Yearly Archives: 2019

Council delight at successful Bacup bid

Published on September 14, 2019 at 8:45 am

Bacup is to benefit from £1.1m to help restore and repurpose some of the town’s historic buildings including the former Regal Cinema.

In July, the Council applied to Historic England’s High Streets Historic Action Zone funds to revive 29 buildings in the town and also establish a Heritage Action Zone.
Today (Saturday, September 14), Historic England announced Bacup’s bid had been successful.

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Statement on application to extend vehicle operations licence at Haslingden Cemetery

Published on September 9, 2019 at 3:39 pm

We have had a number of concerned residents contact us about concerns about this application and we are aware there has been much discussion on social media.

We wanted to reassure residents and cemetery visitors what the plans actually were so have released the following statement from our Head of Operations, Tony Watson:

“We are currently going through the process of getting permission from the Traffic Commissioner to extend our vehicle operating licence at Haslingden Cemetery.

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Council pledges support for volunteers as it praises great work borough’s Pride groups do

Published on September 9, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Rossendale Council has today launched a new scheme to help residents who want to do their bit for the community.

Leader of the Council Alyson Barnes announced Council support for individuals who want to keep their clean and tidy by offering litter picking equipment for them to use.

The borough is blessed with a number of superb Pride groups, including Bacup Pride who are pictured, which have improved the borough enormously.

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Council leader delight at opening of new cycleway

Published on September 9, 2019 at 1:14 pm

The Leader of Rossendale Council has expressed her delight after the latest section of the Valley of Stone was officially.

A procession of over 400 cyclists and walkers celebrated the opening of a new section of the East Lancashire Cycleway in Waterfoot.

Work has recently been completed to reopen two railway tunnels which have been out of use for decades, and extend an existing path, to create a safe and interesting off-road link between Stacksteads Riverside Park and Newchurch Road.

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Abandoned cars see owner fined

Published on September 6, 2019 at 4:15 pm

A man has been fined after being found guilty of dumping vehicles on land in Rossendale.

John Andrew (44), of Rose Street, Waterfoot was charged with two counts of Abandoning Motor Vehicles contrary to section 2 of the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978.

After pleading not guilty he was found guilty at Burnley Magistrates Court on August 29th 2019.

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Rossendale businesses praised as Gü founder shares his secrets of success

Published on September 6, 2019 at 3:04 pm

Sweet supremo James Averdieck served up the secrets of his success to business owners keen to learn from his experience.

The second Invest in Rossendale evening, a joint event between Rossendale Borough Council and Valley at Work, which connects local businesses, was held at The Riverside in Whitworth.

With food and drink becoming a booming area in Rossendale, the founder of Gü Desserts, who now runs healthy vegan venture The Coconut Collaborative, explained his recipe to riches was to first have ‘a good idea’.

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New factory to bring 100 jobs to Rossendale

Published on September 5, 2019 at 2:28 pm

Work is starting on a new business site to bring 100 jobs to Rossendale

Futures Business Park in Bacup will see the vacant Plot 5, near to Lee Quarry, transformed into the site for an international factory.

The building will be a manufacturing facility for Orthoplastics, which is a world leader in the development and supply of implantable medical devices for the orthopaedic sector, involving musculo-skeletal issues.

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Statement on ‘hard to reach’ bin collections

Published on September 5, 2019 at 9:48 am

Statement on ‘hard to reach’ bin collections from Tony Watson, Head of Environment and Operations:

From 30th September 2019, waste and recycling collections for some people in Rossendale will change.

People living in hard to reach homes, usually rural properties, which are not suitable for the standard Refuse Collection Vehicles, or have road surfaces which are unsuitable to travel on, will change to a ‘lane end’ bin collection service.

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Play area officially opens as “Top 15” Stubbylee Park impresses

Published on September 4, 2019 at 11:45 am

A Rossendale play area has officially opened after undergoing an £80k transformation.

The equipment in Stubbylee Park has been upgraded to include a jungle climber, five-way swing, scooter roundabout, music cottage, wizard’s hideaway and a cradle seat swing.

Bacup Pride and Newground  worked with Rossendale Council to secure the funding from Viridor Credits Environmental Company and Lancashire Environmental Fund.

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When Alyson met HARRI…

Published on September 2, 2019 at 3:37 pm

Council Leader, Cllr Alyson Barnes was a visitor to the HARRI truck, the NHS’s health and wellbeing engagement vehicle at Rawtenstall Market on Thursday, August 29.

The mobile truck is an initiative by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and has been all around East Lancashire.

It is kitted out to provide a full range of advice and information about various health initiatives.

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Crackdown on rogue landlords

Published on August 28, 2019 at 3:33 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has used new funding to tackle rogue landlords and illegal practices in private renting.

The Council applied for Rogue Landlord Funding in 2018 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and were successful in the bid.

The money has been used in a multi-agency approach to clampdown on dodgy practices in the private rented sector, concentrating on making landlords comply with fire safety legislation and meet minimum privately rented standards.

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Bacup’s Future High Streets Fund bid success

Published on August 28, 2019 at 10:19 am

Rossendale Council has welcomed news that Bacup has been included in an expanded list of towns that have progressed in a bid to benefit from the Government’s £1 billion Future High Streets Fund.

The Council has made improving the borough’s town centres its number one economic development strategy priority.

Following this decision, time and resources have been concentrated to try to bring much needed new investment in.

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Benefit fraud uncovered in Rossendale

Published on August 27, 2019 at 10:16 am

A ‘small minority’ of people in Rossendale have been discovered committing benefit and council tax fraud.

The Council received 168 allegations of fraud from various sources such as anonymous referrals, the Council’s online fraud referral form, and the housing benefit and council tax processing team, in the last year.

This led to 97 cases being referred to the Department for Work and Pensions, with 64 further requests for information made.

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Bold new vision for Haslingden unveiled as funding bid submitted

Published on August 21, 2019 at 2:27 pm

A “bold and exciting” new vision and plan for Haslingden Town Centre, shaped by residents and businesses, has been published.

Haslingden 2040 has been used as a basis of a bid for National Lottery Heritage Funding, which the Council has submitted a bid for.

It includes plans to create new event spaces, shared green areas for people to meet and better pedestrian links.

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Stubbylee Park goes from strength to strength

Published on August 20, 2019 at 4:54 pm

Stubbylee Park in Bacup has been revitalised over the last few years thanks to strong local partnership work.

Rossendale Council has worked with the Park’s Friends Group, Bacup Pride, Newground and Stubbylee Community Greenhouses to come up with a masterplan for the popular local park.

Those ambitious plans have been successfully delivered in various stages over the past few years.

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New awards scheme to recognise local heroes

Published on August 20, 2019 at 10:05 am

It’s time to show local heroes some love as Rossendale Council’s Community Awards open for nominations.

The new awards scheme aims to recognise those individuals and groups whose efforts have made a big impact in their local community.

Whether it’s a sports coach who gives up their evenings and weekends, someone special who lends a hand at a local charity, or a group that makes a real difference to where people live – they can all be nominated now.

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Transformed Bacup play area to be officially opened

Published on August 19, 2019 at 3:51 pm

A Rossendale play area is set to officially open after undergoing an £80k transformation.

The equipment at Moorlands play area in Stubbylee Park has been upgraded to include a jungle climber, five-way swing, scooter roundabout, music cottage, wizard’s hideaway and a cradle seat swing.

Rossendale Council worked with Bacup Pride to secure the funding from Viridor Credits Environmental Company and Lancashire Environmental Fund.

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Haslingden Baths site update

Published on August 19, 2019 at 12:03 pm

The Council has released an update on the sale of Haslingden Baths as well as issuing a warning for people not to enter the building.

In a statement, the Council urged people not to access the site as it is unsafe and urged if nearby residents see others trying to get in to contact the police.

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Plethora of business advice and support on offer at borough’s premier business event

Published on August 16, 2019 at 1:27 pm

Boost Business Lancashire will be manning one of several stands to give advice and support to businesses at this year’s Invest in Rossendale celebration.

Other confirmed business support stands at the September event include Marketing Lancashire , Rossendale Works  and University of Central Lancashire. More to be confirmed shortly.

This year’s keynote speak is GÜ founder James Averdieck.

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Fines issued as Council continues clampdown on dog fouling

Published on August 16, 2019 at 10:34 am

People allowing their dogs to foul in Rossendale have been hit by fines as a specialist enforcement team continues its work in the borough.

On-the-spot-fines have been issued by District Enforcement, which started a 12-month trial across Rossendale in December 2018.

Dedicated officers are patrolling the borough’s streets and parks seven days-a-week, targeting hot-spots identified by the Council.

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Council backs campaign for Northern budget

Published on August 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has joined other leaders from the North of England in calling on government to deliver on commitments to boost spending on infrastructure.

Councillor Alyson Barnes lent her support to the Transport for the North’s “Northern Budget” campaign which aims to secure billions of pounds for the region in the next spending review.

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Market going from strength to strength as innovative partnership hailed a success

Published on August 13, 2019 at 1:46 pm

An exciting and innovative partnership is transforming Rawtenstall Market.

Rossendale Council joined forced with a local social enterprise The Clog Market – to revamp the historic market and make it a destination place to shop and socialise in the area.

The Council entered a year-long pilot partnership with Jane Boys, the owner of the Clog Market, to modernise and revamp the market, which is open on Thursdays and Sundays.

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Still time to vote Stubbylee Park best park in the UK

Published on August 12, 2019 at 11:19 am

Watch Portfolio Holder for Resources, Cllr Andrew Walmsley explain why Stubbylee Park deserves to win Best Park 2019 in the video below.

Fields in Trust UK has shortlisted the park for the prestigious national award.

Do your bit and vote now before Monday, August 19!

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Man fined for felling tree

Published on August 12, 2019 at 9:50 am

A man has been fined thousands of pounds for felling a tree under a preservation order.

Mr John Harvey, of Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall, was fined £2500 and ordered to pay £2500 costs for the wilful destruction of a protected tree. The 66-year-old also has to pay a statutory charge of £150 following being found guilty at Burnley Magistrates.

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Rossendale mum helping to fight ‘period poverty’ given top Council honour

Published on August 1, 2019 at 9:40 am

Samara Barnes has been added to the Council’s Roll of Honour for her work in setting up the Red Box Project in Rossendale Schools.

Mum-of-two Samara, from Haslingden, leads the campaign to help schoolgirls who may not be able to afford or access sanitary products – known as Period Poverty.

She is the digital communities manager of the Rossendale branch of the Red Box Project, which takes donations of sanitary products to distribute in schools and community centres for girls who need them.

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Taxi driver caught without proper Council licence

Published on July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm

A taxi driver has been fined £772 for driving a taxi without a working licence.

Mohammad Iqbal (52), of Burnley Road, Todmorden, was caught driving his vehicle and attempting to ply for hire on South Street, Bacup.

His licence had been revoked in September 2018 as he had previously been disqualified from driving but had failed to inform the licencing department at Rossendale Borough Council, leaving the information off his application form.

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Keep cosy this winter with new warmth scheme

Published on July 25, 2019 at 10:57 am

Rossendale Borough Council has secured £50,000 to provide Rossendale residents with little or no cost insulation and brand new A-rated boilers.

It may be summer now but it’s never too early to start preparing for the colder weather.

Qualifying residents in Rossendale could receive funding towards the costs of home heating upgrades and insulation measures to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their fuel bills.

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Council clamp down on irresponsible dog owners

Published on July 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm

A clamp down on careless dog owners will take place in Rossendale after the Council introduced new powers, it has been announced.

Following a period of public consultation new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) will come into force after being signed off at a recent full Council meeting.

The PSPOs give the Council powers to deal more effectively with irresponsible dog owners.

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Further funding bid submitted to boost Bacup

Published on July 23, 2019 at 11:19 am

Rossendale Council has submitted a bid to further boost culture, trade and the visual appeal of Bacup.

Councillors have agreed to submit a bid for £1.1 million from Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zone fund.

Following the success of the £2m Bacup THI scheme, the Council has taken the opportunity to try and build on the growing buzz in the town.

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Tickets selling fast for borough’s premier celebration of business

Published on July 22, 2019 at 5:25 pm

Don’t miss out on the chance to attend one  of the borough’s most prestigious business events.

James Averdieck, who founded the Gü dessert empire, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Rossendale Celebration of business event.

After a successful first event last year, Valley At Work and Rossendale Council have joined forces once again to put on an event to celebrate and support business in the borough.

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Leader issues comment on Spinning Point

Published on July 19, 2019 at 10:09 am

Rossendale Council has issued the following update around Spinning Point Phase 2.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council, said:

Rossendale is a place on the up and Rawtenstall is a huge part of the exciting plans we have for the borough.

There is a buzz in the town with the market rejuvenation and the regeneration scheme at Spinning Point.

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Hundreds flock to Council’s careers fair

Published on July 12, 2019 at 2:50 pm

More than 1,500 people including hundreds of school students visited a huge exhibition of career opportunities.

It is the second time the Rossendale Works Employability Fair has been held at the Adrenaline Centre in Haslingden, and more than 50 different businesses and training providers were on hand to showcase their jobs and apprenticeships.

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Council welcomes government clarity over funding bid

Published on July 8, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Rossendale Council has welcomed government clarity following its announcement of which areas had got to the next round of the Future High Street fund.

The Council expressed its disappointment that Bacup’s bid had not progressed to the business case development stage despite earlier indications it had been successful.

The Council put in a bid to the fund in March following the development of an exciting new vision for the future of the town centre, called Bacup 2040.

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Council disappointed after bid news

Published on July 5, 2019 at 5:38 pm

Rossendale Council has expressed its disappointment following news that its Future High Street bid for Bacup has not been successful.

The Council put in a bid to the fund in March following the development of an exciting new vision for the future of the town centre.

The town has already benefited massively from £2m investment from the Townscape Heritage Initiative fund.

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Abandoned cars cost owners £1,000 in fines

Published on July 5, 2019 at 1:47 pm

Two men have been fined £1,030 each after being found guilty of dumping vehicles on land in Rossendale.

James Carruthers (35), of Moor Park Avenue, Rochdale, was charged with abandoning a Fiat Scudo van on Cherry Crescent, Rawtenstall, and was ordered to pay a £220 fine, £150 legal costs, £435 investigation costs and £225 compensation – a total of £1,030.

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Food allergy training updates for Rossendale businesses

Published on July 4, 2019 at 3:35 pm

Local food businesses have had training on up-to-date allergy rules.

More than 80 Rossendale food and drink businesses attended the workshops run by Rossendale Borough Council’s Environmental Health Department.

There has been a dramatic increase in allergic diseases in recent years. The aims of the sessions were to give local businesses the confidence when working with food products and serving customers with food allergies.

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Civic Pride blog – ‘Scouts brave heat for community clean-up’

Published on July 4, 2019 at 10:03 am

On the hottest day of the year so far, eleven scouts from the 45th Rossendale group assembled at Jubilee Gardens in Crawshawbooth to start the clean-up that the area so desperately needs.

This initiative contributes towards the Scouts World Challenge Award, the idea of which is to inspire young people to volunteer for activities within their community.

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Taxi driver appeal dismissed

Published on June 28, 2019 at 9:33 am

A Rossendale taxi driver who failed a basic skills, knowledge and conditions test three times has lost his appeal to keep his licence.

Faisal Shahzad, from Manchester, appealed Rossendale Council’s decision to refuse to renew his private hire drivers licence but the appeal was dismissed by Burnley Magistrates Court.

He was ordered to pay costs of £200.

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Hundreds of people expected at borough’s second careers’ fair

Published on June 27, 2019 at 9:44 am

A huge careers’ fair on Tuesday July 9 will be visited by 1,200 high school students and also be open to the general public.

It is the second time the Rossendale Works Employability Fair has been held at the Adrenaline Centre, Helmshore Road, Haslingden, and more than 50 different businesses and training providers have signed up for stalls.

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Rossendale to benefit from fund to tackle childhood obesity

Published on June 25, 2019 at 4:48 pm

Rossendale residents are set to benefit from the news that Pennine Lancashire has been selected to receive more funding as part of a national programme to tackle childhood obesity.

The Government has today (Tuesday, June 25) announced that the area will receive an initial 100k to take its plans forward as part of the Childhood Obesity Trailblazer Programme.

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Delight as The Whitaker secures lottery grant

Published on June 24, 2019 at 1:25 pm

New life is to be breathed into buildings at one of Rossendale’s iconic tourism locations thanks to a £1.7million National Lottery Heritage Fund grant.

Rossendale Borough Council worked in partnership with The Whitaker, in Rawtenstall, to secure the National Lottery Heritage Fund award to convert the former barn and stables and a further £189,950 of matched funding was provided by the council.

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Rossendale Friendship Festival celebrates refugee week

Published on June 20, 2019 at 1:11 pm

Women from Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Kuwait are getting together this week at The Whitaker, Rawtenstall, to cook several hundred portions of Middle Eastern picnic foods for sampling by residents of Rossendale.

These tasting samples will be offered to participants on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd June at a celebration for UK Refugee Week, Rossendale Friendship Festival.

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Could you be a Councillor and stand for what you believe in?

Published on June 19, 2019 at 5:04 pm

What matters to you in your local area?  Is it providing more things for young people to do, improving services for older people, making the roads safer or ensuring that local businesses can thrive?  Whatever needs changing in your local area, you could be the person to change it by becoming a county councillor.

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Company fined for breaching licensing laws

Published on June 19, 2019 at 3:32 pm

A company has to pay more than £1500 for breaching licensing laws.

Verdeolyv Limited, which owned Anacapri, on Helmshore Road, has to pay £1554.20 after selling alcohol without having a designated premises supervisor (DPS) specified on the licence.

Council officers entered Anacapri on January 11 and were served alcohol despite there being no DPS on the licence.

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Eid event celebrates important local projects

Published on June 14, 2019 at 12:43 pm

A multi-cultural Eid celebration united families from the Syrian Project with users of an innovative council employability and wellbeing scheme.

There was a welcoming atmosphere in the community café at The Boo, in Waterfoot, as the diverse communities shared food, chatted and danced together.

Every Friday afternoon the café is used as a drop in by the Rossendale Council scheme Rossendale Works, which was set up in conjunction with Active Lancashire and is now funded by a grant from the Department of Work and Pensions.

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Council raises concerns about LCC’s housing and health services proposals

Published on June 13, 2019 at 9:45 am

Rossendale Council has expressed its concerns over proposals to end two vital services.

Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet meets today (Thursday, June 13) to discuss proposals to end the Lancashire Wellbeing Service and the Integrated Home Improvement Service.

Details of the services and also the proposals can be found here: [Link]

Responding to the proposals which are set to be agreed following a consultation, Councillor Steve Hughes, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Customer Services, said:

“Of course, we understand the county council is facing serious financial challenges and have to make tough decisions but we believe these proposed reductions in prevention services, if agreed, will create severe issues for some of our borough’s most vulnerable residents and will increase demand on the health and care services in the future.

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Final THI blog from the chair

Published on June 11, 2019 at 1:42 pm

So the £2m Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative has come to an end and I think most people will agree it has been a major boost to the town.

You just have to walk around Bacup to see the difference it has made. I have had many people come to speak to me or through Facebook saying the project has been a huge benefit to the town.

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GÜ dessert founder to headline borough’s premier celebration of business

Published on June 10, 2019 at 3:24 pm

James Averdieck, who founded the Gü dessert empire, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Rossendale Celebration of business event.

After a successful first event last year, Valley At Work and Rossendale Council have joined forces once again to put on an event to celebrate and support business in the borough.

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Special award for Haslingden town centre

Published on June 7, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Haslingden Town Centre has been now been confirmed as an area of special architectural or historic interest – helping to preserve its history.

The conservation area was developed and put out to public consultation in 2018. The Council’s cabinet approved the area before submitting it to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who confirmed the decision earlier this year.

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Council welcomes £81,000 sentence for builder’s planning breaches

Published on June 5, 2019 at 12:45 pm

A builder who repeatedly ignored Rossendale Council’s calls to restore land behind a former rural pub has been heavily fined.

The Council welcomed Preston Crown Court’s £81,699 fine for Stanley Ainsworth and Ribble Valley Luxury Homes Limited for ignoring a planning enforcement notice.

Ainsworth secured planning permission to convert the former Glory pub in Loveclough but he and his company breached Council planning regulations when he extended the rear boundary into the open countryside without the benefit of planning permission.

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Smart meters rolling out in Rossendale

Published on May 30, 2019 at 3:41 pm

Rossendale residents are being offered free smart meters to help look at cutting costs and becoming more energy efficient.

The smart meter rollout is a national programme across Great Britain.

Smart meters are being offered at no extra cost by major energy suppliers.

They are not compulsory, but are the next generation of gas and electricity meters and can help to identify situations where residents are using a lot of energy and might want to make changes to this.

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More good news for Rossendale as scheme expands

Published on May 22, 2019 at 3:44 pm

An innovative Rossendale employability project has been expanded thanks to a grant from the Department of Work and Pensions.

The Rossendale Council scheme – initially set up for a 12-month trial period in partnership with Active Lancashire – was so successful it has been expanded.

Rossendale Works helps people who are job ready to seek placements and employment.

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New cabinet announced and new mayor elected

Published on May 21, 2019 at 4:48 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has announced her new cabinet as councillors met for the first Council meeting of the municipal year.

Councillor Alyson Barnes was elected leader by fellow councillors at the meeting last Friday.

She appointed a new look Cabinet and announced new portfolios to better align with the Council’s priorities.

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Community event brings fun to Bacup this weekend

Published on May 20, 2019 at 4:39 pm

It’s fun for all at the free Bacup Community Weekend with great traditional activities.

Taking place on Saturday, 25th May at the AB&D Centre, St John’s Church and on Irwell Terrace, and Sunday, 26th May at Stubbylee Park, hall and greenhouses, the event offers something for everyone with a big range of activities.

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Council response to LCC recycling centre decision

Published on May 17, 2019 at 1:56 pm

Rossendale Council has expressed its disappointment about County’s decision to close Haslingden Household Waste Recycling Centre for two days a week. 

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet has also agreed proposals to change opening times to 9am – 5pm all year round.

Responding to the decision, Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio holder for Operations, said:

As a Council, we are very disappointed about this decision.

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Council crackdown on people dumping rubbish on streets

Published on May 16, 2019 at 3:22 pm

A fine of more than £2,422 was given to a Bacup man found guilty of leaving waste outside his house.

Nicholas Turner, of Springfield Avenue, Bacup, was found guilty of failing to remove bags of rubbish, furniture and wood from outside his home, which had the potential to attract rats and vermin, and also of failing to take all necessary action to prevent new accumulations of rubbish between 25th October 2018 and 20th December 2018.

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Great British Spring Clean round-up

Published on May 16, 2019 at 9:40 am

The Great British Spring Clean might be done for another year but the memories of Rossendale residents’ contributions remain fresh.

The national initiative, organised by Keep Britain Tidy, took place from March 22- April 23 across the UK and challenged people to join forces with community organisations, businesses and the Council to collect and safely dispose of litter from Rossendale’s streets and parks, recycling as much as possible.

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Play area in Bacup to be transformed this summer

Published on May 15, 2019 at 10:27 am

Moorlands play area is undergoing a £130,000 transformation.

The play area in Stubbylee Park will include fantastic new equipment including a jungle climber, five-way swing, scooter roundabout, music cottage, wizard’s hideaway and a cradle seat swing.

Rossendale Borough Council worked with Bacup Pride to secure £30,000 from Lancashire Environment Fund and £80,000 from Viridor for the project.

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Council praises local company

Published on May 14, 2019 at 4:31 pm

A local Haslingden company has won a prestigious Queen’s Award for enterprise.

Firesafe Fire Rated Ductwork Limited picked up the award for outstanding continuous growth in overseas sales over the last six years.

Find out more about the win here.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of Rossendale Council, said:

I’m absolutely delighted for the all the staff at Firesafe.

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Council tax reminder messages

Published on May 13, 2019 at 4:03 pm

From this week (w/c Monday, May 13), text reminders sent out by Rossendale Council about missed council tax payments are changing.

The new messages will be longer, more detailed and may be sent as voice messages as well as text or email.

The messages are an additional step in advance of having to issue a statutory ‘red letter’ reminder.

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Family fun day this weekend

Published on May 2, 2019 at 12:33 pm

Bounce into the bank holiday with an afternoon out at the Mayor of Rossendale’s charity family fun day this weekend.

Taking place on Sunday, May 5th from 12-4pm at the South Shore playing fields at St Mary’s Community Sports Club, the event promises fun for all the family.

Activities will include a children’s fancy dress competition, cowboy camp, bouncy castle, raffle, lucky dip and a veteran’s live museum.

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Last chance to win £50 of Amazon vouchers

Published on April 30, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Residents across Pennine Lancashire are being asked to exercise their fingers and take part in a new online survey.

As well as helping shape how up to £10m of Sport England is spent locally, participants will be in the running for one of 10 £50 Amazon vouchers.

But, there’s just hours to go with the deadline being today, Tuesday, April 30.

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European Elections: what you need to know

Published on April 30, 2019 at 2:15 pm

The European Parliament Elections which will take place on Thursday, May 23.

More than five million people across North West England, including Rossendale, will have the opportunity to vote in these elections to select the region’s eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs.)

Verification, or official checking, of the votes will take place on Friday 24 May and the count and results announcement will take place on Sunday 26 May after polls close across Europe.

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Update on travellers who recently stopped at Futures Park

Published on April 17, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Over the past few days, we have had a few queries from residents and the local media about travellers who stopped at Futures Park recently. We have also have been asked for an update on the emerging local plan and the gypsy and traveller transit site.

After the travellers moved off site a full clean-up operation was organised for Thursday, April 11 as per our normal processes.

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Bacup set for spring clean as part of national event

Published on April 15, 2019 at 11:14 am

Do you want to join in the country’s biggest-ever spring clean and help make Rossendale tidy?

Volunteers are being sought to blitz Bacup in a community clean-up as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

Taking place this Wednesday, April 17 from 10am-1pm the clean-up and planting day will see volunteers tackle the area from Alma Road to Industrial Street.

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Pet grooming shop owner fined over £1,300 following the death of a dog

Published on April 10, 2019 at 11:55 am

A Rossendale man has been found guilty of eight offences after his boarding establishment for dogs was found to be in breach of licensing rules and for running a boarding establishment without the necessary licence.

Richard Coop pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the conditions of his licence for home boarding under the Animal Establishments Act of 1963 as well as operating a further boarding establishment without the authority of a licence and was ordered to pay a £315 fine, £1,000 in costs and a victim surcharge of £31.

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Free training on food allergies

Published on April 4, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Food and drink businesses in Rossendale are being invited to attend a free training course on food allergies.

Rossendale Council is hosting the two-hour long sessions in the Council Chamber at Futures Park, Bacup.

Delivered by environmental health officers, the sessions are designed to give Rossendale businesses confidence and reassurance when it comes to serving customers.

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Help the Council’s scrutiny committee develop their work programme

Published on April 3, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Each year, it is the responsibility of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to select suitable topics for inclusion and consideration for its the annual work programme. Deciding the topics for the year is a key aspect of the overview and scrutiny process.

The aim of overview and scrutiny is to add value to the work of the Council and produce worthwhile outcomes for local people.

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Latest Civic Pride blog

Published on March 28, 2019 at 3:02 pm

A lot of interest is being shown in the Great British Spring Clean between March 22nd and April 23rd and Civic Pride Rossendale welcome anything that highlights the scourge of litter and inspires people to roll up their sleeves and get picking!

Civic Pride volunteers are out there 365 days a year clearing our streets and open spaces so, in addition to organising their own mass litter pick, they’re helping out with two others as well.

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Crackdown on Rossendale law breakers

Published on March 28, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Rossendale Council’s public protection team has successfully brought prosecutions against several people accused of various crimes recently.

Two residents were prosecuted and fined for abandoning cars in Rossendale in separate incidents.

Daniel Barry of Crawshawbooth and Lauren Anderson of Whitworth were found guilty in their absence at Burnley Magistrates and were ordered to pay over £1,000 each.

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Rawtenstall station redevelopment underway

Published on March 27, 2019 at 11:43 am

Rossendale Council has welcomed progress on the redevelopment of Rawtenstall Station.

Diggers moved in this week to begin work on building a new canopy which will eventually span the entire length and width of the station buildings. East Lancashire Railway says the £600,000 development will see

Rawtenstall Station redeveloped to ‘provide enhanced facilities for not only visitors to the East Lancashire Railway but the local community too’.

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Leader welcomes multi-million pound Sport England boost

Published on March 25, 2019 at 4:01 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has welcomed more good news for the borough as it was announced Pennine Lancashire is to benefit from potentially up to £10m in funding to help more people be physically active.

Last year Pennine Lancashire, which Rossendale is part of, was successful in being named as one of 12 pilot areas to work with Sports England to develop bold new approaches to build healthier, more active communities.

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Council publishes vision for Bacup as bid is submitted to government for future high street funding

Published on March 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

A new vision for Bacup, shaped by residents and businesses, has been published.

Bacup 2040 Vision has been used as a basis of a bid for the Future High Street Fund, which the Council confirmed it was applying for last month.

More than £2m of investment has been brought into the town already through the Bacup  Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) fund.

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Spring into Easter with a family fun festival in Bacup

Published on March 22, 2019 at 9:15 am

The Bacup Now Easter Festival is on its way with a massive line-up for kids big and small.

Taking place on Saturday, April 20th, from 10am to 4pm at Bacup Market and on Irwell Terrace, there will be the traditional Britannia Coconut Dancers Easter Boundary Dance, a chance to meet ‘Star Wars’ characters and performances by Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts and The Rossendale Drum Majorettes.

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Rail link ‘on track’ as planning group set up

Published on March 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm

A steering group will lead on the planning and delivery of the proposed commuter rail link from Rossendale to Manchester, with stops along the way at Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom, Bury and Heywood.

The Valley City Link group brings together MPs Jake Berry, Liz McInnes and James Frith; representatives from Rossendale, Bury, Rochdale and Lancashire County Councils; Transport for Greater Manchester; Greater Manchester and East Lancashire Chambers of Commerce and local business leaders.

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Pioneering scheme to get people back into work hailed a success

Published on March 14, 2019 at 4:50 pm

A pioneering Rossendale project that has helped 25 people back into work could become a blueprint for a Lancashire-wide scheme.

Plans are now being drawn up that could see Rossendale Works being replicated in other boroughs.

Employability Officer Paul Becouarn is employed by Active Lancashire and delivers the project on behalf of Rossendale Council.

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Be part of the big pick

Published on March 13, 2019 at 11:46 am

Join the country’s biggest-ever Spring clean and help make Rossendale tidy.

The Great British Spring Clean takes place from 22nd March – 23rd April 2019 across the UK, organised by Keep Britain Tidy – and we need you to take action to improve the environment on your doorstep by joining the country’s biggest mass-participation environmental campaign.

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Council announces Rawtenstall market partnership plans

Published on March 12, 2019 at 5:31 pm

Rossendale Council has announced plans for an exciting partnership to rejuvenate Rawtenstall market.

In papers published today, the Council has outlined plans which will see the owners of the very successful Clog Market take on the management of Rawtenstall Market.

Speaking about the announcement, Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, said:

“We want to see all our markets be vibrant, colourful and bustling, venues that bring in local people as well as shoppers from far and wide.

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Civic Pride latest blog: Tackling river rubbish

Published on March 12, 2019 at 2:52 pm

The first Sunday in March saw an enthusiastic team of Civic Pride volunteers donning wellies, waders and hi vis jackets to remove some of the detritus that had been thrown into the Rivers Irwell and Limey Water where they meet to the side of B&M Bargains in Rawtenstall.

In addition to five shopping trollies, a chair and lots of other items, 12 bags were also filled with smaller items. 

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Council statement on parking in Rawtenstall

Published on March 11, 2019 at 4:25 pm

We are aware of rumours circulating on social media that Rossendale Council has put together a secret plan for parking in Rawtenstall. We wanted to address those rumours.

No secret plan for parking has been put together. As our leader Councillor Alyson Barnes said in February, we are developing a broader parking strategy, which will be shaped and influenced by a cross party working group and which will be undertaken in consultation with traders groups and the community partnership.

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Council welcomes leisure partnership announcement

Published on March 11, 2019 at 4:17 pm

Rossendale Council has welcomed news that Rossendale Leisure Trust and Community Leisure Association of Whitworth have agreed a new partnership.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, said:

“We welcome this announcement and look forward to continue to work with both organisations. We will continue to support the partnership by providing back office assistance such as payroll, IT and transaction services.”

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Be part of the big pick!

Published on March 7, 2019 at 4:15 pm

Join the country’s biggest-ever Spring clean and help make Rossendale tidy.

The Great British Spring Clean takes place from 22nd March – 23rd April 2019 across the UK, organised by Keep Britain Tidy – and we need you to take action to improve the environment on your doorstep by joining the country’s biggest mass-participation environmental campaign.

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Ceremony marks progress on bus station

Published on March 5, 2019 at 6:01 pm

Partners signed the steel of the new Rawtenstall bus station to mark progress on the multi-million pound development.

Representatives from Rossendale Council, developers Barnfield and Transdev each took turns to leave goodwill messages on the frame of the new bus station.

Transdev has committed to using the new bus station.

Work on the station, funded by the Council, Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, is due to finish in early summer.

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Councillors agree Haslingden match funding

Published on March 1, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Rossendale Council has agreed to ring fence £160,000 to support Haslingden town centre as a fresh bid for funding is prepared.

Working with the recently re-established Haslingden Taskforce, the Council is preparing a bid for Heritage Funding.

A bid was made last year but while unsuccessful, the Council received many positive comments and has been encouraged to submit a further one this year.

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Fountain renovation given green light

Published on February 27, 2019 at 7:34 pm

Councillors on Rossendale Council’s Development Control Committee have approved plans to install a lighting feature on Bacup Coronation fountain.

As part of efforts to improve the town and thanks to the £2m injection through the Townscape Heritage Initiative, the Council is looking to renovate the fountain.

Now planning permission has been granted, work on the fountain will begin shortly.

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Consultation launched on dog control orders

Published on February 26, 2019 at 7:42 pm

Rossendale Council is asking for views on proposals to renew the borough’s dog control orders.

The consultation can be viewed here. It closes in April.

Councillor Jackie Oakes, portfolio holder for operations, said:

“We want to hear people’s views on this. Dog control orders are not something new. They have been around for a few years but we have to review them regularly.

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Council announces new funding bids for Haslingden and Bacup

Published on February 21, 2019 at 4:18 pm

Councillors are set to agree to ring fence nearly £200,000 to support Haslingden town centre as a fresh bid for funding is prepared.

Working with the recently re-established Haslingden Taskforce, Rossendale Council is preparing a bid for Heritage Funding.

A bid was made last year and while unsuccessful, the Council received many positive comments and has been encouraged to submit a further one this year.

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New video lifts lid on planning enforcement

Published on February 21, 2019 at 11:12 am

Find out more about the vital work of the Council’s planning enforcement team in this new video.

Planning enforcement is a vitally important area of work for the Council.

Issues are dealt with in the first instance by education and negotiation, however direct action can and will be taken to remove unlawful development and prosecute offenders when deemed necessary, as in this recent case.

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