Councillor Steve Hughes


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Coronavirus scam warnings

Published on March 25, 2020 at 3:40 pm

People are being warned about a series of scams related to the coronavirus.

Rossendale Council are backing The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI)’s warnings issued after reports that scammers are targeted people both in person and through technology and through price rises in shops throughout the country.

One scam involves fake healthcare workers claiming to be offering ?home-testing?

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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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Taking action on affordable warmth

Published on December 30, 2019 at 10:25 am

Rossendale Council is taking action on fuel poverty to provide eligible residents with little or no cost insulation and brand new A-rated boilers.

The Council’s Affordable Warmth Grant provides funding for first-time central heating, boiler upgrades, radiator repairs and gas fire replacements.

 There is also funding available towards the costs of loft and cavity wall insulation, helping residents keep warm for less.

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Council approaches to preventing and reducing homelessness are making a difference

Published on December 18, 2019 at 2:50 pm

New stats show Rossendale Council’s approaches to reducing and preventing homelessness is making an impact.

The new stats were published as part of a review of how the Council was doing in implemented new legislation to tackle homelessness.

The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 placed new legal duties on English councils so that everyone who is homeless, or at risk of homelessness, has access to meaningful help.

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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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Taxi driver appeal dismissed

Published on June 28, 2019 at 9:33 am

A Rossendale taxi driver who failed a basic skills, knowledge and conditions test three times has lost his appeal to keep his licence.

Faisal Shahzad, from Manchester, appealed Rossendale Council’s decision to refuse to renew his private hire drivers licence but the appeal was dismissed by Burnley Magistrates Court.

He was ordered to pay costs of £200.

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Company fined for breaching licensing laws

Published on June 19, 2019 at 3:32 pm

A company has to pay more than £1500 for breaching licensing laws.

Verdeolyv Limited, which owned Anacapri, on Helmshore Road, has to pay £1554.20 after selling alcohol without having a designated premises supervisor (DPS) specified on the licence.

Council officers entered Anacapri on January 11 and were served alcohol despite there being no DPS on the licence.

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Council raises concerns about LCC’s housing and health services proposals

Published on June 13, 2019 at 9:45 am

Rossendale Council has expressed its concerns over proposals to end two vital services.

Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet meets today (Thursday, June 13) to discuss proposals to end the Lancashire Wellbeing Service and the Integrated Home Improvement Service.

Details of the services and also the proposals can be found here: [Link]

Responding to the proposals which are set to be agreed following a consultation, Councillor Steve Hughes, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Customer Services, said:

“Of course, we understand the county council is facing serious financial challenges and have to make tough decisions but we believe these proposed reductions in prevention services, if agreed, will create severe issues for some of our borough’s most vulnerable residents and will increase demand on the health and care services in the future.

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Councillor to sleep out for charity

Published on August 8, 2018 at 1:09 pm

A Rossendale councillor will be sleeping outside as part of a charity event to raise awareness of homelessness.

Councillor Steve Hughes, Chair of Rossendale Council’s Licensing Committee, will be taking part in the CEO Sleepout on Monday, October 15 in a bid to raise money for charities helping in the fight against homelessness and poverty.

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Taxi driver fined for smoking in vehicle

Published on June 21, 2018 at 11:27 am

A taxi driver who was caught smoking in his vehicle in Waterfoot has been fined £100 and ordered to pay £150 costs by magistrates.

Adam Sharif Judge, 24, was spotted smoking in the driver’s seat of his hackney carriage in Bacup Road by licensing enforcement officers from Rossendale Council on February 14 this year.

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