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Council publishes vision for Bacup as bid is submitted to government for future high street funding

Published on March 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

A new vision for Bacup, shaped by residents and businesses, has been published.

Bacup 2040 Vision has been used as a basis of a bid for the Future High Street Fund, which the Council confirmed it was applying for last month.

More than £2m of investment has been brought into the town already through the Bacup  Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) fund.

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Council leader statement on parking in Rossendale

Published on February 5, 2019 at 4:44 pm

There has been a few concerns raised about parking in the borough over recent weeks.

Responding to the concerns, Council leader Alyson Barnes said:

“I fully understand concerns over parking in Rawtenstall and also the wider borough. Good availability of parking spaces is one of the key reasons people decide to come to a place and spend money and time in a centre.

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Leader marks day to remember genocide victims

Published on January 27, 2019 at 9:57 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 is a day that reminds us where hatred can lead if it remains unchecked.

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Council backs credit unions

Published on January 23, 2019 at 4:38 pm

Rossendale Council is encouraging anyone who lives or works in the borough to borrow through credit unions instead of high interest money lender sites.

Credit unions are community savings and loan cooperatives, where members pool their savings to lend to one another. They are organisations that are run by their members for the benefit of the members.

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New chance for groups to apply for Rossendale Community Fund

Published on January 15, 2019 at 1:31 pm

Local organisations are invited to apply for a grant of up to £750 from the Fund before the deadline of February 22nd.

The Rossendale Community Fund was created by Rossendale Borough Council in partnership with the Community Foundation for Lancashire to offer grants to support projects that help families, children and young people engage in community activities and learning.

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Merry Christmas from the leader

Published on December 24, 2018 at 10:45 am

The end of the year is approaching so I wanted to reflect on the last year and also look forward to 2019.

In many ways, it’s been a tough year for the Council but we have achieved a lot and I hope many people agree with me that the borough is in a better shape than it was at the start of the year.

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Leader hails Small Business Saturday

Published on December 3, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Councillor Alyson Barnes has expressed her delight at Rossendale’s involvement in Small Business Saturday, which took place on Saturday, December 1.

The national yearly grassroots campaign highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’.

On the day, Rossendale Council issued a series of short videos featuring some of the best local small traders describing what they do and why it’s important to back small business.

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Happy Lancashire Day

Published on November 27, 2018 at 6:02 pm

Today, people in Rossendale have been marking Lancashire Day, the annual event to celebrate the great red rose county.

The leader of the Council, Councillor Alyson Barnes, released the following statement to mark the day:

“Happy Lancashire day everyone. Lancashire is a very special place but I firmly believe Rossendale is the most special of all the boroughs in this beautiful county.

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Rossendale ready for Christmas as the borough lights up

Published on November 15, 2018 at 11:08 am

Christmas lights are switching on all over Rossendale with family friendly fun for all.

In Rawtenstall, Saturday, November 24th will see the town’s lights switch on at the Christmas Clog Market on the Town Square.

The market will take place between 10am and 5pm with artisan stalls, brass band, community choir and food and drink, and the lights switch on takes place at 5pm.

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Rossendale rail link study launched

Published on October 11, 2018 at 11:32 am

Rossendale Council, working in partnership with Lancashire County Council, has commissioned the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) consultants to explore the potential for rail connections to the borough.

The study will look at the early strategic case for investment for the Rawtenstall to Manchester corridor. This would involve tram-trains, accessing the Metrolink network at Buckley Wells (Bury) or alternatively using a heavy rail curve at Castleton.

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Royal stamp of approval for Rawtenstall

Published on September 25, 2018 at 4:59 pm

The UK’s leading planning body toured Rawtenstall’s award-winning town centre developments.

Two senior members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) visited the McDonald’s drive thru restaurant and Spinning Point.

Rossendale Council won the best practice award at the 2017 RTPI North West Awards for Planning Excellence for the McDonald’s development.

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Happy birthday NHS

Published on July 5, 2018 at 2:43 pm

To mark this special day, Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council, said:

“The NHS is a superb institution and, at its best, is the best healthcare system in the world. I am very proud that healthcare is free at the point of use in this country. We should cherish it and fight for it.

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Council welcomes Air Quality Report

Published on June 21, 2018 at 8:54 am

Rossendale Council has welcomed a new report aimed at tackling air pollution in the region.

The collective report Reducing deaths and ill-health caused by poor air quality in Lancashire and Cumbria is backed by the four directors of Public Health responsible for Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire, Cumbria and Blackpool and is designed to highlight issues around poor air quality.

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More Bacup buildings given a facelift

Published on June 19, 2018 at 3:30 pm

What a difference 14 months has made to Bacup town centre.

A total of 13 shopfronts have had a facelift in the latest phase of the Township Heritage Initiative (THI) to transform the area.

Rossendale Council received £1.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2013 for the five-year project to regenerate the town centre by restoring and refurbishing shopfronts, bringing vacant floor space back into use and making improvements for pedestrians.

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Council update on Spinning Point stopping up order

Published on June 15, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Rossendale Council has released a further update on discussions around the stopping up order needed for the Spinning Point development.

 Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council, said:  

“I am very pleased to say we are making really positive progress with the Royal Mail on the stopping up order. I have actively been seeking to meet with the chief executive of Royal Mail to thrash out a deal and I am pleased to report we have nearly reached a compromise which all parties can agree.

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Council welcomes devolution deal progress

Published on June 5, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Leaders across Lancashire are back in discussions with Government ministers over a devolution deal after a positive meeting.

Fourteen of the 15 Lancashire councils, of which Rossendale is one, agreed to form a ‘Lancashire Leaders’ partnership, which will see them look to strike a deal with Government, which could devolve power and money from Whitehall.

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Leader unveils Haslingden investment plan

Published on March 19, 2018 at 12:41 pm

The Leader of Rossendale Council will update councillors on plans for new investment for Haslingden.

Councillor Alyson Barnes will outline the plans at Wednesday’s [March 21] meeting of full Council to bring in new money to improve the town.

You can find the full report on the Council’s website.

Councillor Barnes said:

“One of our major priorities as a Council has been to bring in new investment to improve our towns.

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Lord Shuttleworth praises progress in Rossendale

Published on October 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Lord Shuttleworth, the Queen’s representative in Lancashire, visited the borough recently to look at some of the major projects the Council and its partners are delivering.

He visited Bacup to see what was happening in the town thanks to the Townscape Heritage Initiative and then to see the progress being made on Rawtenstall town centre thanks to the work on Spinning Point.

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Severe weather in Rossendale over the weekend

Published on October 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Rossendale was hit quite badly over the weekend with heavy rain and wind causing major disruption and flooding to residents and motorists.

In a statement, Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of Rossendale Council, said:

“Saturday was a tough night for people in Rossendale. Council staff worked with both Lancashire County Council, the Emergency Services, volunteers and the Environment Agency to try to limit the disruption.

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