Monthly Archives: June 2018

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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