Monthly Archives: December 2018

Merry Christmas from the leader

Published on December 24, 2018 at 10:45 am

The end of the year is approaching so I wanted to reflect on the last year and also look forward to 2019.

In many ways, it’s been a tough year for the Council but we have achieved a lot and I hope many people agree with me that the borough is in a better shape than it was at the start of the year.

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Shop owner fined over shutters

Published on December 21, 2018 at 12:29 pm

A business owner has been ordered to pay £405 following a row over shop shutters.

Syeda Monzu Uddin, owner of Haslingden Food Store, appeared at Burnley Magistrates Court charged with non-compliance with an Enforcement Notice and was fined £200 with costs of £175 and a victim surcharge of £30.

Action was taken by Rossendale Council in August to remove roller shutters from the Haslingden Food Store after the owner did not comply with an order to take the shutters down.

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Spinning Point further update

Published on December 19, 2018 at 2:16 pm

Over the last few days and following our latest update, the Council has received a number of questions from residents. We have released the following statement addressing some of the points:

There has been a lot of debate about the borrowing to help fund this multi-million pound scheme, much of it inaccurate especially around financial information.

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Enforcement notice success for Council

Published on December 19, 2018 at 10:21 am

A developer’s prompt action in complying with an enforcement notice has been welcomed by Rossendale Council.

In November, the Council issued a notice to Heron Homes which is converting a former church in Edenfield to apartments.

A condition of the planning application being approved was for the developer to retain the stained glass windows at the front of the church.

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Exciting new plans to expand an award-winning cultural venue have been unveiled

Published on December 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm

 

New visuals have been released as part of the submission of a planning application outlining the Whitaker’s expansion plans.

If the application is approved, the scheme will double the size of the museum, gallery, events and restaurant space, converting the current underused stables and barn area. The proposals also include an extensive list of community engagement activities, events and workshop space

The Council has been working closely with the Whitaker community interest company on the scheme since the company was successful in securing an initial £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which the Council match funded, for a first stage development grant.

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Council welcomes Lancashire business rates announcement

Published on December 17, 2018 at 10:32 am

Lancashire has been selected as one of a number of areas to take part in a national pilot allowing councils including Rossendale to retain 75 per cent of growth in business rates.

Rossendale Council welcomed the news.

Andrew Walmsley, Portfolio Holder for Resources, said:

“Although only for 2019/20, this is good news for us as it will help provide a bit more financial stability for the councils involved.

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Boxing clubs join the fight to end violence against women

Published on December 14, 2018 at 10:49 am

Men and women boxers joined up to support the White Ribbon Campaign.

A partnership between Rossendale Leisure Trust and Rossendale Borough Council promoted the campaign at local boxing clubs –  Community Boxing Club in Rawtenstall, Pioneer Gym in Bacup and Boxing Bootcamp in Haslingden.

The core of the national White Ribbon campaign is ending violence against women and those signing up take the pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women and girls.

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Business leaders back rail link bid

Published on December 14, 2018 at 10:10 am

Business leaders gave their backing to a bid to reinstate a commuter rail link between Rossendale, Manchester, Rochdale and beyond.

At the meeting of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (ELCC) Rossendale Business Leaders at AG6 in Rawtenstall, an update on the progress made by Rossendale Council and its partners was given.

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Spinning Point update

Published on December 13, 2018 at 3:55 pm

Following last night’s [Wednesday, December 12] full Council meeting, Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, released an update on Spinning Point:

In the summer, the Council agreed in principle our vision for Spinning Point phase two. Since then, members from all political parties have been looking in detail at the proposals to make sure what we were proposing was actually deliverable and was backed by firm evidence.

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New jobs, investment and transport planned as Council launches ambitious new strategy

Published on December 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Ambitious new plans to boost Rossendale’s economy have been unveiled as Rossendale Council announces its new economic development strategy.

The strategy is designed to create new jobs, bring in investment, improve transport links, deliver big projects and develop the borough’s town centres.

What the strategy means for Rossendale:

  • Private sector investment in Rossendale’s town centres, from employment sites and residential development worth £550m
  • Over £200m public sector investment in rail and road infrastructure
  • Creation of 1600 new jobs, with more than 800 new jobs in growth sectors
  • Achieving greater prosperity for all by raising income levels
  • Increasing the business rate base on undeveloped and under-utilised sites

The new strategy is the culmination of hard work across the borough and beyond to bring about sustainable economic growth, generate opportunities for investment and create new jobs locally.

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Community groups invited to apply for grants

Published on December 10, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Applications for community grants are now open at Rossendale Council.

There is a closing date of Monday, 7th January 2019. Grants will be available to cover the 3 financial years  –  2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22.

The allocation of up to £62,000 funding for Rossendale Council Grants and Community Partnership Grants was approved by the Council’s Cabinet on 28th November.

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Bacup THI update: Christmas/fountain/irresponsible car parking

Published on December 5, 2018 at 4:42 pm

Following the latest board meeting of the Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative, acting chair Councillor Jackie Oakes has published the following statement.

“At the weekend, we saw the community come together to enjoy a superb Christmas lights switch-on. I want to pay special tribute to all the volunteers who made this fantastic event possible.

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Rossendale railway ‘on track’ for Manchester link

Published on December 4, 2018 at 3:37 pm

A commuter rail link between Rossendale and Manchester could be on track after a study found the route was ‘feasible and cost effective’.

Rossendale Council leader Councillor Alyson Barnes and officers, along with MPs and business leaders from across the rail route, met with Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry in London to update him on the findings of the early strategic case for rail investment.

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Leader hails Small Business Saturday

Published on December 3, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Councillor Alyson Barnes has expressed her delight at Rossendale’s involvement in Small Business Saturday, which took place on Saturday, December 1.

The national yearly grassroots campaign highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’.

On the day, Rossendale Council issued a series of short videos featuring some of the best local small traders describing what they do and why it’s important to back small business.

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