Monthly Archives: December 2018

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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