Monthly Archives: May 2020

Transformation of the Whitaker takes a step forward

Published on May 29, 2020 at 3:37 pm

An exciting £1.9million National Lottery-funded transformation of The Whitaker in Rawtenstall will begin in June after local firm B&E Boys was awarded the contract.

The project which includes converting the former barn and stables is being delivered by Rossendale Borough Council in partnership with the Whitaker CIC and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund with matched funding of £189,950 from the council.

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Council receives funding to help reopen its high streets safely

Published on May 29, 2020 at 10:33 am

Rossendale Council is set to receive more than £60,000 to help reopen its high streets safely.

Local authorities are to be given funding from the government to put in safety measures to help reopen high streets and commercial sectors.

The leader of the Council has welcomed the funding however has once again highlighted that overall the money from government to cover costs of dealing with COVID-19 is simply not enough.

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Council backs fire and water safety plea

Published on May 27, 2020 at 2:34 pm

Rossendale Council is urging residents to follow Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service advice on wildfires water safety during the hot weather.

Following government announcements that some lockdown rules have been relaxed, LFRS reminded residents of the dangers of wildfires and open swimming.

The advice can be found here.

Councillor Steve Hughes, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Customers, said:

“The basics in this next phase of lockdown has not changed – stay at home as much as possible but if you do go out make sure you practice social distancing.

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Council leader looks forward to further government talks on rail link

Published on May 27, 2020 at 12:42 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has welcomed the government’s offer of further talks over restoring a rail link for Rossendale.

Rossendale Council submitted an application to the Restoring Your Railway fund based on its early strategic case for investment for a commuter link between Rossendale and Manchester, with stops along the way at Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom, Bury and Heywood.

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Happy Eid from the leader of the Council

Published on May 23, 2020 at 10:22 am

The Leader of Rossendale Council has wished a Happy Eid to all those celebrating in the coming days.

The Muslim festival which follows the holy month of Ramadan will take place this coming Sunday.

Usually a time for family gatherings and congregational prayers, this year’s Eid will be very different due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Civic Pride blog: We’re back

Published on May 20, 2020 at 2:34 pm

Civic Pride Rossendale (CPR) are back!  Expect to see our willing volunteers in their hi-vis jackets across the town over the coming weeks as we start to clear the litter and undo a lot of what nature has been doing to our wonderful community gardens.

We’re strictly following government guidelines by working singly or in pairs but with social distancing firmly in place which means you won’t see us in a group on a Thursday morning until things improve. 

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Government guidance on workplace opening

Published on May 20, 2020 at 12:20 pm

The Government has announced that certain business and workplaces are now able to open.

It has published guidance for employers to help them get their businesses re-opened in some form and to keep workplaces operating safely.

The full details can be found here:

The guidance applies to businesses currently open and the additional businesses which can open from Wednesday, May 13th, which are: garden centres and some outdoor sports facilities such as golf courses.

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Stay safe and social distance at parks, residents urged

Published on May 19, 2020 at 4:52 pm

People are being urged to stay safe and stick to social distancing rules when using Rossendale parks and green spaces.

Rossendale Council kept the parks open since lockdown measures were introduced so people could use them to exercise daily.

Now residents can go out to exercise more often, the Council is urging park users to keep to strict social distancing rules.

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Leader urges government to provide more financial aid

Published on May 19, 2020 at 2:46 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council is once again urging the government to fully reimburse the cost of dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Council has received emergency funding, that while welcome, does not fully make up for the loss of income or the additional cost incurred in responding and recovering from the emergency.

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Business grant money still available

Published on May 19, 2020 at 10:31 am

Rossendale Borough Council has now paid out more than £14 million to businesses in the valley during the coronavirus crisis.

These have Government grants been paid to 1,319 businesses across Rossendale to help them cope while being forced to close due to the pandemic.

A number of  businesses are still eligible for the grants and  are urged to apply.

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Artist being sought for Haslingden heritage project

Published on May 19, 2020 at 8:27 am

Rossendale Council is looking for an artist to lead an exciting community led project as part of exciting new plans for Haslingden.

The town is in the running for National Lottery Heritage funding and the Council is looking to appoint an artist to develop public art proposals for the Big Light project.

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Take part in travelling the virtual mile

Published on May 18, 2020 at 4:51 pm

Rossendale residents are being encouraged to get out and with run or walk a mile as part of a two-week health challenge.

This week should have been one of the borough’s biggest fitness events of the year – the primary school cross country championships.

Sadly, the event has been postponed because of the on-going coronavirus emergency but the organisers are challenging the borough to part in a virtual mile competition instead.

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Coronavirus testing in Rossendale

Published on May 15, 2020 at 5:16 pm

A temporary testing facility for Coronavirus will be heading to Marl Pits Leisure Centre on Newchurch Road in Rawtenstall.

Testing will be taking place from tomorrow (Saturday 16 May) to Monday 18 May.

The Lancashire Resilience Forum wants people to be aware that appointments are required to attend and people must not just turn up.

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Leader proud of Council’s COVID-19 response

Published on May 15, 2020 at 3:04 pm

Newly released figures show how the Council has been delivering essential services, protecting the vulnerable and supporting businesses during the coronavirus crisis.

Figures for the period March 25 to May 1, show the Council supported 80 families at risk of becoming homeless, dealt with more than 2000 calls from residents, dealt with more than a hundred fly-tipping incidents and contacted nearly 2000 of the borough’s most vulnerable residents through Rossendale Connected.

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Short film shared to warn young people of image sharing dangers

Published on May 14, 2020 at 4:16 pm

A film created to warn young people of image-sharing dangers is being shared to help educators and parents open up conversations about the issue during the Covid-19 crisis.

As young people are spending more time online during the pandemic the film has now been made available to be viewed more widely and can be accessed on online platform vimeo.

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Council leader responds to decision not to reopen Haslingden recycling centre

Published on May 13, 2020 at 3:27 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has asked Lancashire County Council to rethink its decision to keep the recycling centre in Haslingden closed despite others in the county reopening.

Councillor Alyson Barnes said she welcomed news county were reopening centres but said she was left very disappointed when it was confirmed Rossendale”s one would not be among them.

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Coronavirus update: Strict social distancing still needed

Published on May 12, 2020 at 9:06 am

Coronavirus has had a terrible toll on us all in this borough. But we are a resilient folk in Rossendale. And as a borough, we have responded magnificently to this awful virus.

Everyone has played their part in limiting the spread of the virus, protecting the NHS and keeping people safe  – by staying at home, by strictly social  distancing when out, by volunteering to help and by keeping an eye out on vulnerable neighbours.

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Pioneering employment project back up and running

Published on May 7, 2020 at 2:53 pm

A pioneering employability programme of projects that has helped more than 60 people in Rossendale back into work has adapted to the challenges brought by COVID-19 by moving online.

Rossendale Works and Futures are Rossendale Council projects, which from May 1 is being funded by European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) as part of the More Positive Together Project.

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Nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service now open

Published on May 6, 2020 at 5:20 pm

Nominations from community or voluntary groups in Rossendale are being sought for the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The award, described as an MBE for charities and community groups, recognises outstanding work done by groups in their own communities.

Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award.

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Council leader joins calls for council Covid-19 funding

Published on May 6, 2020 at 2:33 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council is joining other Lancashire local authorities in calling for the Government to reassure them they will be fully  reimbursed for the cost of dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak.​

Earlier this week, the Government announced a second allocation of money for Lancashire to support the efforts being made to keep residents, especially the most vulnerable, safe and protected.

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Leader welcomes LCC’s recycling centre update

Published on May 5, 2020 at 5:21 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has welcomed Lancashire County Council’s latest update on reopening the borough’s recycling centre in Haslingden.

Lancashire County Council has announced it is putting plans in place to reopen the centres but no firm details have been outlined yet.

Councillor Alyson Barnes said:

“A lot of residents have raised with me that they feel Haslingden recycling centre should be open especially as there appears to be a rise in flytipping.

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Civic Pride latest blog: Isle of Man comes to the borough

Published on May 4, 2020 at 5:37 pm

So what do Civic Pride Rossendale volunteers get up to during the lockdown?  Gardening, spring cleaning, catching up on their reading?  All these things for sure but Mike and Moira Speechley had other ideas!

As keen bikers they were booked to go on a charity ride in the Isle of Man – dressed as Evel Knievel!  

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Join in VE Day with stay at home street parties

Published on May 4, 2020 at 1:11 pm

Residents in Rossendale are being invited to join in with a ‘stay at home street party’ to commemorate 75 years since VE Day.

Due to the coronavirus lockdown, plans to mark the anniversary across the borough have had to be cancelled.

But leader of the council, Councillor Alyson Barnes, hopes the residents will celebrate at home with bunting, afternoon tea and a doorstep sing-a-long.

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