Councillor Alyson Barnes

Council backs campaign for Northern budget

Published on August 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has joined other leaders from the North of England in calling on government to deliver on commitments to boost spending on infrastructure.

Councillor Alyson Barnes lent her support to the Transport for the North’s “Northern Budget” campaign which aims to secure billions of pounds for the region in the next spending review.

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Hundreds flock to Council’s careers fair

Published on July 12, 2019 at 2:50 pm

More than 1,500 people including hundreds of school students visited a huge exhibition of career opportunities.

It is the second time the Rossendale Works Employability Fair has been held at the Adrenaline Centre in Haslingden, and more than 50 different businesses and training providers were on hand to showcase their jobs and apprenticeships.

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Council disappointed after bid news

Published on July 5, 2019 at 5:38 pm

Rossendale Council has expressed its disappointment following news that its Future High Street bid for Bacup has not been successful.

The Council put in a bid to the fund in March following the development of an exciting new vision for the future of the town centre.

The town has already benefited massively from £2m investment from the Townscape Heritage Initiative fund.

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Hundreds of people expected at borough’s second careers’ fair

Published on June 27, 2019 at 9:44 am

A huge careers’ fair on Tuesday July 9 will be visited by 1,200 high school students and also be open to the general public.

It is the second time the Rossendale Works Employability Fair has been held at the Adrenaline Centre, Helmshore Road, Haslingden, and more than 50 different businesses and training providers have signed up for stalls.

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Delight as The Whitaker secures lottery grant

Published on June 24, 2019 at 1:25 pm

New life is to be breathed into buildings at one of Rossendale’s iconic tourism locations thanks to a £1.7million National Lottery Heritage Fund grant.

Rossendale Borough Council worked in partnership with The Whitaker, in Rawtenstall, to secure the National Lottery Heritage Fund award to convert the former barn and stables and a further £189,950 of matched funding was provided by the council.

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GÜ dessert founder to headline borough’s premier celebration of business

Published on June 10, 2019 at 3:24 pm

James Averdieck, who founded the Gü dessert empire, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Rossendale Celebration of business event.

After a successful first event last year, Valley At Work and Rossendale Council have joined forces once again to put on an event to celebrate and support business in the borough.

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More good news for Rossendale as scheme expands

Published on May 22, 2019 at 3:44 pm

An innovative Rossendale employability project has been expanded thanks to a grant from the Department of Work and Pensions.

The Rossendale Council scheme – initially set up for a 12-month trial period in partnership with Active Lancashire – was so successful it has been expanded.

Rossendale Works helps people who are job ready to seek placements and employment.

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New cabinet announced and new mayor elected

Published on May 21, 2019 at 4:48 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has announced her new cabinet as councillors met for the first Council meeting of the municipal year.

Councillor Alyson Barnes was elected leader by fellow councillors at the meeting last Friday.

She appointed a new look Cabinet and announced new portfolios to better align with the Council’s priorities.

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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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Pioneering scheme to get people back into work hailed a success

Published on March 14, 2019 at 4:50 pm

A pioneering Rossendale project that has helped 25 people back into work could become a blueprint for a Lancashire-wide scheme.

Plans are now being drawn up that could see Rossendale Works being replicated in other boroughs.

Employability Officer Paul Becouarn is employed by Active Lancashire and delivers the project on behalf of Rossendale Council.

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Council welcomes leisure partnership announcement

Published on March 11, 2019 at 4:17 pm

Rossendale Council has welcomed news that Rossendale Leisure Trust and Community Leisure Association of Whitworth have agreed a new partnership.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, said:

“We welcome this announcement and look forward to continue to work with both organisations. We will continue to support the partnership by providing back office assistance such as payroll, IT and transaction services.”

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Ceremony marks progress on bus station

Published on March 5, 2019 at 6:01 pm

Partners signed the steel of the new Rawtenstall bus station to mark progress on the multi-million pound development.

Representatives from Rossendale Council, developers Barnfield and Transdev each took turns to leave goodwill messages on the frame of the new bus station.

Transdev has committed to using the new bus station.

Work on the station, funded by the Council, Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, is due to finish in early summer.

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Councillors agree Haslingden match funding

Published on March 1, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Rossendale Council has agreed to ring fence £160,000 to support Haslingden town centre as a fresh bid for funding is prepared.

Working with the recently re-established Haslingden Taskforce, the Council is preparing a bid for Heritage Funding.

A bid was made last year but while unsuccessful, the Council received many positive comments and has been encouraged to submit a further one this year.

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Council announces new funding bids for Haslingden and Bacup

Published on February 21, 2019 at 4:18 pm

Councillors are set to agree to ring fence nearly £200,000 to support Haslingden town centre as a fresh bid for funding is prepared.

Working with the recently re-established Haslingden Taskforce, Rossendale Council is preparing a bid for Heritage Funding.

A bid was made last year and while unsuccessful, the Council received many positive comments and has been encouraged to submit a further one this year.

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Council leader delighted premier mountain biking event returns to borough

Published on February 7, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Northern Grip, a premier mountain biking festival, which attracts hundreds of people from across the country to the borough, is returning to Rossendale.

Commenting on the news, Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, said:

“I am delighted Northern Grip will take place in Stubbylee Park and Lee Quarry again.

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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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Council leader responds to transport plan publication

Published on February 4, 2019 at 1:25 pm

Rossendale Council’s leader Alyson Barnes has expressed disappointment that Rossendale to Manchester rail link is not listed as a priority project in Transport for the North’s strategic transport plan (STP).

Last week, Transport for the North published its Strategic Transport Plan (STP) and investment programme.

A rail link for Rossendale is included in the plan but on a list of possible interventions after 2027.

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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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Statement on Tesco Rawtenstall

Published on January 11, 2019 at 4:37 pm

Rossendale Council has been working with Department of Works and Pensions and in contact with Tesco since news broke that the Rawtenstall store was closing and to be replaced by a Jack’s.

The store is due to close on January 13 with 175 jobs affected.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, said:

“It was very sad that Tesco will be closing at the end of this week.

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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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Exciting new plans to expand an award-winning cultural venue have been unveiled

Published on December 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm

 

New visuals have been released as part of the submission of a planning application outlining the Whitaker’s expansion plans.

If the application is approved, the scheme will double the size of the museum, gallery, events and restaurant space, converting the current underused stables and barn area. The proposals also include an extensive list of community engagement activities, events and workshop space

The Council has been working closely with the Whitaker community interest company on the scheme since the company was successful in securing an initial £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which the Council match funded, for a first stage development grant.

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Leader looks forward to Westminster visit to discuss rail link

Published on November 22, 2018 at 11:20 am

Members of Parliament whose constituencies cover Rossendale, Bury and Heywood areas are set to receive a briefing about plans for a rail link to Rossendale at a special session next week.

Following a request by Rossendale Council, Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry is hosting a reception for MPs at Westminster to discuss the rail link.

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Leader praises borough’s remembrance

Published on November 12, 2018 at 5:26 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has praised the community spirit in the borough as hundreds of people gathered at services to remember the fallen.

Events were held across Rossendale to commemorate Remembrance Sunday and mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Councillor Alyson Barnes said:

“Lots of people and community groups have been involved in making sure the borough’s  events to mark this important occasion ran smoothly.

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Council leader welcomes rail link news

Published on November 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm

Council leader Councillor Alyson Barnes has welcomed news that Transport for the North are actively considering plans to restore Rossendale’s rail link.

The development, revealed on November 8, follows the Council and Lancashire County Council jointly commissioning a rail link study to explore the early strategic case for investment in a rail link.

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Rossendale remembers

Published on November 7, 2018 at 11:08 am

Beacons will be lit in Rossendale to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The beacons at Rawtenstall Cemetery and on the hillside at Whitworth are among more than 1,000 which will be lit around the country at 7pm on November 11.

They symbolise the end of the darkness of war and the return to the light of peace, and are part of the national Battle’s Over commemorations.

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Keeping visitors to Rawtenstall posted

Published on November 2, 2018 at 2:35 pm

Visitors to Rawtenstall town centre will find it easier to get around and discover things to do thanks to refurbished signposts.

The town’s eight traditional fingerposts, which point to popular attractions such as the ski slope, the shops and the market, have been refurbished. They were in a poor state of repair with some fingers pointing the wrong way or to places which no longer exist, illegible text and missing fingers.

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Share your ideas for Haslingden town centre

Published on November 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

Businesses and residents are being urged to help bring potential investment into Haslingden town centre.

The Haslingden Taskforce wants to hear ideas from all quarters on how to improve the area as it aims to attract significant, external funding for regeneration.

The taskforce, made up of councillors, residents, businesses, community groups and council officers, is holding drop-in sessions at Haslingden Library on:

  • Thursday, November 29 – 10am-2pm
  • Tuesday, December 4 – 3pm-6pm
  • Saturday, January 12 – 10am-1pm

They are an opportunity for people to say what improvements they think would make the town centre more attractive to locals and visitors.

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Council employability project shortlisted for award

Published on October 26, 2018 at 4:05 pm

A unique project that tackles employability barriers has been short-listed for a prestigious award.

In just six months, Rossendale Works has led to 16 people finding work, 19 more on employer placements and a further 30 getting mentally and physically fitter through Active Lancashire activities.

On November 23, at the Lancashire Sports Awards at the Blackpool Hotel and Conference Centre, Rossendale Works Employability Project is one of five finalists in the Project of the Year category.

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Leader backs Hate Crime Awareness Week

Published on October 16, 2018 at 3:06 pm

This week is Hate Crime Awareness Week, a week dedicated to raise awareness of hate crime.

To mark the HCAW, the leader of the Council, Councillor Alyson Barnes, said:

“Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity

“It is appalling and it can destroy lives.

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Digital boost for Rossendale businesses

Published on October 3, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Rossendale businesses found out how to improve their digital marketing skills at a day-long session at Futures Park in Bacup.

The free event organised by Rossendale Council and Google Digital Garage was made up of four workshops.

Led by Adam Raja from the digital garage, they covered how to build a digital marketing plan, an introduction to digital advertising, social media strategy and writing for social media.

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Former town hall opens its doors following restoration 

Published on September 14, 2018 at 11:42 am

People can have a look round the renovated Rawtenstall Town Hall.

The RTB Partnership is inviting members of the public to take a free tour of the building before it is handed over to housing provider Together Housing.

After lying empty for more than ten years, the former town hall has been restored to create modern office space in a stunning historic setting.

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Former Dragons’ Den star launches Invest in Rossendale

Published on September 10, 2018 at 5:15 pm

A dragon returned to his roots to breathe fire into a new initiative to support, promote and boost businesses in Rossendale.

The Rossendale Council-led scheme Invest in Rossendale was launched at The Riverside in Whitworth by Bacup-born Piers Linney.

An audience of 180 people listened intently as Piers outlined his career from failing his 11-plus to succeeding as a millionaire investor.

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Grants available to support local groups

Published on September 3, 2018 at 10:50 am

Grants of up to £750 are available to help provide activities for children, young people and families.

The deadline for the latest round of applications to the Rossendale Community Fund is October 8.

The fund was set up by Rossendale Borough Council in partnership with the Community Foundation for Lancashire. It offers grants to support projects which help children, young people and families people to get involved in community activities and learning.

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Lottery boost for former church

Published on July 25, 2018 at 11:52 am

The council has welcomed a £10,000 lottery grant to help transform a former church in the heart of Bacup into a heritage, arts and cultural centre.

Local heritage charity CAST has secured the funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to breathe new life into St John the Evangelist Church, Burnley Road.

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Careers fair attracts hundreds

Published on July 13, 2018 at 12:26 pm

Hundreds of people attended an event to showcase the range of jobs and careers in the borough.

The day-long Rossendale Works skills and employability fair was hailed a success with 57 businesses and organisations setting up stalls.

It was organised by Rossendale Council with careers organisation Inspira, local schools and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) skills and employment hub.

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Rates boost for Rossendale businesses

Published on July 6, 2018 at 11:30 am

Businesses with up to 250 employees could receive a discount of up to 100 per cent on their annual rates to help create more jobs in the borough

Rossendale Council has introduced a new three-year relief scheme for National Non-Domestic Rates – what people know as businesses rates – for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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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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Conservation area proposals could unlock funding for Haslingden

Published on June 28, 2018 at 11:19 am

A proposal has been unveiled to create a conservation area in Haslingden town centre which could unlock regeneration funding.

The Haslingden Conservation Area would roughly form a corridor along Manchester Road, Blackburn Road, Helmshore Road, Deardengate and Church Street.

The proposal will go before Rossendale Council’s cabinet committee on July 4 for approval.

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Keeping visitors to Rawtenstall posted

Published on June 14, 2018 at 10:07 am

The traditional fingerposts in Rawtenstall town centre are to be refurbished and three new posts installed.

The town has eight of the cast iron signposts which direct people to attractions such as the East Lancashire Railway (ELR), the ski slope, shops, the market and other tourist attractions.

But some posts are in a poor state of repair with fingers pointing the wrong way or to places that no longer exist, broken fingers and illegible text.

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Rossendale apprentice wins top awards

Published on June 4, 2018 at 11:28 am

An apprentice joiner who has overcome adversity took the top honour at an industry awards ceremony hosted by celebrity gardener Charlie Dimmock.

Jack Slicox, an apprentice with Waterfoot-based construction firm B&E Boys, was diagnosed with the developmental co-ordination disorder dyspraxia while at secondary school.

But with the support of his teachers and family – and his own determination – he studied at weekends, evenings and during his holidays to achieve eight GCSEs.

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Employability fair for pupils and public

Published on May 18, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Businesses are invited to showcase their job and career opportunities to potential employees – now and future – at the Rossendale Works employability and skills fair.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event, on Tuesday 10 July, at the Adrenaline sports centre in Helmshore Road, Haslingden.

More than 1,000 pupils aged 14 to 16 from Rossendale’s seven secondary schools will be there between 9am and 2pm to learn about the wide variety of possible careers in the Valley and the qualifications they will need to pursue them.

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Applications now open for the Rossendale Community Fund

Published on February 5, 2018 at 11:48 am

The latest round of the Rossendale Community Fund is open for applications and local organisations are invited to apply for a grant from the Fund before the deadline of 16 February.

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

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On route to a bright future – bus operator Rosso joins the Transdev family

Published on January 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm

A raft of improvements from day one including full ticket integration and mobile tickets – with £3 million investment in new and better buses is on the way for Rossendale.

Exciting plans for a multi-million-pound investment in new and better buses, great value tickets which go further for less, and up-to-the-minute technology delivering live departure times, instant journey planning and easy-to-use mobile tickets – are just some of the headline improvements on the way for customers in the Rossendale, Bury and Rochdale areas as bus company Rosso joins the Transdev family.

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New funding agreed for Haslingden Pool

Published on March 17, 2016 at 11:45 am

Rossendale Borough Council is further supporting the aims of Haslingden Baths Community Interest Company (CIC) as they work on renovating Haslingden Swimming Pool.

In additional to the £25k grant and £25k loan the Council gave the group in 2015 to support improvements to the building, a further £100k will be given to the group to support the renovation work.

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