Monthly Archives: July 2018

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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