Yearly Archives: 2020

Borough urged to join in with clap for NHS workers

Published on March 26, 2020 at 5:15 pm

The Leader of Rossendale Council is asking everyone in the borough to take part in a nationwide round of applause for NHS workers

Councillor Alyson Barnes is appealing to residents to join in a gesture of thanks to frontline healthcare heroes by taking part in a mass round of applause from their doorsteps, windows and balconies on Thursday at 8pm.

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Community hub to help Rossendale residents during coronavirus launched

Published on March 26, 2020 at 4:03 pm

A hub to support the communities, families and individuals facing tough times because of the coronavirus outbreak and the stepping up of social distancing and isolation measures is set to be launched.

Rossendale Connected Hub is a partnership between Rossendale Council, Rossendale Leisure Trust, the Rossendale Primary Care Network, Burnley Pendle Rossendale CVS and a wide range of community partner organisations and volunteers.

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Coronavirus scam warnings

Published on March 25, 2020 at 3:40 pm

People are being warned about a series of scams related to the coronavirus.

Rossendale Council are backing The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI)’s warnings issued after reports that scammers are targeted people both in person and through technology and through price rises in shops throughout the country.

One scam involves fake healthcare workers claiming to be offering ?home-testing?

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Coronavirus: Update from the leader and chief executive [March 25]

Published on March 25, 2020 at 10:08 am

This week, the Government announced further measures to try and curb the spread of coronavirus.

This is an extremely worrying time for everyone in the borough.  But it is important we follow the government’s advice and guidance.

The measures to increase social distancing include:

·       Shopping for basic necessities

  • One form of exercise a day
  • Medical need
  • To care for a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to work only when absolutely necessary.

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Update on coronavirus from the leader and chief executive [March 23]

Published on March 23, 2020 at 12:57 pm

The Council is committed to keep you up to date as much as possible during this extremely testing time for our residents, businesses and community groups.

Last week, we launched our first community newsletter, pulled together by our communities team. It includes a wealth of information for people to help during this extremely challenging time.

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NoWcard pass information

Published on March 20, 2020 at 2:34 pm

Anyone with a NoWcard pass in Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool can use it for free travel before 9.30am in the morning from Monday 23 March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The restriction on using concessionary travel passes during the morning peak has been lifted to allow pass holders to take advantage of those shops that are now dedicating the first hour of shopping to older and vulnerable people.

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Update on coronavirus from the leader and chief executive [March 19]

Published on March 19, 2020 at 6:35 pm

As civic leaders, we have committed to keep you up to date as possible and provide regular updates for you as we get face this crisis together.

At present, we are managing to provide our essential services as normally as possible. So far, we are not expecting any disruption on our services other than those outlined yesterday.

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Coronavirus update: Information for businesses [March 19]

Published on March 19, 2020 at 11:01 am

We know many businesses and their employees are worried. We are facing an unprecedented public health crisis. 

An announcement was made by the chancellor for support to businesses on Tuesday.

The government has also set up a support helpline.

Rossendale Council’ s Economic Development Team are logging requests from local businesses for support, but we await further information on how any funding may be distributed.

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Update on coronavirus from the leader and chief executive [March 18]

Published on March 18, 2020 at 4:22 pm

We know this is a very worrying time for our residents and our businesses. We are facing the greatest public health crisis in generations. It is a crisis which is having a major impact on all our lives.

As civic leaders, we want to reassure you and your families that any steps we take are in line with national advice and guidance.

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Latest Civic Pride blog

Published on March 17, 2020 at 12:57 pm

Civic Pride Rossendale (CPR) is recruiting volunteers for Outreach work with local young people. Do you have experience in teaching or working with youth groups? If so, says Roger Grimshaw, Chair of CPR, this is an opportunity to get involved with promoting Civic Pride’s ideas to schools and youth groups in the Valley, and hopefully to encourage more people to take part in activities that benefit the local environment.

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Railway restoration fund bid

Published on March 17, 2020 at 12:52 pm

Rossendale Council has submitted an application to the Government’s Restoring Your Railway Fund. This is a new fund announced by the Government to bring forward rail infrastructure. Successful bidders will be awarded £50,000 to supplement feasibility work and can link to further capital funding.

In 2018, the Council developed an early strategic case for investment which identified five possible delivery options and concluded that such a link was both feasible and viable.

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Leader update on coronavirus situation

Published on March 16, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Council Leader, Alyson Barnes, has updated on the latest situation around coronavirus and the Council’s response to it:

I know residents and businesses are incredibly worried about coronavirus. It is the worst public health crisis in a generation.

As a Council, please be reassured we are working with Lancashire County Council, Public Health England, the NHS and others so we are fully prepared to tackle this in our borough.

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Coronavirus update

Published on March 12, 2020 at 11:35 am

We are continuing to work closely with Lancashire County Council and Public Health England to monitor the developing situation around the coronavirus infection.

The picture is constantly evolving and we are currently undertaking sensible preparations as a responsible organisation informed by LCC, national advice and guidance and Government policy.

In the Council’s role as a community leader we are working with all the relevant authorities and local partners to support the Government’s plan.

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Blog: Archaeology in Rossendale

Published on March 11, 2020 at 3:42 pm

We’re all aware that the industrial revolution had a dramatic effect on the valley over the last 250 years but were there people living here in earlier times? In the Middle Ages? Roman times? Prehistory?

The recently formed South Pennine Archaeology Group (SPAG) based in Rawtenstall are determined find out and have already made some interesting discoveries.

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Council leader marks International Women’s Day

Published on March 8, 2020 at 12:21 pm

International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, takes place today March 8).

The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

Marking the day, Councillor Alyson Barnes said:

“International Women’s Day is a day we can celebrate all the achievements of women from the borough as part of a global celebration.

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Leader welcomes Bacup bid progress

Published on March 4, 2020 at 4:36 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has welcomed progress on Bacup’s multi-million pound bid to improve the town centre.

At tonight’s Cabinet, councillors will receive a report outlining progress on the bid and some very initial concept ideas for the town.

Bacup is in the running for Future High Streets funding and council officers are working closely with councillors, community groups, residents and businesses to put together a credible bid to government.

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Planting for the Future

Published on March 4, 2020 at 10:10 am

Christmas planning has come early in Haslingden and Helmshore.

That’s because the local civic pride group have planted a tree ready for lighting at Christmas.

Haslingden and Helmshore Civic Pride purchased the rooted Nordic spruce tree and planted it in Greenfield Memorial gardens on Tuesday, February 24.

Rossendale Council assisted and, once it has grown to size, will help fit an electricity supply so the tree can be decorated with lights.

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Flooding grants

Published on March 3, 2020 at 3:17 pm

Following on from Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara, there has been some confusion over grants and compensation for people affected by flooding and storm damage.

Any compensation comes from a Government scheme – the Flood Recovery Framework. This is for local council areas that had been significantly impacted.

The criteria for who is eligible for funding is determined by the government not Rossendale Council.

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Council announces extension to pioneering employment project

Published on February 26, 2020 at 3:23 pm

Rossendale Council has announced an extension to a pioneering local employment project that has helped hundreds of people in the two years since it launched.

The scheme, Rossendale Works, is designed to encourage people to initially participate in physical activity before helping them back into employment through work experience and training, matching them with local businesses who have placement opportunities.

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Have your say on walks around the borough

Published on February 26, 2020 at 12:31 pm

A special walking summit is being held to let people give their views on how to boost walking activities in Rossendale.

Rossendale’s Together an Active Future project is looking at how to encourage a more active community and want your input on making it easier for people.

It is hosting a walking summit on Wednesday, February 27th at The Riverside in Whitworth, OL12 8DP.

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Council welcomes flooding funding announcement

Published on February 25, 2020 at 4:46 pm

Rossendale Council has welcomed news that flood grants are being made available to residents and businesses in the borough

The Government has announced a package of measures and financial help to help those directly affected by recent storms.

Households and businesses in Rossendale affected by flooding during Storms Ciara and Dennis may be able to receive financial help.

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Latest Civic Pride blog

Published on February 24, 2020 at 4:31 pm

The Civic Pride Rossendale AGM took place at Rawtenstall Cricket Club on Tuesday, 18th February 2020.

The Mayor of Rossendale, Councillor Barbara Ashworth, the Mayoress Mrs Christine Lamb, and Mr Neil Shaw, Chief Executive of Rossendale Borough Council attended in addition to many CPR volunteers and supporters.

Outgoing Chair of Civic Pride Rossendale, Chris Blomerley, thanked everyone for their hard work over the past year, noting that as CPR enters its third decade, the Valley has never looked cleaner and brighter with groups now successfully operating in Bacup, Weir, Waterfoot, Crawshawbooth, Rawtenstall, Haslingden, Helmshore and beyond.

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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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