Monthly Archives: August 2019

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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