Councillor Barbara Ashworth

Support to help people with disabilities stay in their own home

Published on September 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Disabled people in Rossendale could receive more financial support if they need to adapt their house or install specialist equipment.

Councillors have agreed to use discretionary powers which will help some residents meet the substantial cost of making these alterations.

It means that the maximum disabled facilities grant a household could receive will be increased from £30,000 to £60,000.

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Council publishes report on excess winter deaths

Published on September 13, 2018 at 10:43 am

The council has published a report on excess winter deaths in the borough.

It has found that the rate of excess winter deaths is not significantly higher than that across England but recommends closer partnership working to tackle the issue.

A group of five Rossendale councillors was convened earlier this year to look into the issue.

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Water blooming marvellous idea

Published on July 20, 2018 at 12:10 pm

A charity which has been honoured by the Queen has risen to the challenge of keeping Rawtenstall looking blooming marvellous during the heatwave.

Civic Pride (Rossendale) has bought a submersible pump to draw water from Limey Water at Rawtenstall to help keep the town’s floral displays in tip top condition.

Rawtenstall’s award-winning community gardens and hanging baskets are planted and maintained by the charity which is made up entirely of volunteers.

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Project wins award for “outstanding” work to tackle loneliness

Published on July 13, 2018 at 9:53 am

A project to tackle loneliness in innovative ways in Rossendale has been honoured.

Living Well Living Better received an award for outstanding locality work at the recent East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group Awards.

Rossendale Council was chosen by the Government in 2016 to receive funding to pilot new ways of improving the health and wellbeing of local communities.

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Britannia rules the cycle ways

Published on July 9, 2018 at 5:10 pm

Bacup celebrated the official opening of the Britannia Greenway on Saturday (July 7), part of a major new cycling and walking route being developed to link areas throughout East Lancashire.

Local people gathered to process along the 1km route from New Line Picnic Site on their bikes, horses, scooters and on foot following a ribbon cutting.

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Unsung heroes honoured at awards ceremony

Published on June 29, 2018 at 10:09 am

Groups and individuals doing outstanding work to tackle loneliness and isolation in Rossendale were honoured at an awards ceremony.

A community cafe, a luncheon club, a toddler group and community greenhouses were among those recognised at the Living Well Living Better Awards at the Riverside Centre, Whitworth.

Honours were handed out in four categories:  most innovative project of the year, volunteer of the year,  group/organisation of the year and lasting contribution.

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Let’s get together

Published on June 6, 2018 at 10:55 am

People can have a say on improving their local area with the launch of four Community Partnerships.

The Community Partnerships for Bacup, Haslingden, Rawtenstall and Whitworth replace Rossendale Council’s Neighbourhood Forums which were set up ten years ago.

The partnerships will have a greater focus on how communities can work with Rossendale and Lancashire councils, the police, voluntary groups and others to make positive changes in their areas.

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Court hands out fine for cold and damp rental property

Published on December 19, 2017 at 12:56 pm

A company was ordered to pay over £4,000 for failure to tackle dampness and disrepair at a Rossendale property.

Blackburn Magistrates Court handed down a £3,600 fine, £718 costs and a £170 victim surcharge to the letting agents, Warburton, Dickinson and Pollard Partnership Limited, for not complying with improvement notices served under the Housing Act 2004.

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