Yearly Archives: 2018

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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Statement on Bacup THI

Published on March 16, 2018 at 1:57 pm

Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism, said:
It has always been our intention to have a great centrepiece in Bacup. Since Lancashire County Council have confirmed that the Fountain must stay where it is the THI board is now focused on looking at ways of making the best use of it as the centrepiece for the THI public realm scheme.

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Update on Waterside Mill, Bacup

Published on March 14, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Councillor Christine Lamb, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Regulatory Services, said:

Waterside Mill is an important part of Bacup’s heritage but sadly has fallen in to serious disrepair so much so the site is very dangerous and many residents consider it an eyesore. We have worked closely with a range of partners over a number of years but despite much time, work and continued effort we have not yet been able to get to a position where there are firm plans for it to be brought back into use.

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Court hands down fines of over £19,000 for health and safety breach

Published on March 12, 2018 at 3:38 pm

A director of a food company was described as ‘cavalier’ in court after letting his staff use a dangerous machine without adequate safety guards.

Driss Bouzzid, a director of Driss Foods Ltd trading as Jo Jo’s in Waterfoot, Rossendale appeared at Burnley magistrates court on Friday (March 9).

The 55 year old resident of Waverley Road Blackburn pleaded guilty to two charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

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Dawn puts pen to paper for a good cause

Published on March 12, 2018 at 11:35 am

Rossendale Council employee and budding author, Dawn Ashworth has published her very own children’s story. The book called ‘The Story of Jimmy Mouse and of Course Tommy Cat’ tells the tale of an unlikely friendship.

The story was originally told to Dawn who works in the Parks Department, by her father when she was a child.

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Make sure you register to vote in time

Published on March 9, 2018 at 3:22 pm

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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Historic England withdraws objections to Spinning Point proposal

Published on March 7, 2018 at 5:55 pm

Historic England have confirmed they have withdrawn their objections to the proposals after seeing the revised plans.

Following a planning application submission by Rossendale Borough Council and Barnfield Investment Properties in December 2017, the design team met with Historic England to explore their concerns relating to the scale, mass and form of the building.

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Funding Available for Electric Vehicle Charging Points for Rossendale Businesses

Published on March 7, 2018 at 8:16 am

Rossendale Businesses are invited to apply for funding to install Electric Vehicle Charging points at their premises.

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) gives vouchers to businesses to support upfront purchase and installation costs for electric vehicle charging points. There is £300 available per socket available, which will need to be installed by an OLEV approved WCS contractor.

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Are you looking for practical help seeking employment?

Published on March 6, 2018 at 4:47 pm

If you are looking for long term employment and would like some help, you can contact the G4S ESF programme running in Rossendale and across Lancashire.

The programme runs every Wednesday at Rossendale Council Offices , Futures Park , Bacup at the “One Stop Shop” commencing Wednesday, March 7. Anyone can drop in and have an informal chat.

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Talented local artist gets set for exhibition at The Whitaker

Liam Spencer

Recently we spoke with Liam Spencer - Artist as part of our ongoing campaign to shout about the wealth of talented and creative people we have here in the borough. Here Liam talks about his inspiration and his upcoming exhibition The Whitaker - Rossendale Museum and Art Gallery

Posted by Rossendale Council on Friday, 2 March 2018
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Published on March 5, 2018 at 10:09 am

Local artist Liam Spencer has spoken about the things that inspire him and his upcoming exhibition at Rossendale’s Whitaker art gallery.

Liam who is based at Prospect Studios, a studio which he shares with two other artists, is well known particularly in Manchester for his urban paintings.

Since moving to Rossendale his work has also been influenced by the surrounding countryside and wildlife.

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Bad weather update as Council services resume

Published on March 2, 2018 at 10:37 am

Despite the ongoing bad weather Rossendale Council services are returning to action.

Waste collection crews have been back out this morning, Friday March 2. They are concentrating on main roads and primary gritting routes collecting the backlog from Wednesday, Thursday as well as today’s work.

Please leave bins/bags out for collection and they will be emptied as soon as possible.

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Weather disruption to Council services

Published on March 1, 2018 at 11:55 am

Due to the bad weather a number of Council services have been disrupted.

After trying to brave the elements yesterday, waste collection crews had to suspend refuse collections until Friday.

They will be resumed as soon as it is safe to do so when extra staff will be deployed to help with the backlog who will also remove any additional side waste left by residents.

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So what is the asset listing project?

Published on February 28, 2018 at 6:45 pm

In a new blog, Community Assets Standing Tall (CAST) trustee  Carl Bradshaw tells us what the Rossendale Heritage Listing project is and how you can get involved.

The aim of this project is to afford some protection to the heritage assets in our communities by registering them on the Community Asset Register.

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Snow update

Published on February 28, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Our waste collection crews worked hard this morning to get out and brave the elements to empty bins but unfortunately the wagons had to be pulled back to the depot due to heavy snow and worsening conditions. Collections have now been suspended.

We apologise for any inconvenience as this delay will affect the schedule for a number of days.

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How safe do you feel in your community?

Published on February 27, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Pennine Lancashire Community Safety Partnership want to know your experiences and perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour in Rossendale.

This will help them to prioritise your concerns through the activity of their members that includes Lancashire Constabulary, Rossendale Council, the National Probation service and Community Rehabilitation Company.

Anyone completing this questionnaire is doing so anonymously and your responses will be confidential with any information received being used in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act.

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Council releases update on Empty Homes project

Published on February 27, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Rossendale Council has released a further update on the Empty Homes project.

“We wanted to provide an update on the Empty Homes project as recently there has been a lot of concern raised locally around it, and rightly so – councillors and residents have been badly let down.

“There has also been misinformation about the project which we would like to address.

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Pupil’s winning design effort

Published on February 26, 2018 at 2:47 pm

A logo created by a pupil at Fearns Community Sports College in Stacksteads will be seen by thousands of people.

Rossendale Council asked the pupils to design a logo to promote Rossendale Works – a careers, employability and skills fair being organised at Haslingden Sports Centre on July 10.

Holly Duffy’s design features the words Rossendale Works in a circle and inside is a head with cogs inside the brain.

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Briefing for local elections candidates

Published on February 26, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Rossendale Council is holding a briefing session for anyone planning to stand as a candidate in this year’s local elections.

Rossendale Council elections take place on Thursday, May 3.

The pre-nomination briefing for prospective candidates and agents will be held in the Council Chamber, Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB, at 5.30pm on Monday, March 12

More details can be found on the Elections and voting page of the Council website

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Council welcomes Neighbourhood Forum plan

Published on February 26, 2018 at 9:06 am

Rossendale Council has welcomed an application from Edenfield residents to establish a Neighbourhood Forum.

Last week, a group of residents formally applied to the Council to start the process.

You can find more information about the application on the Council’s website. 

Responding to the news, Councillor Christine Lamb, whose portfolio oversees planning, said:

“As a Council, we welcome any process that allows the community to engage in important issues in their area.”

“We have been approached by a number of people in Edenfield who are investigating the option of establishing an Neighboirhood Forum with the longer term prospect of producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

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Councillor explains vote to crack down on rogue landlords

Rogue landlords

Rossendale Councillors have announced new powers to tackle rogue landlords. They will allow the Council to issue fines to landlords who do not honour their responsibilities to tenants and also to protect tenants from eviction or harassment. For example, if it will help tenants whose landlord tries to evict them for reporting issues that need repairing. Read more about the new powers here C1

Posted by Rossendale Council on Friday, 23 February 2018
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Published on February 23, 2018 at 5:20 pm

Councillors have voted to introduce new penalties to crack down on rogue landlords.

The new powers will allow the Council to fine landlords who do not take seriously their responsibilities to tenants. The money from the fines will then be used to improve housing standards across the borough.

The Council has also pledged to tackle landlords who harass or evict tenants unfairly.

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2018/19 budget update

Published on February 23, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Councillor Andrew Walmsley, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Customer Services, has updated on the latest budget position.

Councillors will meet next week to agree the budget for 18/19 including Council Tax rates – you can find papers here.

Councillor Walmsley said:

Following the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, February 21 a range of budget decisions have been recommended to full Council next week where a final decision will be made.

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Council leader welcomes Flying Scotsman visit

Published on February 23, 2018 at 12:10 pm

The Flying Scotsman is visiting Rawtenstall Station for its first public outing of 2018 on March 10 and 11.  You can find more details on East Lancashire Railway site

Welcoming the news that the famous locomotive is coming to the borough, Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council, said:

“I am really excited that the Flying Scotsman is visiting our borough.

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Former takeaway owner fined for health and safety breach

Published on February 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm

A former Rossendale takeaway owner has been fined for a breach of health and safety.

Mr Mendi Khan of Edith Street, Blackburn appeared at Burnley Magistrates Court on Friday, February 9 to answer two charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

An inspection at his takeaway premises in March 2017 identified that one of Mr Khan’s employees was using a dangerous piece of equipment without adequate guarding.

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New images show Spinning Point, Phase 2 plans

Published on February 20, 2018 at 5:39 pm

New images have been released as part of exciting plans on the future of Rawtenstall town centre.

The photos and fly-through video are part of revised plans for Spinning Point, Phase 2 which have been released today, February 20.

Following a planning application submission by Rossendale Borough Council and Barnfield Investment Properties in December 2017, the Design Team has enhanced the originally submitted scheme to address comments from consultees, including Historic England and local individuals.

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Exciting plans for next phase of Spinning Point released

Published on February 20, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Exciting plans on the future of Rawtenstall town centre have been released, which include new leisure and retail units, a hotel and attractive public space.

Following a planning application submission by Rossendale Borough Council and Barnfield Investment Properties in December 2017, the design team has enhanced the originally submitted scheme to address comments from consultees, including Historic England and local individuals.

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Time’s running out to provide ‘bags of help’

Published on February 15, 2018 at 2:58 pm

With votes closing at the end of the month, there’s not long left to help Stubbylee Park win an improvements grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.

Councillor Jackie Oakes explains in this new film how how the public’s help can make it happen.

Tesco Bags of Help scheme

Stubbylee Park is in the running to win an improvements grant from Tesco's Bags of Help scheme.

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Two ways to save on energy costs this winter

Published on February 15, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Now that the weather has turned colder, there are two ways you can help to keep your energy costs down and stay warm this winter.

Rossendale residents can now access a new scheme which has already saved 8,000 people living in Cheshire £2.1 million on their energy bills.  Fairerpower Red Rose has been created so that residents can benefit from a local alternative to the ‘big six’ energy companies.

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Council planning team up for prestigious national award

Published on February 14, 2018 at 9:54 am

Rossendale Council’s planning team has been shortlisted for the Local Authority Team of the Year at the United Kingdom and Ireland’s most prestigious planning awards – becoming one of only five local authority teams in the country to do so.

The Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry.

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Small grants available for farming businesses in Rossendale

Published on February 13, 2018 at 11:54 am

Rossendale farmers are encouraged to apply for small grants from a scheme which supports investment for specific agricultural equipment.

The Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme provides cash for equipment that will help to improve animal welfare, resource efficiency or nutrient management.

Grants are available from £3k-£12k covering up to 40 per cent of eligible costs, however there is a need to act quickly as the deadline for online applications is March 14 ,2018.

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Behind the scenes with Rossendale sculptor Jill Randall

Jill Randal

Jill Randall is a Rossendale based sculptor whose work is shown all over the world. She's just one of the many creative people we have here in the valley. Find out more in this short video we made about her.

Posted by Rossendale Council on Monday, 12 February 2018
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Published on February 12, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Jill Randall is a scultor based at Prospect Studios in Rossendale.

Her sculpture and installations have been exhibited both nationally and internationally in galleries, museums and sculpture parks.

She has been artist in residence at  Parys Mountain Copper Mine in Anglesey and her interest in Cornish mines has seen her travel to Australian and Mexico.

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Council backs make traffic light food and drink labelling mandatory call

Published on February 12, 2018 at 10:14 am

Rossendale Council is backing calls for traffic light labelling on food and drink to be mandatory to help people make more informed choices about the food they eat

The calls are being made by the Local Government Association.

Councillor Barbara Ashworth, Portfolio Holder for Health and Housing at Rossendale Council said: “As a Council, we are happy to lend our support to anything which may help to improve our Borough’s health.

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Theatre company pulls Rossendale’s creative strings

Published on February 8, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Horse and Bamboo are the first Rossendale organisation to be featured in a series of short videos about creative people in the valley.

The theatre company is well known for its experimental and forward thinking productions that often use puppetry to tell stories and to move its audiences.

Founded in 1978, the company’s home is the Boo in Waterfoot, which also hosts comedy nights, live music, children’s entertainment and festivals.

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Applications now open for the Rossendale Community Fund

Published on February 5, 2018 at 11:48 am

The latest round of the Rossendale Community Fund is open for applications and local organisations are invited to apply for a grant from the Fund before the deadline of 16 February.

The Rossendale Community Fund has been created by Rossendale Borough Council in partnership with the Community Foundation for Lancashire to offer grants to support projects that help families and children & young people engage in community activities and learning.

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Residents advised over potential Bacup power outage

Published on January 31, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Electricity North West have advised of a potential power outage affecting Bacup this Friday, February 2 from 9-11am.

In the event of an outage the Council’s telephone system will be unavailable.

You can visit the One Stop Shop at Futures Park; email: or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

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MEPS pay tribute to pioneering Rossendale family

Published on January 30, 2018 at 10:33 am

Rossendale received a visit from two members of the European parliament last week, who came to see the birthplace of the family credited with helping to establish the industrial revolution in Europe.

Wajid Khan, MEP for North West England and colleague Arndt Kohn, a German MEP, visited the Council offices to talk about the Cockerill family who were originally from Haslingden.

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Don’t forget to sign up for this year’s collection scheme

Published on January 29, 2018 at 11:02 am

Residents have until January 31 to sign up for the garden waste collection scheme if they want to receive the full year’s collections.

Over 1,500 residents have now signed up so far this year.

The fortnightly collection runs from March to November and allows people to recycle grass cuttings, leaves, plants, twigs, small branches and hedge clippings.

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Heritage talk promises feast of photos

Published on January 26, 2018 at 1:37 pm

A talk this weekend promises to teach people about the heritage and history of Rossendale through the pictures of two local photographers.

The History and Heritage talk takes place at Rawtenstall Library on Saturday, January 27th from 2-4pm.

It will feature the photographs of John Davies and Wendy Watters.

To book a free place call: 07805 093348 or email:

For more information call: (01706) 875371

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Councillor’s plea to public as authority clears fly-tipped waste

Published on January 24, 2018 at 10:51 am

Rossendale Council’s Portfolio Holder for Operations has urged the public to report instances of fly-tipping in their neighbourhoods as soon as they see them.

Cllr Jackie Oakes visited Stacksteads on Tuesday, January 23 to talk to concerned residents about fly-tipping in the area, expressing her concern in a new video you can view below.

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Statement from Together Housing on Spinning Point

Published on January 23, 2018 at 9:48 am

Rumours have been circulating that Together Housing are not taking all the space in the town hall as part of the Spinning Point Phase One.

Together Housing has released the following statement to reassure residents.

Kevin Ruth, Deputy Chief Executive of Together Housing, said: “I am pleased to confirm Together Housing will occupy all of the town hall.

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On route to a bright future – bus operator Rosso joins the Transdev family

Published on January 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm

A raft of improvements from day one including full ticket integration and mobile tickets – with £3 million investment in new and better buses is on the way for Rossendale.

Exciting plans for a multi-million-pound investment in new and better buses, great value tickets which go further for less, and up-to-the-minute technology delivering live departure times, instant journey planning and easy-to-use mobile tickets – are just some of the headline improvements on the way for customers in the Rossendale, Bury and Rochdale areas as bus company Rosso joins the Transdev family.

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Do you want a helping hand to stay warm this winter?

Published on January 18, 2018 at 11:09 am

Rossendale Borough Council are working in partnership with MSV Homecare and Repair (formerly St Vincent’s) to offer funding  that will help keep your home warm this winter.

The Affordable Warmth scheme is funded by Lancashire County Council’s Green Energy Fund, which set aside funds to support home energy saving methods to help people stay warm over winter.

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Carnival calls on quizzers to help raise funds

Published on January 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Organisers of Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival will be holding a quiz at the Rose ‘n’ Bowl in Stacksteads on Wednesday, January 24 at 7pm.

The quiz has been held for the past three years and has become a major fundraising event for the June carnival.

Last year more than 100 people attended and helped to raise more than £450.

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Residents can provide ‘bags of help’

Published on January 15, 2018 at 11:54 am

Stubbylee Park is in the running to win an improvements grant from the Bags of Help scheme run by Tesco.

Councillor Jackie Oakes explains in this new film how how the public’s help can make it happen.

Tesco Bags of Help scheme

Stubbylee Park is in the running to win an improvements grant from Tesco's Bags of Help scheme.

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Free training courses

Published on January 11, 2018 at 1:10 pm

The East Lancashire Recovery College is running free courses for adults.

They are aimed at giving people an an insight into personal development and mental health and well-being or helping to learn a new skill.

They include a wide range of courses such as Dementia Awareness, understanding ADHD, how to tackle depression and literacy skills.

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Council concerns over winter death figures

Published on January 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Last week, the Office for National Statistics published its report on excess winter mortality in England and Wales. View the report here

Excess winter deaths are defined as the difference between the number of deaths in the winter months (December to March) compared with the previous (August to November) and following (April to July) three months.

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Hundreds sign up for garden waste collection scheme in time for first collection of the year

Published on January 10, 2018 at 9:01 am

Over 1,000 residents have now signed up to this year’s garden waste collection scheme.

The fortnightly collection runs from March to November and allows people to recycle grass cuttings, leaves, plants, twigs, small branches and hedge clippings.

It was announced in October last year that the collection would be charged at £35 for the year.

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Pennine Lancashire health partnership backs campaign on sugar

Published on January 8, 2018 at 4:20 pm

A health partnership from across Pennine Lancashire is backing the new Public Health England (PHE) Change4Life campaign which encourages parents to “Look for 100 calorie snacks, 2 a day max” to cut children’s sugar intake.

Together A Healthier Future is a programme to improve the health and care system in Pennine Lancashire, which is made up of East Lancashire, including Rossendale, and Blackburn with Darwen.

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Saddle-up for the 2018 return of popular Rossendale mountain biking festival

Published on January 5, 2018 at 12:26 pm

Rossendale will again play host to an adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking festival this summer.

Northern Grip returns to the borough in 2018, taking place at Bacup’s Lee Quarry and the pump track at Stubbylee Park on Saturday, July 7 2018.

Fans of cycling can look forward to an exciting day of trails, new bike demonstrations and exhibitions, as well as live music and DJs playing into the night.

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Hundreds turn out to New Year’s Day duck race

Published on January 4, 2018 at 11:17 am

Hundreds of people braved the weather to enjoy Whitworth’s annual Duck Race on New Year’s Day.

A popular event in the Whitworth calendar, the ducks took to the water at the overflow of Cowm Reservoir on Tong End in the cold and blustery conditions.  In total over 1,300 ducks were sponsored and around 400 people turned out on the day in this growing event.

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Post-Christmas waste and recycling advice

Published on January 3, 2018 at 1:18 pm

With Christmas and New Year over for another year, Rossendale Council has issued some advice and guidance on what to do with some of the waste and recycling created as a result of the festive period.

‘Real’ Christmas trees

Please take your real Christmas tree to your nearest recycling site, where it will be taken away and turned into compost.

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Business backs Spinning Point plans

Published on January 2, 2018 at 3:51 pm

The future vision for Rawtenstall town centre has been praised by  the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.

The plans for phase two of the Spinning Point development were published just before Christmas. Councillor Andrew MacNae’s blog explains in more detail.

And now the Chamber has warmly welcomed the plans.

Miranda Baker, Chief Executive of the Chamber, said:

“The Chamber are delighted to see new investment plans coming forward for Spinning Point in Rawtenstall town centre, this kind of Council led development has the potential to significantly increase the economic and social success of the town centre as a viable and thriving community hub, bringing in new businesses across a wide range of leisure, hotel commercial and retail premises and boosting quality town centre accommodation.”



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