Yearly Archives: 2020

Local mum latest beneficiary of affordable warmth grant

Published on February 19, 2020 at 4:46 pm

Rossendale Council is taking action on fuel poverty to provide eligible residents with little or no cost insulation and brand new A-rated boilers.

The Council’s Affordable Warmth Grant provides funding for first-time central heating, boiler upgrades, radiator repairs and gas fire replacements.

The scheme is managed by award-winning Community Interest Company YES Energy Solutions on behalf of the Council.

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Love your park!

Published on February 19, 2020 at 1:27 pm

Rossendale  Council’s Community Team is working on a Love Parks project to give a boost to the borough’s green spaces.

The first park we are working on is Edgeside Park in Waterfoot, alongside Newground Landscape Services.

The Love Parks initiative was developed following the success of the work in Stubbylee Park, where the community, the council and partners worked together to make real improvements.

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Council update on future plans for Rawtenstall

Published on February 18, 2020 at 1:24 pm

Over the last few years, the Council with its partners have worked really hard to improve our town centres. This work has paid dividends especially in Rawtenstall.

In Rawtenstall, a lot has been delivered and it is clear there is a lot of positivity around the town.

Residents, visitors and businesses have fed back how good the town centre is looking, how the night time economy is booming and how great it is there is an influx of quality food and drink retailers.

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Play area work set to start

Published on February 17, 2020 at 4:29 pm

Work to develop a new play area in Rising Bridge is due to start this week.

The project will involve new play equipment for children aged 0-16, new safety surfacing, drainage for the play area and a football pitch and a picnic area, to replace the old and worn play equipment.

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Council’s attention turns to suicide prevention

Published on February 13, 2020 at 1:22 pm

Rossendale Council has joined forces with a national alliance that is aiming to eradicate suicide in the UK as part of a drive on suicide prevention.

The Zero Suicide Alliance’s coalition of like-minded partners are working together to help rid the UK of suicide by initially raising awareness of a free online suicide prevention training programme.

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CCTV Hub gains top award

Published on February 10, 2020 at 1:18 pm

Region’s CCTV Hub has been awarded a top security award.

The CCTV hub, based in Blackburn town centre, was awarded the CCTV camera commissioner certificate of compliance.

It was awarded the accolade following an audit by the Security Camera Commissioner (SCC). It shows that the hub works with the Protection of Freedoms Act and the Secretary of State’s “Surveillance Camera Code of Practice”.

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Council leader praise after Storm Ciara hits Rossendale

Published on February 10, 2020 at 11:59 am

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Alyson Barnes has praised residents, emergency services, staff and volunteers for their efforts after heavy wind and rain hit the borough.

There were a number of flooding incidents as bad weather battered the borough. A major incident was declared across Lancashire.

Councillor Barnes said:

It’s been a tough weekend for people and the weather has caused a lot of disruption.

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Applications open for community fund

Published on February 5, 2020 at 2:27 pm

The latest round of the Rossendale Community Fund is open for applications and local organisations are invited to apply before the deadline of Monday, February 17.

The Rossendale Community Fund was created by Rossendale Council in partnership with the Community Foundation for Lancashire to offer grants to support projects that help families and children and young people engage in community activities and learning.

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Further statement on budget setting

Published on February 3, 2020 at 1:34 pm

Plans for next year’s budget are to be presented to members of the overview and scrutiny as the Council continues its budget setting process.

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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New neighbourhood forum request

Published on February 3, 2020 at 10:50 am

The Council has received an application to establish a neighbourhood forum for Bacup and Stacksteads.

Prior to formalising this, we are required to both publicise the request and invite comments about whether this group should be able to prepare the neighbourhood plan and if the boundary being proposed for the neighbourhood area is correct.

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CCTV upgrade for Rossendale

Published on January 29, 2020 at 2:33 pm

A new upgraded CCTV system is in operation across Rossendale.

A total of 19 new cameras are now in place in Haslingden, Rawtenstall and Bacup. These are mainly in the town centres and are directly linked to the central CCTV Hub for Lancashire.

The upgrade includes all new HD cameras, which provide much better quality footage, which are all networked and connected to the CCTV hub, which allows them to be monitored 24 hours a day, a facility not previously available for Rossendale.

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Christmas tree recycling boost for borough

Published on January 29, 2020 at 11:10 am

A total of 250 real Christmas trees have been donated to Rossendale Council for recycling.

Environmental officers have been busy disposing of and recycling the trees following the offer to collect the real trees after the festive season for just £5.

The trees are being shredded and the organic material will be used for recycling.

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New breakfast club in Bacup launches

Published on January 29, 2020 at 9:12 am

A new breakfast club and drop in has been launched to engage and assist residents from the Bacup area to make a difference to their lives.
The Brew and Breakfast Club, based at Trinity Baptist Church on Market Street, Bacup, will be open every Thursday from 10-noon.

It is being organised by Rossendale Works and Rossendale Futures, employability projects set up by Rossendale Council and Active Lancashire and the Department of Work of Pensions

At the first meeting, partner agencies led round table discussions to consider local issues and ways the new club could try to tackle them.

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Council Leader marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Published on January 27, 2020 at 10:42 am

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place today and is a chance for people across the world to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of people killed under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in CambodiaRwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Marking the day, Council leader Alyson Barnes said:

Today we pay tribute to all the victims of the murderous Nazi regime, where all the institutions of state were geared towards the extermination of Jewish men, women and children and other deemed unworthy of life.

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Rossendale Local Plan – proposed allocation of the Gypsy and Traveller Transit Site

Published on January 22, 2020 at 1:44 pm

Rossendale Council is asking for comments on the proposed allocation of the Gyspy and Traveller Transit site at the former Little Tooter Quarry, Sharneyford, as part of the emerging Rossendale Local Plan.

The consultation documents and further information and can be found on the Council’s website as well as at the One Stop Shop (Futures Park) and at local libraries.

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New prosecutions for the Council

Published on January 21, 2020 at 1:44 pm

Penalties totalling more than £1,400 have been handed to three people for offences in the borough.

Khalid Jamil (60), director of Driven Cab Rental registered at Unit 11, Sovereign Enterprise Park, King William Street, Salford, was found guilty of obstructing a Rossendale Borough Council officer by failing to give the location of a vehicle.

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Statement on funding proposals for St Mary’s Gyratory

Published on January 16, 2020 at 2:13 pm

Comment from Rossendale Borough Council Leader Councillor Alyson Barnes on the funding proposals to improve traffic and air quality on St Mary’s Way, including the gyratory, in Rawtenstall. The issue will be discussed at a Lancashire County Council Cabinet meeting on Thursday, January 16th.

It is part of the  report on the Proposed Submission to the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point Fund.

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Rossendale couple ‘shower’ praise after disabled grant success

Published on January 16, 2020 at 1:51 pm

Haslingden resident Barbara Holden, 80, has been handed a new lease of life after Rossendale Council awarded her a Disabled Facilities Grant, and arranged much-needed changes to her home.

The grants are available to support people with disabilities if they need to adapt their house or install specialist equipment.

They are designed to improve freedom of movement in and around people’s homes giving access to essential facilities and keeping them safe in their home.

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Latest Civic Pride blog: a New Year clean-up!

Published on January 13, 2020 at 4:55 pm

2020 has started well for Civic Pride Rossendale (CPR).  Unable to attend the mass Rawtenstall clean up on New Year’s Day, one of our CPR volunteers was in Waterfoot centre at 7am on New Year’s Day to clear up the carnage from the previous evening!  Three hours later, the area was transformed as can be seen from the photos of the bus stop on Bacup Road.

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New Chief Executive’s desire to make “positive impact” on people’s lives

Published on January 13, 2020 at 1:32 pm

Rossendale Council’s new Chief Executive, Neil Shaw, has spoken about his first impressions of the borough, and of his aims and ambitions for the role, in a new video interview.

Watch it below:

Council Leader, Alyson Barnes, said:

I am absolutely delighted Neil accepted the role and has joined us in Rossendale.

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New funding enables further work to crack downs on rogue landlords

Published on January 9, 2020 at 10:06 am

Work to crack down on rogue landlords in Rossendale will continue after the Council was awarded more money to help tackle the issue.

The Council was successful in an initial bid for £18k in 2018 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

That money has been used in a multi-agency approach to clampdown on bad 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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Leader’s concerns over health and wellbeing services closures

Published on January 7, 2020 at 9:36 am

The Leader of the Council has raised her concerns again over the ending of two health and wellbeing services and has offered to work with partners to look for a solution.

The Lancashire Wellbeing Service (LWS), a programme, which supports thousands of people across Lancashire with low-level health and social care issues, has ended while funding for Rossendale’s Home Improvement Agency will cease in March.

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A few highlights from 2019

Published on January 2, 2020 at 2:03 pm

As we are now in a new year and also a new decade, we thought we would celebrate by putting together a quick compilation of some of our favourite pictures and clips from 2019.

Special thanks to our favourite young recycler Jessica.

We wish everyone in our wonderful borough a Happy New Year.

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