Monthly Archives: June 2019

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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