Monthly Archives: February 2019

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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Bacup man caught on camera throwing dog waste into River Irwell

Published on February 19, 2019 at 1:42 pm

A pensioner has been ordered to pay more than £300 after he was recorded disposing of his dog waste in the river six times.

Geoffrey Wright of Lee Road, Bacup, was caught throwing the waste between 12th and 14th October 2018. He has ordered to pay £200 legal costs to Rossendale Borough Council and £133.34 for investigations costs.

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Green progress for taxi trips in Rossendale

Published on February 18, 2019 at 1:56 pm

Funding has been granted to Rossendale Borough Council to install electric charge points for taxis.

The Department for Transport has announced it will provide £630K across Lancashire in funding to support ultra-low emission taxis – with four charging points to be installed across Rossendale.

The successful bid will see the installation of 24 charge points – four per council area – across Lancashire.

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Council supports Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

Published on February 14, 2019 at 1:48 pm

Rossendale Council is joining forces with national and local organisations to support Fuel Poverty Awareness Day taking place this Friday, February 15.

The national day of recognition is designed to highlight the problems faced by those struggling to keep warm in their homes and all the work being undertaken to tackle the issue.

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Historic town hall officially re-opened after renovation works

Published on February 13, 2019 at 2:32 pm

The Deputy Leader of Rossendale Council, Cllr Christine Lamb, re-opened Rawtenstall’s renovated town hall last week.

New tenants, Together Housing, welcomed Council officials along with guests from the Rossendale Together Barnfield Partnership to attend the ribbon cutting and tour the building.

Together Housing will use the space to deliver important front-line services across Rossendale.

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Council sends Rossendale tree felling warning

Published on February 12, 2019 at 2:48 pm

People are being urged to get permission before felling trees on their land, after prosecutions were brought by Rossendale Council against two men for removing trees with a value of around £22,000.

Land owner Matthew Cook appeared at Burnley Magistrates Court on Thursday, February 7 and pleaded guilty to felling 6 trees in a Cloughfold conservation area in August 2018.

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Council update on Future High Streets Fund bid

Published on February 11, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Rossendale Council has confirmed it is considering putting forward one of its town centres for recently announced government funding.

£675m is available nationally to help town centres adapt to the changes in the way people shop and use them.

There is strict criteria. Government have confirmed it is only for town centres that are facing significant challenges.

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Council leader delighted premier mountain biking event returns to borough

Published on February 7, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Northern Grip, a premier mountain biking festival, which attracts hundreds of people from across the country to the borough, is returning to Rossendale.

Commenting on the news, Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, said:

“I am delighted Northern Grip will take place in Stubbylee Park and Lee Quarry again.

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Council leader statement on parking in Rossendale

Published on February 5, 2019 at 4:44 pm

There has been a few concerns raised about parking in the borough over recent weeks.

Responding to the concerns, Council leader Alyson Barnes said:

“I fully understand concerns over parking in Rawtenstall and also the wider borough. Good availability of parking spaces is one of the key reasons people decide to come to a place and spend money and time in a centre.

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Council leader responds to transport plan publication

Published on February 4, 2019 at 1:25 pm

Rossendale Council’s leader Alyson Barnes has expressed disappointment that Rossendale to Manchester rail link is not listed as a priority project in Transport for the North’s strategic transport plan (STP).

Last week, Transport for the North published its Strategic Transport Plan (STP) and investment programme.

A rail link for Rossendale is included in the plan but on a list of possible interventions after 2027.

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Council outlines budget proposals for 2019/20

Published on February 1, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Rossendale Council has outlined its budget plans for the coming year as it continues its efforts to balance the books.

Over the last few years, the Council has been hit by significant cuts to its central government grants.

It has meant the Council has had to generate additional income locally, mainly through increased business rates and Council tax revenue.

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