regeneration.

Rossendale Council has unveiled its preferred option for phase two of the Spinning Point development, as well as outlining its future vision for the town centre.

The leisure-driven development on the former Valley Centre site will include:

  • A spa
  • An 80 bedroom hotel with restaurant
  • A number of two bedroom apartments
  • A selection of retail/food and beverage units intended to be a good mixture of local independent shops and national chains.

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Redevelopment work gets underway at Ski Rossendale

Published on July 20, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Builders have moved on site at Ski Rossendale this week as the next phase of the Rawtenstall-based outdoor ski centre’s exciting redevelopment plans get underway.

As part of the latest work the facility’s existing reception, toilets and ski hire will be demolished and replaced with a purpose-built ski centre building which will provide an improved 35-seat café/bistro and elevated outdoor viewing area with further seating available.

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Water blooming marvellous idea

Published on July 20, 2018 at 12:10 pm

A charity which has been honoured by the Queen has risen to the challenge of keeping Rawtenstall looking blooming marvellous during the heatwave.

Civic Pride (Rossendale) has bought a submersible pump to draw water from Limey Water at Rawtenstall to help keep the town’s floral displays in tip top condition.

Rawtenstall’s award-winning community gardens and hanging baskets are planted and maintained by the charity which is made up entirely of volunteers.

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Retired Governor receives Rossendale Roll of Honour

Published on July 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm

A retired Rossendale Chair of Governors was presented with a Roll of Honour Special Achievement Award at Rossendale Council’s main Council Meeting recently.

Peter Sweetmore retired earlier this year after 25 years of service to Tor View Community Special School in Haslingden where he was Chairman of Governors and also Chairman of The View Trust.

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Bacup THI Board statement

Published on July 16, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Councillor Jackie Oakes, Acting Chair Bacup THI Board, and Councillor Jimmy Eaton have today issued this letter to Lancashire County Council:

You will be aware of the much anticipated public realm and highways works that have now commenced in Bacup. This has brought renewed focus on the former fountain which is at the centre of the town centre and whether this could be restored to be a water feature or alternatively enhanced with smart lighting to give a similar appearance to water.

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Jobs success for dad after volunteering on council scheme

Published on July 16, 2018 at 11:01 am

A council employment programme has secured its first success with Shane Goodier securing a full-time job after working with a business as a volunteer.

Father-of-five Shane, 39, from Bacup, was introduced to Rossendale Borough Council’s Employability Officer Paul Becouaran on one of his visits to the JobCentre. He would walk from Bacup to Rawtenstall to sign on.

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Spinning Point in the news

Published on July 13, 2018 at 2:52 pm

The council’s multi-million pound redevelopment of Rawtenstall has made the headlines.

A feature on the Spinning Point development appears on Place North West, the news website for property and regeneration professionals in the region.

Spinning Point includes the demolition of the former police station, the restoration of the town hall and a new bus station.

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Electoral Register – Annual Canvass 2018

Published on July 13, 2018 at 12:29 pm

Don’t lose your voice, look out for your household enquiry form in the next couple of weeks.

Rossendale residents will soon be receiving their annual household enquiry form which ensures that Rossendale Borough Council can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

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Careers fair attracts hundreds

Published on July 13, 2018 at 12:26 pm

Hundreds of people attended an event to showcase the range of jobs and careers in the borough.

The day-long Rossendale Works skills and employability fair was hailed a success with 57 businesses and organisations setting up stalls.

It was organised by Rossendale Council with careers organisation Inspira, local schools and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) skills and employment hub.

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Project wins award for “outstanding” work to tackle loneliness

Published on July 13, 2018 at 9:53 am

A project to tackle loneliness in innovative ways in Rossendale has been honoured.

Living Well Living Better received an award for outstanding locality work at the recent East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group Awards.

Rossendale Council was chosen by the Government in 2016 to receive funding to pilot new ways of improving the health and wellbeing of local communities.

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Local Plan update

Published on July 13, 2018 at 9:50 am

Councillors have agreed for the latest draft of its 15 year local plan to go out to consultation.

The Council approved the report which gives permission to start the consultation but made two amendments.

The recommendations added to the report before it was given the green light were:

  • That this Council ask the Planning Inspector to give full and due consideration to the local community plan in relation to Edenfield.

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Sun shines on Whitworth funday

Published on July 11, 2018 at 2:46 pm

There was plenty of fun in the sun at the annual Whitworth Family Funday.

Attractions at the Riverside car park included funfair rides and games, a rodeo bull, ice cream and candy floss.

Dancers from Samba Dance and Fitness entertained visitors and there was range of fundraising and craft stalls.

The planned dog show was cancelled because of the heat but RRG Toyota Rochdale still brought along an Aygo car covered in paw prints.

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Update on travel problems in Bacup

Published on July 11, 2018 at 1:20 pm

Lancashire County Council has issued an update following yesterday’s (July 10) travel delays in the Bacup roadworks.

A spokesman for the county council said:

One of our highways engineers went to the site as soon as we were aware of the problems and worked with the contractor to scale back the traffic management to allow traffic to flow more freely.

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Northern Grip hailed a success

Published on July 11, 2018 at 10:30 am

Northern Grip, a premier mountain biking festival which attracts hundreds of people from across the country to the borough, has been hailed a huge success.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council, attended the festival with fellow Cabinet member Councillor Jackie Oakes.

Councillor Barnes said:

“I am delighted Northern Grip went so well again.

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Statement about disruption caused by roadworks in Bacup

Published on July 10, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of Rossendale Council, said:

It is disappointing that drivers have suffered such delays and disruption, and we will be raising the issue with Lancashire County Council.

These roadworks are a necessary part of our £2 million Townscape Heritage Initiative to improve Bacup town centre for residents, businesses and visitors.

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Britannia rules the cycle ways

Published on July 9, 2018 at 5:10 pm

Bacup celebrated the official opening of the Britannia Greenway on Saturday (July 7), part of a major new cycling and walking route being developed to link areas throughout East Lancashire.

Local people gathered to process along the 1km route from New Line Picnic Site on their bikes, horses, scooters and on foot following a ribbon cutting.

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Rates boost for Rossendale businesses

Published on July 6, 2018 at 11:30 am

Businesses with up to 250 employees could receive a discount of up to 100 per cent on their annual rates to help create more jobs in the borough

Rossendale Council has introduced a new three-year relief scheme for National Non-Domestic Rates – what people know as businesses rates – for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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Employability fair is just the job

Published on July 5, 2018 at 3:04 pm

People who are looking for a job or want to improve their prospects can attend an employability and skills fair organised by Rossendale Council.

They will be able to speak to around 50 local companies and voluntary organisations at the Rossendale Works event on Tuesday (July 10).

The event at The Adrenaline Centre, Haslingden, is open to the public from 2pm to 5pm.

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Happy birthday NHS

Published on July 5, 2018 at 2:43 pm

To mark this special day, Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council, said:

“The NHS is a superb institution and, at its best, is the best healthcare system in the world. I am very proud that healthcare is free at the point of use in this country. We should cherish it and fight for it.

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Stop Press! School newspaper makes the headlines

Published on July 5, 2018 at 11:51 am

Congratulations to pupils from Fearns Community Sports College whose school newspaper has been named the best in the UK.

Fearns Chat, which is written and designed by pupils, also won the award for the best newspaper front page at the national Shine School Media Awards.

The 16-page newspaper has been produced by the Stacksteads school since 2009.

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Celebration event in Bacup will welcome new cycleway

Published on July 3, 2018 at 2:40 pm

A fun event is being held in Bacup to celebrate the opening of the Britannia Greenway, part of a major new cycling and walking route being developed to link areas throughout East Lancashire.

It marks the completion of the first section of the Valley of Stone route, one of four routes which make up the East Lancashire Strategic Cycleway project.

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New ‘how to’ guides available for property advice

Published on July 2, 2018 at 3:30 pm

New online ‘how to’ guides have been published to give tenants, landlords and leaseholders in Rossendale all the information they need to safely rent or lease a property.

The ‘how to’ series is published on the Government website and comprises various checklists describing how to let, how to lease, how to rent and how to rent a safe home.

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Unsung heroes honoured at awards ceremony

Published on June 29, 2018 at 10:09 am

Groups and individuals doing outstanding work to tackle loneliness and isolation in Rossendale were honoured at an awards ceremony.

A community cafe, a luncheon club, a toddler group and community greenhouses were among those recognised at the Living Well Living Better Awards at the Riverside Centre, Whitworth.

Honours were handed out in four categories:  most innovative project of the year, volunteer of the year,  group/organisation of the year and lasting contribution.

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Conservation area proposals could unlock funding for Haslingden

Published on June 28, 2018 at 11:19 am

A proposal has been unveiled to create a conservation area in Haslingden town centre which could unlock regeneration funding.

The Haslingden Conservation Area would roughly form a corridor along Manchester Road, Blackburn Road, Helmshore Road, Deardengate and Church Street.

The proposal will go before Rossendale Council’s cabinet committee on July 4 for approval.

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Next phase of work to improve Bacup town centre set to begin

Published on June 27, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Work will start in July to enhance the centre of Bacup. Smart new paving and improved pedestrian facilities are planned as part of the next phase of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) gets underway.

It will see pavements in and around St James Square upgraded with high-quality York stone, roads resurfaced and three new zebra crossings installed.

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New blog: Latest update from CAST

Published on June 27, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Community Asset s Standing Tall (CAST) is a regeneration charity dedicated to the well-being of communities and preservation of heritage in Rossendale. In this new blog, Jenna Tague, updates on the Great Get Together which the team attended.

CAST had a lovely day at the Great Get Together last Saturday (June 23).

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Residents fined for waste in back yards

Published on June 27, 2018 at 11:56 am

Two residents who failed to clear waste from their back yards which could attract rats and mice have been prosecuted by Rossendale Council.

Peter Hepworth was fined £660 after an environmental enforcement officer found piles of foul-smelling black bags behind his house in Manchester Road, Haslingden, on February 7 this year.

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Countdown on to Rawtenstall Annual Fair

Published on June 26, 2018 at 11:08 am

Roll up, roll up for a host of entertainment at Rawtenstall Annual Fair.

The free celebration of  traditional dialect, song and dance takes place at Whitaker Park from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday, July 7.

Performers include Chorley Cakes Ceilidh Band, The Tin Pot Poets, Lancashire dialect performer Sid Calderbank and The Well Dressed Gentleman with their toe-tapping songs from jazz age and roaring twenties.

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Taxi driver fined for smoking in vehicle

Published on June 21, 2018 at 11:27 am

A taxi driver who was caught smoking in his vehicle in Waterfoot has been fined £100 and ordered to pay £150 costs by magistrates.

Adam Sharif Judge, 24, was spotted smoking in the driver’s seat of his hackney carriage in Bacup Road by licensing enforcement officers from Rossendale Council on February 14 this year.

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Council welcomes Air Quality Report

Published on June 21, 2018 at 8:54 am

Rossendale Council has welcomed a new report aimed at tackling air pollution in the region.

The collective report Reducing deaths and ill-health caused by poor air quality in Lancashire and Cumbria is backed by the four directors of Public Health responsible for Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire, Cumbria and Blackpool and is designed to highlight issues around poor air quality.

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Tenders sought for Rawtenstall Market

Published on June 19, 2018 at 3:34 pm

Tenders are sought for a partner to refurbish and run Rawtenstall Market.

Rossendale Council is advertising the tender which aims to maintain the traditional market, fund an extensive refurbishment and develop new, attractive offers such a specialist events.

This will be done in partnership with existing traders to attract more shoppers to the market and increase business for everyone.

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More Bacup buildings given a facelift

Published on June 19, 2018 at 3:30 pm

What a difference 14 months has made to Bacup town centre.

A total of 13 shopfronts have had a facelift in the latest phase of the Township Heritage Initiative (THI) to transform the area.

Rossendale Council received £1.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2013 for the five-year project to regenerate the town centre by restoring and refurbishing shopfronts, bringing vacant floor space back into use and making improvements for pedestrians.

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Takeaway owner fined

Published on June 18, 2018 at 5:01 pm

A takeaway owner will have to pay a total of £2,028 after inspectors found dangerous equipment at Pizza Time Express in Whitworth.

Hazim Alsaedi, 45, of Carlington Road, Blackburn, had been found guilty of three health and safety offences at a previous hearing.

He was fined £480 and ordered to pay £1,500 costs and a £48 victim surcharge when he appeared at Burnley Magistrates’ Court for sentencing.

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Council update on Spinning Point stopping up order

Published on June 15, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Rossendale Council has released a further update on discussions around the stopping up order needed for the Spinning Point development.

 Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council, said:  

“I am very pleased to say we are making really positive progress with the Royal Mail on the stopping up order. I have actively been seeking to meet with the chief executive of Royal Mail to thrash out a deal and I am pleased to report we have nearly reached a compromise which all parties can agree.

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Get on your bike for off road thrills

Published on June 15, 2018 at 3:25 pm

Cyclists can test their off road skills at free taster sessions at the Stubbylee Park pump track.

Sessions take place at 4pm every Tuesday until the end of July. Bikes and helmets can be provided free of charge; participants need to bring a drink and wear suitable clothes and footwear.

For more information ring 07545 734361 and leave a message or email jameskenyon@newground.co.uk.

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Pupils to report from careers fair

Published on June 14, 2018 at 4:26 pm

Pupils will become reporters for the day when they attend a careers, employability and skills fair organised by Rossendale Council.

The eight students will interview businesses, take photos and use social media to promote Rossendale Works which takes place at The Adrenaline Centre, Haslingden, on July 10.

Journalist and PR specialist Catherine Smyth is managing the team of Year 7s from All Saints’ Catholic High School, Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, Fearns Community Sports College and Whitworth Community High School.

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Keeping visitors to Rawtenstall posted

Published on June 14, 2018 at 10:07 am

The traditional fingerposts in Rawtenstall town centre are to be refurbished and three new posts installed.

The town has eight of the cast iron signposts which direct people to attractions such as the East Lancashire Railway (ELR), the ski slope, shops, the market and other tourist attractions.

But some posts are in a poor state of repair with fingers pointing the wrong way or to places that no longer exist, broken fingers and illegible text.

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Make a date for Whitworth’s rushcart celebration

Published on June 13, 2018 at 4:58 pm

Whitworth’s traditional rushcart celebration will take place on September 2.

The annual procession – one of only four still held in the UK – starts at Whitworth Museum, North Street, at 1pm.

It will feature traditional morris dance troupes including the famous Britannia Coconutters and the Whitworth Morris Men.

The procession led by the rushcart will travel along Market Street before arriving at The Riverside at approximately 1.20pm.

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Carnival fun for Bacup and Stacksteads

Published on June 11, 2018 at 1:45 pm

The annual Bacup and Stacksteads carnival takes place on June 24 – with organisers promising that it will be a spectacular event.

The carnival parade starts at 11am at Broadclough Mills, Burnley Road, with floats and walkers making their way through Bacup before heading to Stubbylee and Moorlands Park.

Attractions in the park will include live music, dancing and stalls, with the event running until around 4pm.

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A smear is nothing to fear

Published on June 11, 2018 at 10:26 am

Women are being urged to have their first smear test at the age of 25 to help prevent cervical cancer.

East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is promoting the 25 It’s Time campaign during Cervical Cancer Screening Week (June 11 to 17).

Women aged 25 to 30 are less likely than older women to accept an invitation for vital screening to find abnormal cells in the cervix – even though cervical cancer is more common in younger women.

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NHS seeks views of hearing aid users 

Published on June 8, 2018 at 4:53 pm

The views and experiences of people in Lancashire who use an NHS hearing aid are being sought to help improve the service they receive.

Local Clinical Commissioning Groups have launched a survey which is aimed at over 50s with age-related hearing loss.

Audiology specialist and GP Dr Adam Black said:

Our vision is for people with age-related hearing problems to receive high quality, efficient services delivered closer to home with short waiting times which are highly responsive to their needs

The survey doesn’t take much time to complete, is confidential and will help us understand what people who use NHS hearing aid services think about those services.

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Ceremony to support Armed Forces Day

Published on June 7, 2018 at 12:27 pm

A flag raising ceremony will be held in St Mary’s Gardens, Rawtenstall, to support Armed Forces Day.

It takes place at 10am on Monday, June 25, when a short service will be led by Rev Chris Casey from St Paul’s Church.

The Mayor of Rossendale, Councillor Ann Kenyon, will attend with the Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire Hazel Harding.

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Let’s get together

Published on June 6, 2018 at 10:55 am

People can have a say on improving their local area with the launch of four Community Partnerships.

The Community Partnerships for Bacup, Haslingden, Rawtenstall and Whitworth replace Rossendale Council’s Neighbourhood Forums which were set up ten years ago.

The partnerships will have a greater focus on how communities can work with Rossendale and Lancashire councils, the police, voluntary groups and others to make positive changes in their areas.

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Council welcomes devolution deal progress

Published on June 5, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Leaders across Lancashire are back in discussions with Government ministers over a devolution deal after a positive meeting.

Fourteen of the 15 Lancashire councils, of which Rossendale is one, agreed to form a ‘Lancashire Leaders’ partnership, which will see them look to strike a deal with Government, which could devolve power and money from Whitehall.

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Derelict Bacup building set for improvement

Published on June 4, 2018 at 2:29 pm

The owners of the rundown former Woolworths store in Bacup have six months to improve its condition.

Christopher and Pauline Murphy withdrew an appeal against a legal notice issued by Rossendale Council requiring them to carry out work to the building in St James Square.

Rossendale Council originally issued a section 215 maintenance notice in October 2017 because the building’s condition is adversely affecting the amenity of the area.

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Rossendale apprentice wins top awards

Published on June 4, 2018 at 11:28 am

An apprentice joiner who has overcome adversity took the top honour at an industry awards ceremony hosted by celebrity gardener Charlie Dimmock.

Jack Slicox, an apprentice with Waterfoot-based construction firm B&E Boys, was diagnosed with the developmental co-ordination disorder dyspraxia while at secondary school.

But with the support of his teachers and family – and his own determination – he studied at weekends, evenings and during his holidays to achieve eight GCSEs.

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Protecting your plate in Rossendale

Published on June 4, 2018 at 10:54 am

Rossendale Council is celebrating the people who make sure that the borough’s restaurants, takeaways, burger vans and more are up to scratch.

We are supporting National Food Safety Week (June 4 to 10) which this year is thanking the council environmental health officers who inspect local food businesses to ensure hygiene standards are met.

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Nomination deadline extended for awards ceremony

Published on May 29, 2018 at 11:02 am

There is now even more time to nominate people and groups who are tackling loneliness and isolation in Rossendale for recognition.

The deadline for nominations for the Living Well Living Better Awards has been extended to Friday (June 1) because of demand.

Rossendale was one of the local authorities chosen by the Government in 2016 to receive funding to pilot new ways of improving the health and wellbeing of local communities.

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Council backs LGA calls over taxi licensing

Published on May 25, 2018 at 3:38 pm

Rossendale Council has backed the Local Government Association’s call for government to tighten up laws around taxi licensing.

The LGA has released the following statement in which it once again calls for legislators to update Britain’s outdated and unfit-for-purpose licensing laws for taxis.

Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Operations which includes Public Protection, said:

As we made clear in our response to the Times piece yesterday, we have some of the most stringent licensing policies in the country which we started to introduce since 2016.

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Nominate now

Published on May 25, 2018 at 12:41 pm

Today (Friday, May 25) is the last chance to nominate people and groups who are tackling loneliness and isolation in Rossendale.

An awards ceremony will be held next month to celebrate those who have taken part in the Living Well Living Better project.

Rossendale was one of the local authorities chosen by the Government in 2016 to receive funding to pilot new ways of improving the health and wellbeing of local communities.

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Miles and miles of fun

Published on May 25, 2018 at 12:08 pm

Pupils, council workers and members of the public in Rossendale literally went the extra mile to help take Lancashire around the world.

They took part in the Your Mile Your Way Challenge to complete a mile any way they could – from walking, running, swimming and cycling to dancing or even hula hooping.

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Stubbylee Park scoops Tesco Bags of Help funding for garden restoration

Published on May 23, 2018 at 4:28 pm

Stubbylee Park in Bacup is one of the latest groups to have made a successful bid to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to manage its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 10p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects, every 2 months.

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Council response to today’s Times article

Published on May 23, 2018 at 10:10 am

A Rossendale Council spokesperson said:

Our top priority as an authority which licenses taxis has always been the safety of passengers and drivers.

Our policies have always been based on national guidelines and the issues raised here – which are now more than two years old – have previously been thoroughly investigated and were unfounded.

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Top award for Rossendale housing development

Published on May 22, 2018 at 12:35 pm

A housing development on the site of a former mill in Cowpe has been crowned the best in the region.

Kearns Village was named the best small new housing development at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) North West Building Excellence Awards.

More than 600 people attended the ceremony to recognise technical excellence in building at Lancashire Country Cricket Club.

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Employability fair for pupils and public

Published on May 18, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Businesses are invited to showcase their job and career opportunities to potential employees – now and future – at the Rossendale Works employability and skills fair.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event, on Tuesday 10 July, at the Adrenaline sports centre in Helmshore Road, Haslingden.

More than 1,000 pupils aged 14 to 16 from Rossendale’s seven secondary schools will be there between 9am and 2pm to learn about the wide variety of possible careers in the Valley and the qualifications they will need to pursue them.

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Council leader praises volunteers and emergency services

Published on May 16, 2018 at 5:38 pm

The Leader of Rossendale Council has paid tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who worked tirelessly to deal with the Haslingden fire on Tuesday (May 15).

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council, said:

“We worked very closely with Lancashire Fire and Rescue, the police and Lancashire County Council  to deal with the Haslingden fire and its aftermath.

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Council statement regarding fire in Haslingden

Published on May 15, 2018 at 3:28 pm

Rossendale Council is working with Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Police and other agencies following a fire at the former FAB Furniture Shop at the end of Beaconsfield Street in Haslingden.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue were called to the building at 10.45pm

Five properties had to be vacated while firefighters tackled the blaze, there were no injuries.

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Update on Haslingden fire

Published on May 15, 2018 at 3:28 pm

Rossendale Council continues to support residents affected by last night’s fire as well as working with other agencies.

Arrangements have been made for all residents who had to leave their homes to go to Haslingden Community Link for rest and refreshments.

The fire gutted the building and contractors have been arranged to clear up the debris and also demolish the gable end to make the area safe.

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Council statement regarding Haslingden fire

Published on May 15, 2018 at 11:27 am

Rossendale Council is working with Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Police and other agencies following a fire at the former FAB Furniture Shop at the end of Beaconsfield Street in Haslingden.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue were called to the building at 10.45pm.

Five properties had to be vacated while firefighters tackled the blaze, there were no injuries.

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Help take Lancashire around the world

Published on May 14, 2018 at 12:27 pm

People in Rossendale are being encouraged to run, hop, skip, bounce, cycle, skate, swim or even cartwheel for a mile on Friday (May 18).

The aim is to get at least 24,901 people in Lancashire to take part in Your Mile Your Way challenge – and complete the amount of miles it would take to travel around the world.

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Ramadan and your health

Published on May 11, 2018 at 1:28 pm

Ramadan is an Islamic holy month where Muslims all over the world take part in fasting. This year Ramadan will be starting around 16 May, which means a longer period from dawn until dusk.

Doctors at NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging local residents to stay safe and well during this period.

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People invited to have their say on the future of Waterside Mill

Published on May 9, 2018 at 1:04 pm

Proposals are being unveiled to transform a derelict spinning mill which was ravaged by fire.

People can have their say on initial plans to restore and convert Waterside Mill in Bacup into apartments and business premises at a public consultation on May 17.

Rossendale Council has been working with Valley Heritage to find a sustainable solution for the 179-year-old building which has fallen into a severe state of disrepair since a major fire in 2003.

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Neighbourhood Forum approved

Published on May 9, 2018 at 9:32 am

Rossendale Council has approved the designation of Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum.

This means that the forum will be able to prepare a neighbourhood plan, a planning document created by local people to guide and shape the development and use of land in a set area.

Neighbourhood plans were introduced by the Localism Act which aims to give people and communities more say in decisions which affect them.

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Be stroke aware during May

Published on May 2, 2018 at 2:46 pm

People are being urged to think FAST to help limit the damage caused by a stroke.

Someone in the UK has a stroke every five minutes – that’s 100,000 people a year who could be left with serious long-term health problems or even die.

But acting quickly could help limit the damage which is why NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging people to know the signs to look for during Action on Stroke Month.

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Recognising innovative work to tackle loneliness

Published on April 27, 2018 at 3:15 pm

An awards ceremony will celebrate the outstanding work of groups and individuals to tackle loneliness and isolation in the borough.

Nominations are sought for the council’s Living Well Living Better Awards which will be held in June.

Rossendale was one of the local authorities chosen by the Government in 2016 to receive funding to pilot new ways of improving the health and wellbeing of local communities.

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Grants available to help keep your home warm next winter

Published on April 24, 2018 at 11:32 am

The weather may be turning warmer, but if your home has been cold over the winter or your heating bills have been sky high, now might be the time to apply for an Affordable Warmth Grant.

Rossendale Borough Council is working in partnership with MSV Homecare and Repair (formerly St Vincent’s) to offer the grants. 

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Go barking mad for family fun day

Published on April 23, 2018 at 4:05 pm

The popular Whitworth Family Fun Day and Dog Show takes place on July 8.

There will be lots of attractions including rides, inflatables, stalls, performances by local dancers, candy floss and ice cream.

Five fun titles will also be up for grabs in the dog show: waggiest tail, scruffiest mutt, cutest dog, perfect puppy and finest senior.

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Adrian rolls onto next running challenge

Published on April 19, 2018 at 1:05 pm

Running man Adrian Smith is gearing up for his latest challenge in aid of two charities which provide vital aid for vulnerable children and families.

The Bacup-based father-of-three has already raised £11,000 by completing a marathon in the Middle East and the legendary Great North Run half marathon from South Shields to Newcastle.

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Want to hold a street party? Advice and support is available

Published on April 17, 2018 at 3:35 pm

There is nothing like a good wedding to bring people together.

And help is at hand for neighbours, communities and groups who want to paint the borough red, white and blue to celebrate the royal wedding.

Rossendale Council’s communities team is providing support and guidance for people who want to throw a street party to mark Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day on May 19.

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Taxi driver loses licence appeal

Published on April 17, 2018 at 9:29 am

A taxi driver who allowed his children to travel in his car without booster seats has lost his appeal to keep his licence.

Basharat Hussain appealed Rossendale Council’s decision to revoke his hackney carriage licence but the appeal was dismissed by Burnley Crown Court.

Hussain, of Skipton, West Yorkshire, took his case to the Crown Court after Magistrates dismissed an appeal in September 2017.

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Help the Council’s scrutiny committee develop their work programme

Published on April 16, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Each year, it is the responsibility of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to select topics for inclusion and consideration in the annual work programme. Deciding the topics for the year is a key aspect of the overview and scrutiny process.

Find out more about scrutiny.

 

The aim of overview and scrutiny is to add value to the work of the Council and produce worthwhile outcomes for local people.

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Deadline to register to vote is approaching

Published on April 16, 2018 at 11:21 am

Voters in Rossendale are being urged to register in time for local elections in May.  If you are already registered to vote there is no need to re-register.

The elections take place on Thursday, May 3rd, and the deadline for receiving applications to register to vote is Tuesday, April 17th.

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Make a date to comply with data regulations

Published on April 13, 2018 at 1:31 pm

A free event is being held to help Rossendale businesses, charities and other organisations meet the requirements of new data privacy regulations.

Rossendale Council and Burnley College are holding the GDPR Express workshop on April 23. It is part of the Council’s Invest in Rossendale programme.

It takes place at Rossendale Council, Futures Park, Bacup, from 9am to noon and will include information from specialists on data privacy, cyber security, IT and mobile phone hardware recycling, data protection and digital marketing.

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Council delight at Hamer gold

Published on April 6, 2018 at 10:17 am

Rossendale Council is sending its warmest congratulations and best wishes to record breaking gold medal winner Tom Hamer.

The 19 year old from Rawtenstall races to glory in the S14 200m freestyle swimming event at this year’s Commonwealth Games.

The Mayor, Councillor Colin Crawforth, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled for Tom.

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New video of Rossendale artist Alan Birch

Published on April 3, 2018 at 3:12 pm

Rossendale based artist Alan Birch creates prints from his workshop at Prospect Studios in Waterfoot.

Alan’s one of many talented artists that live here in the valley.  Find out more about his work in this short video we made about him.

 

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Planning permission granted for next phase of Spinning Point

Published on March 29, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has granted planning permission for Phase two of the Spinning Point development.

A full planning application, for the redevelopment of the former Valley Centre site, was submitted by Rossendale Borough Council and Barnfield Investment Properties in December 2017.

Significant community consultation has taken place since December, with members of the public encouraged to view and comment on the proposals during three public information events, a’Facebook Live’ consultation; and presentations to local groups, Rawtenstall Chamber of Commerce and Rossendale Civic Trust.

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Haslingden consultation to launch next week

Published on March 29, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Following consultation under the Local Plan in 2017 Haslingden, which was one of 4 proposed new Conservation Areas for Rossendale, has now been progressed.

The proposed conservation area focuses around the historic core of Haslingden and is intended to protect this area of special architectural and historic interest and ensure positive future management.

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Go ‘coco-nuts’ this weekend in Rossendale!

Published on March 29, 2018 at 1:18 pm

A longstanding Easter tradition will be revived again this weekend as the Britannia Coconutters come out to play in Rossendale.

People from the valley and beyond are expected to line the streets as the famous ‘folk dance’ troupe visit 25 separate locations around Rossendale on East Saturday, March 31 accompanied by members of Stacksteads silver band.

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Rossendale ‘Works’ for local unemployed people

Published on March 29, 2018 at 12:40 pm

A new project from Rossendale Council and partners will see local unemployed people given the opportunity to find a pathway back to work through volunteering or taking part in regular sporting activities.

‘Rossendale Works’ will see the Council working with local partners Active Lancashire (previously Lancashire Sport) and the Department for Work and Pensions to target those over 18s in receipt of out of works benefits or those who are currently excluded from the jobs market.

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New rules for landlords on energy efficiency

Published on March 28, 2018 at 4:06 pm

Landlords in Rossendale will now have to meet minimum criteria around energy efficiency before they can rent properties, as a result of new rules that come into force next week.

From April 1, all rented homes in England and Wales must have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E.

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Civic Pride blog: The Great British Spring Clean

Published on March 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Civic Pride’s Roger Grimshaw updates on the Great British Spring Clean.

Good things come to those who wait, they say! The Beast from the East and its offspring may have delayed Civic Pride’s plans but they certainly didn’t stop the Great British Spring Clean!

Last Saturday saw 12 Civic Pride volunteers and 3 McDonalds staff fan out across Rawtenstall to clear 47 bags of rubbish plus other larger detritus including a car tyre, a freezer and even a crutch!

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Free advice and support available to local businesses

Published on March 26, 2018 at 4:23 pm

Rossendale Council is inviting even more local businesses to explore a range of free advice and support available through its recently established Economic Development team.

Whether you’re a new business or an established one looking to grow the Council can help. Available support includes: access to and help with applying for funding, bespoke property searches, help with expansion plans, the facilitating of strategic discussions, networking opportunities and more.

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Council call on recycling

Published on March 26, 2018 at 9:49 am

Rossendale Council wants everyone to be fantastic at their recycling to help reduce the amount of incorrect items entering the recycling process.

The Council is encouraging residents to take a fresh look at their recycling, making sure everything is going in the correct bin.

Your grey recycling bin is for paper and cardboard.

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New blog from Civic Pride: Winter weather, delayed spring clean up and more

Published on March 19, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Civic Pride’s Roger Grimshaw updates on what they have been doing the last couple of weeks and what is happening soon.

The Beast from the East may have delayed our contribution to the Great British Spring Cleanand son of the Beast arrived this weekend but undeterred we’ll be trying again on the weekend of March 24/25. 

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Leader unveils Haslingden investment plan

Published on March 19, 2018 at 12:41 pm

The Leader of Rossendale Council will update councillors on plans for new investment for Haslingden.

Councillor Alyson Barnes will outline the plans at Wednesday’s [March 21] meeting of full Council to bring in new money to improve the town.

You can find the full report on the Council’s website.

Councillor Barnes said:

“One of our major priorities as a Council has been to bring in new investment to improve our towns.

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