Councillor Jackie Oakes

Final THI blog from the chair

Published on June 11, 2019 at 1:42 pm

So the £2m Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative has come to an end and I think most people will agree it has been a major boost to the town.

You just have to walk around Bacup to see the difference it has made. I have had many people come to speak to me or through Facebook saying the project has been a huge benefit to the town.

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Council crackdown on people dumping rubbish on streets

Published on May 16, 2019 at 3:22 pm

A fine of more than £2,422 was given to a Bacup man found guilty of leaving waste outside his house.

Nicholas Turner, of Springfield Avenue, Bacup, was found guilty of failing to remove bags of rubbish, furniture and wood from outside his home, which had the potential to attract rats and vermin, and also of failing to take all necessary action to prevent new accumulations of rubbish between 25th October 2018 and 20th December 2018.

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Play area in Bacup to be transformed this summer

Published on May 15, 2019 at 10:27 am

Moorlands play area is undergoing a £130,000 transformation.

The play area in Stubbylee Park will include fantastic new equipment including a jungle climber, five-way swing, scooter roundabout, music cottage, wizard’s hideaway and a cradle seat swing.

Rossendale Borough Council worked with Bacup Pride to secure £30,000 from Lancashire Environment Fund and £80,000 from Viridor for the project.

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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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Fountain renovation given green light

Published on February 27, 2019 at 7:34 pm

Councillors on Rossendale Council’s Development Control Committee have approved plans to install a lighting feature on Bacup Coronation fountain.

As part of efforts to improve the town and thanks to the £2m injection through the Townscape Heritage Initiative, the Council is looking to renovate the fountain.

Now planning permission has been granted, work on the fountain will begin shortly.

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Consultation launched on dog control orders

Published on February 26, 2019 at 7:42 pm

Rossendale Council is asking for views on proposals to renew the borough’s dog control orders.

The consultation can be viewed here. It closes in April.

Councillor Jackie Oakes, portfolio holder for operations, said:

“We want to hear people’s views on this. Dog control orders are not something new. They have been around for a few years but we have to review them regularly.

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Bacup THI update from the interim chair

Published on January 10, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Happy New Year everyone. I hope everyone had a safe and peaceful start to 2019.

I am delighted to see a new business has moved into the town as a result of the improvements brought about by the THI funding . The funding has made a real difference to the area and I was really pleased to see lots of positive comments to the before and after pictures our brilliant project officer released on the THI’s Facebook page.

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Bacup THI update: Christmas/fountain/irresponsible car parking

Published on December 5, 2018 at 4:42 pm

Following the latest board meeting of the Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative, acting chair Councillor Jackie Oakes has published the following statement.

“At the weekend, we saw the community come together to enjoy a superb Christmas lights switch-on. I want to pay special tribute to all the volunteers who made this fantastic event possible.

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Crackdown on littering and dog fouling starts next week

Published on November 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm

A 12-month trial to tackle people who blight the borough starts next week.

This will see private enforcement officers from the firm District Enforcement issuing on-the-spot fines for littering, dog fouling and flytipping from Monday, December 3.

Two dedicated officers will patrol the borough’s streets and parks seven days a week, targeting hot-spots identified by the council.

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Councillor pleased at Victoria Park flooding improvements

Published on November 19, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Work has begun to make a Haslingden play area better cope with heavy rain.

Victoria Park play area is prone to flooding when bad weather hits so Rossendale Council has invested in improvements such as raising the ground level of the area to help with drainage and fitting new matting.

Welcoming the improvements,  Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Operations, said:

“We know flooding has been a major issue in Victoria Park when it rains heavily and this is the most cost effective and efficient solution to the problem.

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Crackdown on littering, dog fouling and flytipping approved

Published on October 11, 2018 at 5:01 pm

A 12-month trial to tackle people who blight the borough has been approved.

This will see private enforcement officers from the firm District Enforcement issuing on-the-spot fines for littering, dog fouling and flytipping.

Two dedicated officers will patrol the borough’s streets and parks seven days a week, targeting hot-spots identified by the council.

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Let’s get recycling right

Published on September 24, 2018 at 9:50 am

Rossendale Council is supporting national Recycle Week.

Organised by Recycle Now, it is encouraging residents to go “above and beyond” to protect the environment by getting their recycling right.

This means not only recycling but making sure that we put the right things in the right bin.

Recycle Now, the national recycling campaign for England, says people are more motivated than ever to care about the environment thanks to things like the hit TV show Blue Planet II and the campaign to cut unnecessary plastic.

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New hope for the long-term future of Stubbylee Hall

Published on August 21, 2018 at 2:45 pm

A local charity is to look at the future options for an historic Bacup hall.

Valley Heritage won the tender to work with Rossendale Council on a project to identify possible long-term uses for Stubbylee Hall and potential funding sources for improvements and restoration.

The Grade II listed hall in Stubbylee Park was built in 1808 for the Holt Family who lived there until 1911.

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Hundreds sign up for garden waste collection scheme in time for first collection of the year

Published on January 10, 2018 at 9:01 am

Over 1,000 residents have now signed up to this year’s garden waste collection scheme.

The fortnightly collection runs from March to November and allows people to recycle grass cuttings, leaves, plants, twigs, small branches and hedge clippings.

It was announced in October last year that the collection would be charged at £35 for the year.

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Dog owner fined for not removing dog waste

Published on November 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm

A man was fined over £1,000 for repeatedly failing to clear up his dogs’ mess.

Matt Scott, 41, of Hud Rake, Haslingden, was ordered to pay a fine of £660, with £435 costs and a £66 victim surcharge at Burnley Magistrates Court.

Scott was prosecuted by Rossendale Borough Council for letting the waste of his two dogs accumulate on decking behind his house over a period of six months

He had failed to observe an abatement notice served by a Council Environmental Health Officer in June and as a result was prosecuted.

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Bid to end blight on local neighbourhoods

Published on November 1, 2017 at 10:08 am

Rossendale Borough Council has issued a fixed penalty notice of £400 for flytipping.

The fine was given to a man from Bury after household waste was found fly tipped next to Wood Lane in Edenfield.

Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Operations at Rossendale Borough Council, said:

Flytippers are a blight on local neighbourhoods and their disgusting and arrogant behaviour needs to be stopped.

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Campaign launched to tackle waste crime

Published on September 5, 2017 at 3:43 pm

The Environment Agency has launched a Duty of Care campaign to help combat waste crime and to encourage people to take responsibility over what happens to their waste.

It follows an increase across Lancashire in the number of incidents of fly tipping on public and private land.

The campaign has included a crackdown on the illegal movement of waste in Lancashire with rogue traders targeted in three county wide multi-Agency roadside stop checks.

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