Monthly Archives: June 2020

Hope for Haslingden National Lottery funding

Published on June 29, 2020 at 5:17 pm

A NEW website is being launched to back Haslingden’s bid for National Lottery funding to regenerate the town.

Rossendale Borough Council has already been successful in securing £112k from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, match funded by £15k from the council to develop the initial bid.

The website details the £2.5 million plans for the town – including the creation of a landscaped pocket park Cockerill Square, behind shops on Higher Deardengate linking to the town’s market.

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A new dawn for Bacup as Council bids for £11 million boost

Published on June 26, 2020 at 11:04 am

An ambitious plan to secure a vibrant sustainable future for Bacup town centre is being submitted for millions of pounds of government regeneration funding.

Already businesses, residents and visitors have witnessed a rebirth in the town thanks to works carried out with Townscape Heritage Initiative money which was secured by Rossendale Borough Council (RBC).

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Honouring the Armed Forces from home

Published on June 24, 2020 at 12:39 pm

This year Rossendale Borough Council will celebrate Armed Forces Week remotely.

The coronavirus pandemic means that the usual ceremony to celebrate Armed Forces Week will not be held as usual. The Union Flag has been raised in Rawtenstall however, and will remain flying for this week.

Armed Forces Day gives people the opportunity to show their support for the men and women of the Armed Forces past and present and the sacrifices they made and continue to make.

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New team needed for Rawtenstall Market

Published on June 17, 2020 at 8:04 am

A new operations and managerial team is being sought for Rawtenstall Market to take over from Jane Boys.

Jane, who retired after 30 years in clinical nursing management in the NHS, had a vision of how the traditional market could be reinvented to attract a new audience, having already grown a popular artisan Clog Market in Rawtenstall Town Square.

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Discretionary Grants for small businesses

Published on June 15, 2020 at 10:58 am

A new support scheme for small businesses affected by the Covid-19 crisis is now open in Rossendale.

The Government has made £877,750 additional funding available to the Council to allow us to further support small businesses through this grant scheme.

The scheme is aimed at small and micro businesses across the borough who didn’t receive help through the initial Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund.

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Leader praises carers as national week comes to an end

Published on June 14, 2020 at 2:18 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has praised the borough’s carers and lent her support to the national celebration highlighting their contribution to society.

Carers Week has taken place all this week. It is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the country.

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Work to begin following Bacup’s funding success

Published on June 12, 2020 at 10:10 am

Work on a High Street Heritage Action Zone in Bacup is to begin after £1.085m in grant funding was confirmed.

Rossendale Council applied to Historic England for funding to restore and repurpose 22 buildings including the former Regal Cinema.

Properties will be given a new lease of life and see their architectural features refurbished using traditional materials and techniques.

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New campaign launched about making and wearing face coverings

Published on June 10, 2020 at 3:58 pm

Rossendale Council is urging resident to make it, wear it, wash it as face coverings become mandatory on public transport next week.

From Monday, June 15, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England.

Government advice is, wherever possible, for people to continue to avoid public transport and instead walk, cycle or drive, but for some people this may not be an option.

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Council backs calls for people to stop using disposable barbecues in the countryside

Published on June 10, 2020 at 10:07 am

Rossendale Council is backing Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s plea for people not to use disposable barbecues or start campfires in the countryside.

The plea comes after two large wildfires in the county.

The first fire broke out on Darwen Moor last week after a disposable barbecue set surrounding grass alight and spread quickly across a vast area of the moors.

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Council continues to urge residents to social distance

Published on June 9, 2020 at 5:13 pm

Rossendale Council is urging residents to keep adhering to social distancing measures to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.

The plea comes a few days after new research showed the R-rate for the North West could be just above one.

R is a measure of the average number of people one infected person will go on to infect.

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Care home visiting – new guidelines

Published on June 9, 2020 at 2:45 pm

People are being urged to follow Government guidance on social distancing when keeping in touch with family and friends living in care homes and supported living services.

Lancashire Resilience Forum is urging people to continue to keep in contact with their friends and loved ones using digital technology such as video calling, social media or by phone rather than visiting in person.

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Leader’s statement on Black Lives Matter protests

Published on June 9, 2020 at 10:57 am

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council, said in a statement:

“We have all been shocked, appalled and outraged by yet another death of a black person in police custody.

“George Floyd’s death and the subsequent largely peaceful protests have shone a light on the racism and hatred experienced by many across the world, sadly including in our own country.

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Mayor to remain in post because of coronavirus disruption

Published on June 5, 2020 at 12:58 pm

The Mayor of Rossendale, Councillor Barbara Ashworth, is to continue in her role because of the disruption caused by COVID-19.

Traditionally the mayor serves for a year before handing over to a new one in an annual ceremony called Mayor Making.

However, Annual Council has been cancelled and Councillor Ashworth will continue for another year.

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Advice for businesses re-opening in June

Published on June 3, 2020 at 12:26 pm

Shops and retail have been told they can open their doors again from next month following closures due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Government set out a timeline and some retail reopened on Monday and further guidance has been published for how to operate safely to protect staff and customers.

Other shops and stores will be able to open from Monday, June 15, again if certain safety measures and checks are met.

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Coronavirus testing in Rossendale this week

Published on June 2, 2020 at 3:33 pm

A temporary mobile testing unit for Coronavirus will be returning this week to Rossendale.

People only need to be tested if they are showing symptoms.

Testing returns to these locations:

  • Marl Pits Leisure Centre on Newchurch Road in Rawtenstall, from Friday 5 June to Sunday 7 June.

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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Business advice on re-opening – Legionella warning

Published on June 1, 2020 at 2:41 pm

Many businesses will be re-opening in June following closures introduced to help control the spread of coronavirus.

Some firms are oepn from today, such as outdoor markets and car showrooms, followed by retail on June 15. However, where a building has been vacant or had significantly reduced usage it is likely that the water supply has also been unused and this increases the chances of bacteria forming.

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