Monthly Archives: April 2020

Virtual support for students applying for college, university or apprenticeships

Published on April 30, 2020 at 1:15 pm

Lancashire colleges and universities are using the latest technology to help young people and adults to make the right choice about their future education and training ahead of the start of the new academic year in September.

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, colleges, universities and other education providers across the county, including school sixth forms, are working hard to ensure that individuals can find out about the fantastic education, training and apprenticeship opportunities that are available locally.

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Borough to pay tribute to fallen key workers

Published on April 28, 2020 at 8:27 am

Rossendale Council will pay tribute to key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus by holding a minute’s silence at 11am today.

Council leader Councillor Alyson Barnes hopes all residents in the borough will take part in a silence to remember all those key workers who have died during the pandemic.

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Community hub helps dozens of vulnerable residents

Published on April 27, 2020 at 1:48 pm

Rossendale’s community hub is being accessed by scores of residents across the borough who need support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rossendale Connected is a multi-agency partnership linking different organisations to support vulnerable residents who are self-isolating or shielding during the pandemic and need assistance

One of the users of the hub in Chris Worswick, 74, from Bacup, who has Parkinson’s which puts her in the vulnerable group so her husband is not allowed to leave the house.

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Business thanks for grants

Published on April 24, 2020 at 4:02 pm

Businesses across the borough have been receiving the Government grants distributed by Rossendale Borough Council.

The grants started to be distributed on Aril 1st and the majority of firms that applied have now received their funds.

The Council has been receiving messages of thanks from businesses for the help given by officers, not only in getting the grants out but in offering help and advice to those in need.

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Council leader wishes borough a Happy St George’s Day

Published on April 23, 2020 at 9:05 am

The leader of Rossendale Council is wishing everyone a Happy St George’s Day.

Councillor Alyson said in a statement to mark the day:

“l want to wish everyone a Happy Saint George’s Day and hope everyone can find some  time to mark the day at home.

“I think it also appropriate to mark the day by once again paying tribute to our country’s brave and dedicated key workers – our doctors, our nurses, our pharmacists, our teachers, our local government staff, our social carers, our police officers, our firefighers, our teachers and teaching assistants. 

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Council welcomes Rossendale business prestigious award

Published on April 22, 2020 at 4:17 pm

Rossendale Council has praised a Bacup based business which has received Royal approval.

Orthoplastics has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, described as an MBE for businesses.

They were named in the International Trade category. The citation read:

“Orthoplastics is recognised globally as the leading materials supplier to the world’s orthopaedic device manufacturers.”

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Council backs nuisance fires plea

Published on April 22, 2020 at 10:23 am

Rossendale Council is backing calls from Lancashire Fire and Rescue for residents not to start unnecessary fires.

The county’s fire service have issued the plea following a ‘notable increase’ in nuisance fires across the county.

The fire service said it’s working hard to ensure incidents can be responded to during the coronavirus lockdown but said improved weather has meant more preventable fires have been happening.

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Appeal to businesses to donate unwanted PPE

Published on April 21, 2020 at 11:00 am

Rossendale businesses are being asked to donate unwanted stocks of personal, protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS for frontline staff to use.

The East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group is appealing to businesses that have stocks of PPE that they aren’t currently using due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Already some businesses have made generous donations of PPE stocks to the NHS, which have been redistributed to frontline services and staff who need it most.

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Residents urged to pray at home during religious festivals

Published on April 21, 2020 at 10:47 am

With Ramadan just days away, Muslim residents are being asked not to visit mosques but to continue to stay at home and pray.

In view of the current situation with the increasing numbers in Covid related deaths, restrictions remain in place for the foreseeable future. In fact, further restrictions could be imposed if the situation does not improve.

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Businesses urged to apply for Government grants

Published on April 20, 2020 at 9:59 am

Rossendale businesses are being reminded to apply for the Government grants during the coronavirus closures.

It is estimated that 1,800 local Rossendale businesses are eligible for the grants, but just over 900 firms have applied so far – only  half of those who could claim.

Rossendale Borough Council is keen to support all businesses and pay out the grants, and has been contacting firms who have not yet applied.

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Overview and Scrutiny Would Like Your Help

Published on April 9, 2020 at 1:55 pm

Each year, it is the responsibility of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to select topics for inclusion and consideration in the annual work programme. Deciding the topics for the year is a key aspect of the overview and scrutiny process.

Find out more about scrutiny.

The aim of overview and scrutiny is to add value to the work of the Council and produce worthwhile outcomes for local people.

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Residents encourage to clap for the borough’s key workers

Published on April 9, 2020 at 10:43 am

The Leader of Rossendale Council is asking everyone in the borough to take part in a nationwide round of applause for key workers delivering essential services during the coronavirus crisis.

Councillor Alyson Barnes is appealing to residents to join in a gesture of thanks to frontline health and care heroes as well as other workers and volunteers who are delivering essential services by taking part in a mass round of applause from their doorsteps, windows and balconies on Thursday at 8pm.

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Sport England announce community emergency fund

Published on April 8, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Organisations that deliver or enable sport or physical activity in Rossendale can apply to a new fund set up by Sport England in response to the coronavirus emergency.

The £20m Community Emergency Fund is open for bids from local sports, voluntary and community organisations including small charitable trusts for grants between £300 and £10,000.

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Fund-raising drive launched as hundreds of  residents are helped thanks to the hub

Published on April 7, 2020 at 11:35 am

Rossendale Connected, a new community hub to help Rossendale residents during coronavirus, has taken more than 400 calls since it launched.

The hub, which runs seven days a week, was set-up 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.

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First business payments out today for Rossendale firms

Published on April 6, 2020 at 2:28 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has started to send out Government grant payments to local businesses affected by the coronavirus.

Following the package of support announced by the Government for those affected by the restrictions and closures put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Council contacted businesses to promote access to the grant, and received the funds from Government on Wednesday, 1st April in order to pay the grant.

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Council moves to protect trees

Published on April 3, 2020 at 5:11 pm

Rossendale Council has issued a tree preservation order on land at Melba Swintex, Stubbins Vale Mill.

The issuing of the order follows public concern about trees being felled there.

In simple terms, the order stops anyone from cutting down, topping, lopping, uprooting, wilfully damaging or wilfully destroying any of the trees specified without the consent of the Council.

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Support for local businesses during coronavirus – update

Published on April 2, 2020 at 2:48 pm

Rossendale Borough Council is dedicated to supporting all our local businesses through these challenging and unprecedented times.

The Government has introduced a package of business support for those affected by the restrictions and closures put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Help is also at hand for a range of issues through the Council.

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