Monthly Archives: March 2020

Coronavirus update

Published on March 31, 2020 at 3:39 pm

Council staff continue to go above and beyond the call of duty to keep providing essential services, support our most vulnerable residents and support our businesses as much as we can through these extremely difficult times for us all.

It also means we have to make tough but necessary decisions.

Sadly, we have had to make the decision, in line with government advice and guidance, and in line with what other councils have done, to close our cemeteries except to funerals.

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Local plan hearing on April 2 postponed

Published on March 30, 2020 at 1:33 pm

A hearing by planning inspectors on the proposed Gypsy and Traveller transit has been postponed.

The public hearing was due to take place on April 2. A new date to hold the hearing is being looked at as well as whether it could be hosted via a video link if it has to be scheduled during the current government lockdown measures.

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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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