Yearly Archives: 2018

Support to help people with disabilities stay in their own home

Published on September 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Disabled people in Rossendale could receive more financial support if they need to adapt their house or install specialist equipment.

Councillors have agreed to use discretionary powers which will help some residents meet the substantial cost of making these alterations.

It means that the maximum disabled facilities grant a household could receive will be increased from £30,000 to £60,000.

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Make sure you have a voice

Published on September 14, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Rossendale residents are being encouraged to return their household enquiry form.

The form ensures that Rossendale 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.

With local elections taking place in Rossendale in May 2019, it is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can vote and have their say on matters that affect them.

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Former town hall opens its doors following restoration 

Published on September 14, 2018 at 11:42 am

People can have a look round the renovated Rawtenstall Town Hall.

The RTB Partnership is inviting members of the public to take a free tour of the building before it is handed over to housing provider Together Housing.

After lying empty for more than ten years, the former town hall has been restored to create modern office space in a stunning historic setting.

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First World War 100th anniversary concert

Published on September 14, 2018 at 10:36 am

People can say “thank you” to the First World War generation at Rossendale Council’s annual Festival of Remembrance Concert.

The event takes place at St Peter’s Church, Haslingden, at 3pm on November 4. It will feature Haslingden Concert Band and the Veterans In Communities Singing Group.

The Mayor of Rossendale, Councillor Ann Kenyon, will attend.

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Have your say on NHS policies

Published on September 13, 2018 at 4:13 pm

NHS East Lancashire and NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are working in partnership with the other six CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria to review clinical policies across the region.

The eight CCGs across Lancashire and South Cumbria have all agreed that there is a need to review their policies to: ensure a consistent and fair approach across the region; update current policies in accordance with National Guidelines and best clinical practice and to make sure it is using its limited resources to maximum effect.

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Council publishes report on excess winter deaths

Published on September 13, 2018 at 10:43 am

The council has published a report on excess winter deaths in the borough.

It has found that the rate of excess winter deaths is not significantly higher than that across England but recommends closer partnership working to tackle the issue.

A group of five Rossendale councillors was convened earlier this year to look into the issue.

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Former Dragons’ Den star launches Invest in Rossendale

Published on September 10, 2018 at 5:15 pm

A dragon returned to his roots to breathe fire into a new initiative to support, promote and boost businesses in Rossendale.

The Rossendale Council-led scheme Invest in Rossendale was launched at The Riverside in Whitworth by Bacup-born Piers Linney.

An audience of 180 people listened intently as Piers outlined his career from failing his 11-plus to succeeding as a millionaire investor.

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Help to improve your local community

Published on September 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm

People are being urged to have their say on improving their neighbourhoods.

Rossendale’s four community partnerships for Bacup, Haslingden, Rawtenstall and Whitworth are producing community action plans for their local areas.

Each plan will have six themes: community safety, environment, leisure, health and wellbeing, transport and the local economy.

The partnerships have begun getting people to tell them what they like about their neighbourhoods, what needs to change and how these changes could take place.

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Adrian is on his marks for the Great North Run

Published on September 7, 2018 at 11:00 am

A council worker is taking on the world’s largest half marathon in aid of charity.

Adrian Smith, principal planning officer for Rossendale Council, we be among the 57,000 runners taking part in the Great North Run on Sunday (September 9).

He is raising money for Open Doors which supports Christians around the world who have been persecuted for their faith, providing vital aid and support to displaced families.

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Rushcart celebration brings out the crowds

Published on September 6, 2018 at 11:58 am

The sun shone on the crowds at the annual Whitworth rushcart celebration.

The traditional procession led by the rushcart featured numerous morris dance troupes, including the famous Britannia Coconutters and the Whitworth Morris Men.

Whitworth’s rushcart history goes back hundreds of years to when rushes were taken to church on a cart.

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Council statement on land behind Futures Park

Published on September 6, 2018 at 9:44 am

As a landowner we take seriously our responsibility to manage our land safely.

It is not unusual to find some contamination on previously developed sites such as this. Any potential issues identified in consultants’ reports would need to be addressed as part of a remediation strategy when the site is developed, particularly through the planning application process.

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Visit to Stubbins paper mill

Published on September 5, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Rossendale Council’s economic development manager recently visited Essity paper mill in Stubbins.

Guy Darragh toured the historic mill and found out more about the company’s ongoing investment at the Stubbins Lane site.

Essity mill manager John Kirwin said:

There’s a lot of work going on at the mill. When Mr Darragh contacted us to ask about our future plans, I was very happy to invite him to see the investments we are making in upgrading our facilities as we look ahead to the future for the mill.

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Grants available to support local groups

Published on September 3, 2018 at 10:50 am

Grants of up to £750 are available to help provide activities for children, young people and families.

The deadline for the latest round of applications to the Rossendale Community Fund is October 8.

The fund was set up by Rossendale Borough Council in partnership with the Community Foundation for Lancashire. It offers grants to support projects which help children, young people and families people to get involved in community activities and learning.

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Ekah Foundation invests in Rossendale

Published on August 30, 2018 at 11:23 am

We are pleased to announce that the Rossendale-based Ekah Foundation has come on board as the sponsor of our Invest in Rossendale launch on September 6.

Dragons’ Den star Piers Linney is the guest speaker at the event at which takes palce at The Riverside, Whitworth, from 5pm to 8.30pm.

The foundation explains more about what it does and why it is backing Invest in Rossendale.

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Council urges residents to have say on Government’s fracking proposal

Published on August 24, 2018 at 4:34 pm

Residents are being urged to take part in Government consultation on plans to allow exploratory fracking to go ahead without planning permission.

The proposals would designate exploratory drilling for shale gas as a new form of permitted development. This means that planning consent would not be required, taking the decision out of the hands of local authorities.

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Council launches public consultation on Local Plan

Published on August 24, 2018 at 9:17 am

Rossendale Council has published the Rossendale Local Plan for consultation.  All the consultation documents and the online comments form are available to view online.

Paper copies can be viewed at the One Stop Shop at Futures Park Monday to Friday, 8.45am-5pm (except Tuesdays from 9.15pm to 5pm), and at all libraries in Rossendale during normal opening hours, as well as at Crawshawbooth Village Centre.

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Get free digital skills at Google workshops

Published on August 23, 2018 at 1:01 pm

Rossendale businesses can boost their digital skills at a free event hosted by Rossendale Council and Google Digital Garage at Futures Park, Bacup, on September 27.

Four workshops will take place during the day covering the topics: how to build a digital marketing plan, an introduction to digital advertising, social media strategy and writing for social media.

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New hope for the long-term future of Stubbylee Hall

Published on August 21, 2018 at 2:45 pm

A local charity is to look at the future options for an historic Bacup hall.

Valley Heritage won the tender to work with Rossendale Council on a project to identify possible long-term uses for Stubbylee Hall and potential funding sources for improvements and restoration.

The Grade II listed hall in Stubbylee Park was built in 1808 for the Holt Family who lived there until 1911.

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New film ‘lifts lid’ on recycling dos and don’ts

Published on August 21, 2018 at 11:26 am

Do you ever get confused over what plastic items you can and can’t recycle?

Councillor Jackie Oakes and local volunteer Darren Ashworth have the answers for you in this new film:

Plastics recycling – dos and don'ts

Our new video featuring Councillor Jackie Oakes gives you some useful pointers on what plastics you can and can't recycle

Posted by Rossendale Borough Council Environmental Services on Friday, 17 August 2018

 

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Update on Horncliffe House

Published on August 17, 2018 at 12:57 pm

Councillor Christine Lamb, Portfolio Holder for Regulatory Services, said:

The protection and care of this site falls to the current owners who we are communicating with. It has had multiple owners all of which have had various intentions for it however, despite repeated suggestions and requests to make it more secure, little has been done leading to the site continuing to be the target of vandalism.

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Council removes eyesore hoardings erected by developer

Published on August 17, 2018 at 11:10 am

Rossendale Council has stepped in to remove dilapidated advertising hoardings from a conservation area in Rawtenstall.

It appointed a contractor to demolish the hoardings and four flagpoles at Holly Mount House in Rawtenstall.

They were erected by developer Westby Homes when it converted the Grade II Listed building in St Mary’s Way into apartments.

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NHS seeks views on local community services

Published on August 16, 2018 at 2:11 pm

The NHS in East Lancashire is seeking the views of people via a new survey, whether they are patients, carers, or health professionals who use adult community nursing services.

NHS East Lancashire CCG wishes to hear from people who have used the following local health services:

  • District Nursing – This is a service for patients who are unable to visit a GP or health centre and need nursing care at home
  • Domiciliary Phlebotomy – This is routine blood testing for patients who are confined to their home due to illness or disability
  • Tissue Viability – This is a specialist service provided by nurses who treat and improve the healing of wounds

The aim of the survey is to help understand what people think of those services and to help services to see where improvements can be made.

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Bacup THI Board statement

Published on August 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm

In July members of the Bacup THI Board, Councillor Jackie Oakes, Acting Chair, and Councillor Jimmy Eaton wrote a letter to Lancashire County Council regarding the Coronation fountain in Bacup.

The THI Board was seeking to confirm whether LCC would consider taking responsibility for annual maintenance costs if funding could be raised for the restoration of the fountain.

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Summer holidays don’t have to spell unhealthy habits

Published on August 9, 2018 at 9:47 am

The school summer holidays are a chance to relax, sleep in and enjoy a break from homework but it’s best to maintain some routines to stay healthy and avoid a ‘shock to the system’ come September.

Dr Preeti Shukla, Clinical Lead,  said:

Routines such as regular bedtimes and mealtimes are important for keeping your children on the right learning path.

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Councillor to sleep out for charity

Published on August 8, 2018 at 1:09 pm

A Rossendale councillor will be sleeping outside as part of a charity event to raise awareness of homelessness.

Councillor Steve Hughes, Chair of Rossendale Council’s Licensing Committee, will be taking part in the CEO Sleepout on Monday, October 15 in a bid to raise money for charities helping in the fight against homelessness and poverty.

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Statement on car issue in Rawtenstall

Published on August 7, 2018 at 10:29 am

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of Rossendale Council, has issued the following statement after residents raised concerns around people racing cars in Rawtenstall:

We have been made aware by concerned residents about an issue in Rawtenstall of people racing cars very late and loudly through the town centre, which is obviously highly dangerous and completely unacceptable.

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Give rogue doorstep callers the cold shoulder

Published on August 3, 2018 at 4:38 pm

People are being warned to be careful when dealing with businesses selling goods or services on the doorstep following reports of cold callers operating in the area.

While some businesses which operate by cold calling are legitimate, others are not.

Trading Standards services across the country see too many reports from victims who have been ripped off by rogue doorstep callers.

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Local Plan update: map published

Published on August 2, 2018 at 4:37 pm

Following requests from residents Rossendale Council has published a map of the proposed allocation of a stopover site for Travellers at Futures Park in Bacup.

View the map here

The Leader of Rossendale Council, Councillor Alyson Barnes, has this week written to the Government to seek clarification on the legislation requiring all Councils to identify what traveller sites are needed across Local Authority areas as part of the production of a Local Plan.

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Leader statement on Local Plan

Published on August 2, 2018 at 7:17 am

The Leader of Rossendale Council, Councillor Alyson Barnes, has this week written to the Government to seek clarification on the legislation requiring all Councils to identify what traveller sites are needed across Local Authority areas, as part of the production of a Local Plan.

The request follows public comments made by Jake Berry MP – Minister of State for the Northern Powerhouse that: “any formal transit provision for Gypsy/Travellers in Rossendale is unnecessary” and that the Council should “scrap their plans for such a site.”

Councillor Barnes said:

I have written to the Secretary of State to seek clarification on the legislation and to ask for any support available.

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Taxi operators fined

Published on August 1, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Two taxi operators have been fined in separate cases for failing to comply with notices to return expired Hackney Carriage vehicle plates to Rossendale Council.

Yorkshire Hire Limited and Muhammed Nabeel Ahmed were sentenced at Burnley Magistrates Court on July 26th.

The offences occurred earlier this year under section 58 (1) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 which covers the return of identification plate or disc on revocation or expiry of licence.

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Update on Local Plan

Published on July 31, 2018 at 3:17 pm

Rossendale Council has today issued the following statement:

We are aware of the intense public debate being generated around the proposed allocation of a stopover site for Travellers at Futures Park in Bacup, as instructed by the Government as part of our Local Plan.

We are committed to being transparent and working with the public on this with a full 6-week public consultation scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 23rd – which we will fully publicise.

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Dragon returns to his former den for business event

Published on July 30, 2018 at 9:43 am

Dragons’ Den star Piers Linney will return to the place which “moulded” him to officially launch an initiative to promote Rossendale as an attractive location for businesses.

The entrepreneur, who attended Fearns School in Bacup, began his career delivering newspapers in the borough.

He is now a director at the Government-owned British Business Bank, which has invested billions in small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK, and champions small businesses.

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Don’t flush signs of cancer down the toilet

Published on July 27, 2018 at 12:08 pm

People in Rossendale are being urged to visit their doctor if they spot blood in their pee.

Public Health England has launched the new Be Clear on Cancer campaign in Lancashire to highlight blood in pee as a key symptom of bladder and kidney cancers.

The campaign encourages everyone to “look before they flush” and visit their GP without delay if they notice blood in their pee, even if it’s just once as blood may not appear every time.

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Lottery boost for former church

Published on July 25, 2018 at 11:52 am

The council has welcomed a £10,000 lottery grant to help transform a former church in the heart of Bacup into a heritage, arts and cultural centre.

Local heritage charity CAST has secured the funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to breathe new life into St John the Evangelist Church, Burnley Road.

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Grab a bite in Haslingden this weekend

Published on July 24, 2018 at 5:21 pm

There will be a feast of delights for food lovers at Haslingden Market on Saturday (July 28).

Grab a Bite, Rossendale’s first street food festival, takes place from 11am to 3pm.

It has been supported by Rossendale Council and attractions include cookery demonstrations, food tasting and samples, curry making, children’s entertainment and henna and face painting.

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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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