Monthly Archives: October 2018

Whitworth remembers

Published on October 31, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Whitworth Town Council is taking part in the international Battle’s Over commemorations to mark 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.

The event on November 11 will start with a lone bugler playing the Last Post at Lobden Golf Club at 6.55pm. A commemorative beacon will then be lit at the top of Brown Wardle Hill at 7pm and the bells at St Bartholomew’s Church will ring out for peace at 7.05pm.

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Don’t get a scare, be Halloween and Bonfire aware!

Published on October 30, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Be scary but safe this Halloween and Bonfire Night by following fire safety advice.

It’s the time of year for the spooky celebrations and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) are sharing tips in the lead up to two of the biggest nights in the Autumnal calendar.

These two dates are renowned for big events, large groups of people being outside and lots of fun.

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Council employability project shortlisted for award

Published on October 26, 2018 at 4:05 pm

A unique project that tackles employability barriers has been short-listed for a prestigious award.

In just six months, Rossendale Works has led to 16 people finding work, 19 more on employer placements and a further 30 getting mentally and physically fitter through Active Lancashire activities.

On November 23, at the Lancashire Sports Awards at the Blackpool Hotel and Conference Centre, Rossendale Works Employability Project is one of five finalists in the Project of the Year category.

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Tapestry of River Irwell on display in Bacup on Saturday

Published on October 26, 2018 at 3:37 pm

A stunning tapestry has created a celebration of the River Irwell and left a lasting legacy of Bacup’s heritage work.

Each of the four pieces weaves together the story of the River Irwell with the history of the Bacup area.

Community Artist Ruth Evans was commissioned to hold a series of workshops to empower local people to create art work which she then combined into the panels.

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Council welcomes national move on taxi licensing

Published on October 24, 2018 at 10:55 am

Rossendale Council has welcomed news that the Government is looking at overhauling national standards for taxi drivers in a move to improve passenger safety.

The news comes via a new publication that is the result of a Government-backed review into the industry.

It makes 34 recommendations across a wide range of areas including an urgent review of legislation and introduction of a national minimum standard for taxi licensing.

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BLOG: volunteers transform memorial ground

Published on October 18, 2018 at 11:21 am

It’s taken two years and four hardworking Civic Pride (Rossendale) volunteers – and now Trickett’s Memorial Ground in Waterfoot  is ready for Remembrance Day.

Brambles cleared, areas newly planted and a huge hanging planter in the centre of the main lawn started to attract the attention of passers-by in the first few months.

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Leader backs Hate Crime Awareness Week

Published on October 16, 2018 at 3:06 pm

This week is Hate Crime Awareness Week, a week dedicated to raise awareness of hate crime.

To mark the HCAW, the leader of the Council, Councillor Alyson Barnes, said:

“Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity

“It is appalling and it can destroy lives.

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Council urges owners on empty properties

Published on October 16, 2018 at 10:23 am

Rossendale Council officer, Heather Mullins, is tasked with bringing empty properties back into use in the borough.

Her work is part of the Council’s vision to ensure that the people of Rossendale have access to decent affordable housing that enables a good quality of life.

And as the national Empty Homes Week 2018 continues, Heather is urging more landlords and property owners to use the Council’s services to help bring empty properties back into use.

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Crackdown on littering, dog fouling and flytipping approved

Published on October 11, 2018 at 5:01 pm

A 12-month trial to tackle people who blight the borough has been approved.

This will see private enforcement officers from the firm District Enforcement issuing on-the-spot fines for littering, dog fouling and flytipping.

Two dedicated officers will patrol the borough’s streets and parks seven days a week, targeting hot-spots identified by the council.

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Rossendale rail link study launched

Published on October 11, 2018 at 11:32 am

Rossendale Council, working in partnership with Lancashire County Council, has commissioned the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) consultants to explore the potential for rail connections to the borough.

The study will look at the early strategic case for investment for the Rawtenstall to Manchester corridor. This would involve tram-trains, accessing the Metrolink network at Buckley Wells (Bury) or alternatively using a heavy rail curve at Castleton.

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Popular mountain biking event returns to Rossendale this weekend

Published on October 4, 2018 at 3:17 pm

A popular free mountain biking event is returning to Rossendale this weekend promising some high octane thrills and spills in the heart of the borough.

The Hope/PMBA Series Enduro Finale is set to take over the Lee Quarry Mountain Bike Trail in Bacup on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 from 9-6pm both days.

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Last chance to have say on Local Plan consultation

Published on October 4, 2018 at 1:14 pm

Consultation on the pre-submission publication version of the Rossendale Local Plan will end at midnight on Friday October, 5.

This is the version of the Local Plan that the Council intends to submit for independent examination.

The draft policies, proposed allocations and the online questionnaire for comments can be viewed online and paper copies of the documents are available to view at the One Stop Shop at Futures park, Whitworth Town Council offices and all libraries within Rossendale.

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Digital boost for Rossendale businesses

Published on October 3, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Rossendale businesses found out how to improve their digital marketing skills at a day-long session at Futures Park in Bacup.

The free event organised by Rossendale Council and Google Digital Garage was made up of four workshops.

Led by Adam Raja from the digital garage, they covered 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 proposals to deter people from blighting the borough

Published on October 3, 2018 at 9:38 am

Rossendale Council could bring in a private company to crack down on littering, flytipping and dog fouling.

A proposed 12-month trial would allow private enforcement officers from the firm District Enforcement to issue on-the-spot fines across the borough for the offences.

Two dedicated officers would patrol the borough’s streets and parks seven days a week, targeting hot-spots identified by the council.

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Bacup THI Board statement on roadwork delays

Published on October 2, 2018 at 3:59 pm

Following on from Lancashire County Council’s announcement about the completion of the Bacup roadworks being delayed, the Townscape Heritage Initiative Board has released this statement.

Acting chair Councillor Jackie Oakes said:

“Lancashire County Council have told us the expected completion of highways improvements as part of the Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) will be delayed.

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