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Council worker to run marathon in the Middle East after meeting fleeing Iraqi families

Published on April 21, 2017 at 11:11 am

Adrian Smith, a Bacup-based father-of-three, is preparing to run a marathon in the heat of the Middle East in May to support families affected by war and persecution in the Middle East.

Adrian, 56, has previously visited Iraq and has seen for himself the suffering faced by many families following the invasion of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), which forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

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Help Overview and Scrutiny Develop the 2017/18 Work Programme

Published on March 16, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Each year the Overview and Scrutiny Committee chooses topics to include in the Annual Work Programme.

We welcome feedback from residents on what would be a good topic for the committee to look at.  We are looking for things that affect you and your community.  This could be something that is the Council’s responsibility, or the responsibility of one of our external partners.

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County Council Election Nomination Packs Now Available

Published on March 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Nomination packs for the forthcoming County Council elections will be available from Election Offices at Futures Park from 13 March 2017.  If you would like a pack please contact our elections team and we will prepare the relevant documents for you.

Telephone: 01706 252445

Elections Office, Futures Park, Bacup, Rossendale, Lancashire, OL13 0BB

Alternatively packs can be collected at the close of the candidates and agents briefing event to be held at 5.00pm in Room 210, Futures Park on Wednesday 15 March 2017.

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£1.4m Flood Grants Investment into Rossendale

Published on January 27, 2017 at 6:29 pm

Over 300 properties have benefited from the Flood Resilience Grant opportunities to help protect them from future flooding following the devastating effects of the Boxing Day floods in 2015.

 We have received 295 Flood Resilience Grant applications which will benefit 321 properties in Rossendale.

The grant funding has meant that £1.4m worth of flood resilience and protection measures is being invested into Rossendale for our residents.

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Work to Continue on New Cycle Routes in East Lancashire

Published on December 29, 2016 at 10:36 am

Work will resume to create a major cycle route linking towns in East Lancashire following a consultation on what people would like to see from the routes being developed in Rossendale.

The East Lancashire Cycleway Network aims to transform cycling in the area, making it easier for people to use their bikes to access opportunities by improving links to workplaces, schools, shops and services.

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Lancashire County Council Adoption Event

Published on December 22, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Lancashire County Council is asking people to think about growing their family through adoption.

A special event will be held at County Hall to help people find out about adoption and the process involved. The information evening takes place on Tuesday 10th January for anyone who would like to find out more.

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Rossendale Borough Council Christmas and New Year Opening Information

Published on December 19, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Please note that the Council will be open over the Christmas and New Year period, apart from the Bank Holidays (Dec 26th, 27th and Jan 2nd).

The Council’s One Stop Shop and Futures Park offices will be closing at 4pm on Friday December 23rd and 30th.

Our waste collections will be operating as normal over this period.

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Rossendale Council Grants 2017/18 and 2018/19 Application Process Opens

Published on December 9, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Following Cabinet approval in November, Rossendale Borough Council has opened the application process for Rossendale Council Grants.  

Cllr Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council said;

“We recognise that these are difficult times for many people and there are some key challenges for Rossendale residents.  Although the Council still has to make savings, we have made £62,000 available each year for the next 2 years for the provision of targeted grants for services to support financial inclusion in Rossendale, and for small community grants through the Neighbourhood Forums.”

Financial exclusion refers to the difficulty that many people have in accessing welfare benefits or using mainstream financial services such as bank accounts, savings, loans, insurance and other products. 

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Council Joins in LGA’s #OurDay Campaign

Published on November 18, 2016 at 3:51 pm

On Tuesday Novemeber15th Rossendale Council took part in the Local Government Association’s (LGA) “Tweetathon” for their #OurDay campaign and we wanted to share the content with all those not on twitter as well.

#OurDay is organised by the LGA to focus on what services Councils provide, and to give communities a flavour of a typical day at the Council.

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Taxi Proposals Approved at Licensing Committee

Published on November 16, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Last night Rossendale Borough Councillors approved the recommended changes to the Council’s Taxi Licensing Policies following recent consultation.

The changes are being brought in by the Council in order to ensure we maintain the highest standards in public safety and to ensure that robust policies are in place providing transparent guidance to applicants, existing licence holders and all other stakeholders.

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Preparing for Winter

Published on November 9, 2016 at 2:02 pm

With this cold weather upon us, we thought it may be worth sharing this link to report faults to Lancashire County Council, the highways authority in Rossendale. 

Lancashire County Council refill our grit bins, repair pot holes, fix broken street lights, unblock drains, grit our roads and many other functions all of which become more of an issue in the cold winter weather and calls are already increasing about these issues.

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Rossendale Council Statement on Industrial Action by the Local Taxi Trade

Published on November 8, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Rossendale Council has now had confirmation of the strike by the taxi trade, after circulating rumours that they intended to go on strike. They have notified us that the strike is a withdrawal of service and takes place with immediate effect on the morning of Wednesday 9th November 2016, however it is still unclear for how long the strike will last.

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Rossendale Secures New Community Specialist Paramedic

Published on October 13, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Following the work of Rossendale Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Task and Finish Group on the North West Ambulance service the Council is delighted to announce a new Community Specialist Paramedic role for Rossendale.

Richard Peters assumes the role as the new Community Specialist Paramedic (CSP) for the Rossendale area.

Richard joined the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust as a trainee technician in 1991 and qualified as a Paramedic in 1993. 

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Rossendale Council Wants to Hear Your Views!

Published on October 4, 2016 at 11:00 am

Rossendale Council has today launched their resident survey to help set the council’s objectives and priorities for the next three years. We want to know what matters to you and your family where you live and how we can work together to shape public services in challenging times.

We want to hear from our residents and partners on what is important in making Rossendale a great place to live, what they think needs improving where they live, how the council and communities can work together to improve issues in areas as well as an service transformation ideas our residents might have.

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Fostering Needs You!

Published on September 9, 2016 at 11:12 am

Each week 20 local children need a family so we need foster carers from all backgrounds to provide loving homes.

Lancashire County Council would particularly like to recruit foster carers who are able to care for:

  • Brothers and sisters.
  • Older children and teenagers.
  • Children that will be in foster care long term.

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Ensuring Homes are Correctly Categorised for Council Tax Purposes

Published on July 19, 2016 at 9:54 am

The Council is about to begin its annual initiative to check that all properties currently classified as empty or unoccupied have been correctly categorised. This will include a review of current new builds which are close to completion. There are various classes of empty property which can attract discounts or exemptions and the Council runs a yearly exercise to ensure records are up to date.

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Stone Theft at Whitworth Memorial Gardens

Published on July 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Rossendale Borough Council and the Police are appealing for information after stone was pinched from Whitworth Memorial Gardens on Sunday 3rd of July 2016.

Around 45 stones were taken by thieves from the gardens and the Council is now having to look at replacing the costly stone.

Rossendale Council’s Head of Operations, Paul McHenry, said;

This is a terrible crime, not only has it left the area looking a mess for the community it is also costly to replace such stone from the public purse.”

Theft of stone is a serious crime and this incident is being treated as such.

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Council Launches Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation

Published on June 28, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has launched a 12 week consultation on its Council Tax Support Scheme for 2017/18.

The consultation comes after Central Government announced a number of welfare changes in its 2015 Summer Budget, some of which apply to the Housing Benefit Scheme.

Rossendale Borough Council’s Council Tax Support Scheme has remained unchanged since April 2013, except for the annual uprating of applicable amounts/premiums keeping it in line with the Housing Benefit Scheme and is formally ratified annually by Full Council.

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Police Hail Live Rossendale Q&A a Success

Published on June 15, 2016 at 2:43 pm

A LIVE broadcast, which allowed Rossendale residents to ask the police and council questions about anti social behaviour, has been hailed a success.

*Pictured is PCSO Callam Nuttall, Inspector Steve Rides and Alison Wilkins from Rossendale Council

Over 130 people have logged on to watch the session which took place last Tuesday morning (7 June).

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Police and Council to Host Live Question and Answer Session

Published on June 2, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Residents in Rossendale are being given an opportunity to put questions to the police and local council next week in a live online question and answer session.

Officers are joining forces with Rossendale Borough Council for the session which will take place between 11.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesday 7th June.

Inspector Steve Rides from Rossendale Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We know that issues such as drugs, parking, littering, dog fouling, speeding and noise nuisance are a cause of concern for people living in Rossendale, which is why we have decided to host this event.

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Overview and Scrutiny Would Like Your Help

Published on March 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm

OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY WOULD LIKE YOU TO HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR WORK PROGRAMME FOR 2016/17

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.

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Fearns Moss Road Closure

Published on March 9, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Lancashire County Council’s Highways Department has closed Fearns Moss Road, Stacksteads, Bacup. Heavy rain has added to water built up from a blocked culvert. Under an emergency procedure order the road is now closed  with a diversion in place and the road will only re-open once the remedial works have been carried out to resolve the problem.

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Road Surface Improvements to Be Carried Out

Published on February 22, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Lancashire County Council (LCC), the Highways Authority in Rossendale, carried out road surfacing work last year on a number of sites in Rossendale that have now showed signs of failure. LCC have investigated this and they have completed surveys of all the sites. They have confirmed that they will be doing remedial works in the Spring.

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“Be a Lover not a Fighter” Domestic Abuse Campaign

Published on February 11, 2016 at 5:01 pm

This is a North West partnership campaign across Cheshire, Merseyside, Blackburn, Blackpool and Lancashire.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have suffered domestic abuse.  It’s not just physical violence. Domestic abuse can be emotional too – like threats and controlling behaviour.  It’s behind closed doors. It’s known, but not talked about.

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Patriotic Litter Pickers Required

Published on February 8, 2016 at 3:22 pm

As part of its support for the country’s biggest-ever community clear up Rossendale Borough Council is organising a mass litter-pick and is looking for patriotic community groups to join in the litter pick. .

The national Clean for The Queen campaign aims to give the country a tidy-up ahead of The Queen’s 90th birthday in April.

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Rossendale Together Barnfield (RTB) Partnership: Together Housing Focus

Published on February 8, 2016 at 2:45 pm

The Rossendale Together Barnfield Joint Venture Partnership (also known as the RTB Partnership) aims to build a more prosperous borough by delivering regeneration projects.

Together Housing Group is one of the partners of the RTB Partnership. Here Together Housing Group director and RTB Partnership Board member Ian Clark talks about the Group’s role on the board and looks at some of the housing developments that have been delivered.

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Girls are the Pride of Rossendale

Published on February 8, 2016 at 11:31 am

Lancashire’s Finest Year 7 Girls 5-aside Football Team is right here in the Valley, from Haslingden High School.

The squad consists of Abby Clarke (Everton), Lucy Valentine (Blackburn Rovers), Beth MacDonald (Bury), Chloe Leftly (Haslingden Juniors), Lucy Spence (Bridge) and Beth Hartwell (GK).

They won the Rossendale Schools 5-aside beating Alder Grange, All Saints, BRGS and Fearns to qualify for the Lancashire finals.

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#NVRD – Join the Drive and Register to Vote Today

Published on February 1, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Rossendale Borough Council wants to encourage anyone not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of National Voter Registration Drive this week and go online now to register.

On Thursday 5 May 2016 voters in Rossendale will go to the polls to elect local government councillors in Rossendale and a Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire. 

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Good News for Communities Near A56 Rising Bridge Roundabout

Published on January 27, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Good news for local communities in Acre village, Sherfin hamlet and Rising Bridge, Lancashire. Highways England is to begin a comprehensive £4.5 million scheme to provide safe pedestrian crossings and designated cycle routes, linking villages, schools and businesses on either side of the busy A56 Rising Bridge roundabout near Haslingden.

Work to transform the roundabout will take around twelve weeks beginning in February with new lighting.

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