Monthly Archives: September 2019

Survey launched on vision for Bacup

Published on September 30, 2019 at 4:10 pm

The views of Rossendale’s residents are being sought to help influence the final version of a masterplan laying out the future vision for Bacup.

An emerging Bacup 2040 Vision and Masterplan was published in March following five months of extensive community consultation.

Now a further 6-week consultation will invite further thoughts and feedback to help finalise the document.

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Council declares climate emergency

Published on September 30, 2019 at 1:59 pm

Rossendale Council has declared a climate emergency as councillors warn urgent action is needed to the tackle the crisis.

At last night’s meeting of Council, councillors agreed a motion which commits the Council to become carbon neutral by 2030.

The motion, proposed and seconded by Councillor Steve Hughes and Councillor Janice Johnson respectively, also commits the Council to set a 100 per cent clean energy target, write to government to urge that it brings forward more funding and devolved powers to help the Council meet its target and create a new climate change member champion.

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Vital homes for families in need being developed in Rossendale.

Published on September 26, 2019 at 4:10 pm

Rossendale Borough Council is buying, repairing and refurbishing three empty properties to be used as affordable supported temporary accommodation.

There is currently no temporary supported accommodation suitable for families in the borough except for one house that the council owns, and there is need for more homes.

These will be used for families who are temporarily homeless due to various circumstances including domestic violence, family breakdown or a negative change in finances.

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Rossendale Council announces new Chief Executive

Published on September 26, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Following a rigorous selection process, a new Chief Executive of Rossendale Council has been appointed.

The appointment of Neil Shaw, currently Strategic Director at Great Yarmouth Borough Council, was approved by councillors at last night’s Full Council.

Neil has held senior roles in local government across the country. He also spent several years as an Senior Advisor and Programme Manager at the Local Government Association.

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Community Awards nominations closing soon

Published on September 23, 2019 at 11:40 am

There’s not long left to show local heroes some love as Rossendale Council’s Community Awards’ nominations close this week.

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 still be nominated until Friday, September 27.

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A new play area is coming to Rising Bridge thanks to a funding boost

Published on September 20, 2019 at 12:00 pm

The project will involve new play equipment for children aged 0-16 including a zip-wire, new safety surfacing, drainage for the play area and a football pitch and a picnic area, to replace the old and worn play equipment. New pathways will be installed meaning that the Play Area will be accessible to all.

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New jobs created as major firm moves to Rossendale

Published on September 18, 2019 at 1:25 pm

A major manufacturing firm is relocating to Rossendale in a multi-million pound move, that will create new jobs, after receiving help from Rossendale Council.

Melba Swintex is in the process of moving into a semi-derelict, vacant site in Stubbins which it is renovating and refurbishing with over £5m of investment.

The Council has worked with the company through its Invest in Rossendale programme, which has helped them benefit from NNDR business rates relief.

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Statement on Haslingden Cemetery

Published on September 17, 2019 at 1:48 pm

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council, said:

Over the last few days I have had many dozens of emails relating to the plans to move a small part of the parks and cemeteries team at Haslingden Cemetery from their current location at The Whitaker.

I want to thank everyone for taking the time to get in touch and share their views with us.

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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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