Councillor Alyson Barnes


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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Borough to pay tribute to fallen key workers

Published on April 28, 2020 at 8:27 am

Rossendale Council will pay tribute to key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus by holding a minute’s silence at 11am today.

Council leader Councillor Alyson Barnes hopes all residents in the borough will take part in a silence to remember all those key workers who have died during the pandemic.

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Community hub helps dozens of vulnerable residents

Published on April 27, 2020 at 1:48 pm

Rossendale’s community hub is being accessed by scores of residents across the borough who need support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rossendale Connected is a multi-agency partnership linking different organisations to support vulnerable residents who are self-isolating or shielding during the pandemic and need assistance

One of the users of the hub in Chris Worswick, 74, from Bacup, who has Parkinson’s which puts her in the vulnerable group so her husband is not allowed to leave the house.

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Council leader wishes borough a Happy St George’s Day

Published on April 23, 2020 at 9:05 am

The leader of Rossendale Council is wishing everyone a Happy St George’s Day.

Councillor Alyson said in a statement to mark the day:

“l want to wish everyone a Happy Saint George’s Day and hope everyone can find some  time to mark the day at home.

“I think it also appropriate to mark the day by once again paying tribute to our country’s brave and dedicated key workers – our doctors, our nurses, our pharmacists, our teachers, our local government staff, our social carers, our police officers, our firefighers, our teachers and teaching assistants. 

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Council welcomes Rossendale business prestigious award

Published on April 22, 2020 at 4:17 pm

Rossendale Council has praised a Bacup based business which has received Royal approval.

Orthoplastics has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, described as an MBE for businesses.

They were named in the International Trade category. The citation read:

“Orthoplastics is recognised globally as the leading materials supplier to the world’s orthopaedic device manufacturers.”

The Council is working with the company to develop a new site for the company on Plot 5 at Futures Park.

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Residents encourage to clap for the borough’s key workers

Published on April 9, 2020 at 10:43 am

The Leader of Rossendale Council is asking everyone in the borough to take part in a nationwide round of applause for key workers delivering essential services during the coronavirus crisis.

Councillor Alyson Barnes is appealing to residents to join in a gesture of thanks to frontline health and care heroes as well as other workers and volunteers who are delivering essential services by taking part in a mass round of applause from their doorsteps, windows and balconies on Thursday at 8pm.

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Fund-raising drive launched as hundreds of  residents are helped thanks to the hub

Published on April 7, 2020 at 11:35 am

Rossendale Connected, a new community hub to help Rossendale residents during coronavirus, has taken more than 400 calls since it launched.

The hub, which runs seven days a week, was set-up to  support the communities, families and individuals facing tough times because of the coronavirus outbreak and the stepping up of social distancing and isolation measures.

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Coronavirus update

Published on March 31, 2020 at 3:39 pm

Council staff continue to go above and beyond the call of duty to keep providing essential services, support our most vulnerable residents and support our businesses as much as we can through these extremely difficult times for us all.

It also means we have to make tough but necessary decisions.

Sadly, we have had to make the decision, in line with government advice and guidance, and in line with what other councils have done, to close our cemeteries except to funerals.

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Borough urged to join in with clap for NHS workers

Published on March 26, 2020 at 5:15 pm

The Leader of Rossendale Council is asking everyone in the borough to take part in a nationwide round of applause for NHS workers

Councillor Alyson Barnes is appealing to residents to join in a gesture of thanks to frontline healthcare heroes by taking part in a mass round of applause from their doorsteps, windows and balconies on Thursday at 8pm.

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Community hub to help Rossendale residents during coronavirus launched

Published on March 26, 2020 at 4:03 pm

A hub to support the communities, families and individuals facing tough times because of the coronavirus outbreak and the stepping up of social distancing and isolation measures is set to be launched.

Rossendale Connected Hub is a partnership between Rossendale Council, Rossendale Leisure Trust, the Rossendale Primary Care Network, Burnley Pendle Rossendale CVS and a wide range of community partner organisations and volunteers.

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Coronavirus: Update from the leader and chief executive [March 25]

Published on March 25, 2020 at 10:08 am

This week, the Government announced further measures to try and curb the spread of coronavirus.

This is an extremely worrying time for everyone in the borough.  But it is important we follow the government’s advice and guidance.

The measures to increase social distancing include:

·       Shopping for basic necessities

  • One form of exercise a day
  • Medical need
  • To care for a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to work only when absolutely necessary.

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Update on coronavirus from the leader and chief executive [March 23]

Published on March 23, 2020 at 12:57 pm

The Council is committed to keep you up to date as much as possible during this extremely testing time for our residents, businesses and community groups.

Last week, we launched our first community newsletter, pulled together by our communities team. It includes a wealth of information for people to help during this extremely challenging time.

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Update on coronavirus from the leader and chief executive [March 19]

Published on March 19, 2020 at 6:35 pm

As civic leaders, we have committed to keep you up to date as possible and provide regular updates for you as we get face this crisis together.

At present, we are managing to provide our essential services as normally as possible. So far, we are not expecting any disruption on our services other than those outlined yesterday.

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Update on coronavirus from the leader and chief executive [March 18]

Published on March 18, 2020 at 4:22 pm

We know this is a very worrying time for our residents and our businesses. We are facing the greatest public health crisis in generations. It is a crisis which is having a major impact on all our lives.

As civic leaders, we want to reassure you and your families that any steps we take are in line with national advice and guidance.

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Council leader marks International Women’s Day

Published on March 8, 2020 at 12:21 pm

International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, takes place today March 8).

The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

Marking the day, Councillor Alyson Barnes said:

“International Women’s Day is a day we can celebrate all the achievements of women from the borough as part of a global celebration.

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Leader welcomes Bacup bid progress

Published on March 4, 2020 at 4:36 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has welcomed progress on Bacup’s multi-million pound bid to improve the town centre.

At tonight’s Cabinet, councillors will receive a report outlining progress on the bid and some very initial concept ideas for the town.

Bacup is in the running for Future High Streets funding and council officers are working closely with councillors, community groups, residents and businesses to put together a credible bid to government.

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Council welcomes flooding funding announcement

Published on February 25, 2020 at 4:46 pm

Rossendale Council has welcomed news that flood grants are being made available to residents and businesses in the borough

The Government has announced a package of measures and financial help to help those directly affected by recent storms.

Households and businesses in Rossendale affected by flooding during Storms Ciara and Dennis may be able to receive financial help.

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Council update on future plans for Rawtenstall

Published on February 18, 2020 at 1:24 pm

Over the last few years, the Council with its partners have worked really hard to improve our town centres. This work has paid dividends especially in Rawtenstall.

In Rawtenstall, a lot has been delivered and it is clear there is a lot of positivity around the town.

Residents, visitors and businesses have fed back how good the town centre is looking, how the night time economy is booming and how great it is there is an influx of quality food and drink retailers.

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Leader’s concerns over health and wellbeing services closures

Published on January 7, 2020 at 9:36 am

The Leader of the Council has raised her concerns again over the ending of two health and wellbeing services and has offered to work with partners to look for a solution.

The Lancashire Wellbeing Service (LWS), a programme, which supports thousands of people across Lancashire with low-level health and social care issues, has ended while funding for Rossendale’s Home Improvement Agency will cease in March.

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A few highlights from 2019

Published on January 2, 2020 at 2:03 pm

As we are now in a new year and also a new decade, we thought we would celebrate by putting together a quick compilation of some of our favourite pictures and clips from 2019.

Special thanks to our favourite young recycler Jessica.

We wish everyone in our wonderful borough a Happy New Year.

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Merry Christmas from the leader of the Council

Published on December 24, 2019 at 9:01 am

It’s hard to believe that it is already time to wish everyone in our great borough a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2019 has flown by. It’s nice to see everyone getting into the Christmas spirit and the Christmas lights across the borough are looking great.
I’m definitely looking forward to a break and spending time with my family.

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We ‘love parks’ is the message as Council extends popular initiative

Published on December 19, 2019 at 12:14 pm

Rossendale Council has announced an extension to a popular programme of work that will see more of the borough’s best-loved parks revitalised.

Over the past few years, the Council has worked with the Friends Group, Bacup Pride, Newground and Stubbylee Community Greenhouses to come up with a masterplan for the popular Stubbylee Park.

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Update on Rawtenstall town centre parking strategy

Published on December 16, 2019 at 1:45 pm

The Council has launched a parking policy review for Rawtenstall to develop a strategy which will ensure future arrangements meet the needs of businesses, shoppers and commuters.

A survey of how the car parks are presently being used is being undertaken as well as engagement with traders and shoppers to gather views for a report which will shape the strategy.

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Delight as Haslingden funding bid clears first stage

Published on December 16, 2019 at 12:20 pm

A bid for funding to further develop exciting new plans for Haslingden has been approved.

A bold new vision and masterplan for the town, which have been shaped by businesses and residents, were unveiled earlier this year called Haslingden 2040.

It includes plans to create new event spaces, shared green areas for people to meet and better pedestrian links.

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Landmark building to be transformed

Published on November 6, 2019 at 11:35 am

A landmark building in Bacup town centre is to be transformed and preserved for future generations to use.

The iconic Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank, on the corner of Market Street and Union Street, stands proud with its corner turret, four Harry Potter-esque gargoyles, three shields and two lions – even the bank safe remains in the basement.

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Council secures funding for further Futures Park development

Published on October 7, 2019 at 4:04 pm

Rossendale Council has successfully bid for more than £1.5m to support further development at Futures Park.

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Board (LEP) agreed Growth Deal funding to deliver improvements to the site which will help support its future growth.

The money will fund improvements to the main road junction as well as flood prevention works on plot one.

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Council declares climate emergency

Published on September 30, 2019 at 1:59 pm

Rossendale Council has declared a climate emergency as councillors warn urgent action is needed to the tackle the crisis.

At last night’s meeting of Council, councillors agreed a motion which commits the Council to become carbon neutral by 2030.

The motion, proposed and seconded by Councillor Steve Hughes and Councillor Janice Johnson respectively, also commits the Council to set a 100 per cent clean energy target, write to government to urge that it brings forward more funding and devolved powers to help the Council meet its target and create a new climate change member champion.

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Council pledges support for volunteers as it praises great work borough’s Pride groups do

Published on September 9, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Rossendale Council has today launched a new scheme to help residents who want to do their bit for the community.

Leader of the Council Alyson Barnes announced Council support for individuals who want to keep their clean and tidy by offering litter picking equipment for them to use.

The borough is blessed with a number of superb Pride groups, including Bacup Pride who are pictured, which have improved the borough enormously.

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Council leader delight at opening of new cycleway

Published on September 9, 2019 at 1:14 pm

The Leader of Rossendale Council has expressed her delight after the latest section of the Valley of Stone was officially.

A procession of over 400 cyclists and walkers celebrated the opening of a new section of the East Lancashire Cycleway in Waterfoot.

Work has recently been completed to reopen two railway tunnels which have been out of use for decades, and extend an existing path, to create a safe and interesting off-road link between Stacksteads Riverside Park and Newchurch Road.

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Rossendale businesses praised as Gü founder shares his secrets of success

Published on September 6, 2019 at 3:04 pm

Sweet supremo James Averdieck served up the secrets of his success to business owners keen to learn from his experience.

The second Invest in Rossendale evening, a joint event between Rossendale Borough Council and Valley at Work, which connects local businesses, was held at The Riverside in Whitworth.

With food and drink becoming a booming area in Rossendale, the founder of Gü Desserts, who now runs healthy vegan venture The Coconut Collaborative, explained his recipe to riches was to first have ‘a good idea’.

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New awards scheme to recognise local heroes

Published on August 20, 2019 at 10:05 am

It’s time to show local heroes some love as Rossendale Council’s Community Awards open for nominations.

The new awards scheme aims to recognise those individuals and groups whose efforts have made a big impact in their local community.

Whether it’s a sports coach who gives up their evenings and weekends, someone special who lends a hand at a local charity, or a group that makes a real difference to where people live – they can all be nominated now.

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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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