Monthly Archives: March 2018

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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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

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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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