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New factory to bring 100 jobs to Rossendale

Published on September 5, 2019 at 2:28 pm

Work is starting on a new business site to bring 100 jobs to Rossendale

Futures Business Park in Bacup will see the vacant Plot 5, near to Lee Quarry, transformed into the site for an international factory.

The building will be a manufacturing facility for Orthoplastics, which is a world leader in the development and supply of implantable medical devices for the orthopaedic sector, involving musculo-skeletal issues.

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Crackdown on rogue landlords

Published on August 28, 2019 at 3:33 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has used new funding to tackle rogue landlords and illegal practices in private renting.

The Council applied for Rogue Landlord Funding in 2018 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and were successful in the bid.

The money has been used in a multi-agency approach to clampdown on dodgy practices in the private rented sector, concentrating on making landlords comply with fire safety legislation and meet minimum privately rented standards.

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Benefit fraud uncovered in Rossendale

Published on August 27, 2019 at 10:16 am

A ‘small minority’ of people in Rossendale have been discovered committing benefit and council tax fraud.

The Council received 168 allegations of fraud from various sources such as anonymous referrals, the Council’s online fraud referral form, and the housing benefit and council tax processing team, in the last year.

This led to 97 cases being referred to the Department for Work and Pensions, with 64 further requests for information made.

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Rossendale mum helping to fight ‘period poverty’ given top Council honour

Published on August 1, 2019 at 9:40 am

Samara Barnes has been added to the Council’s Roll of Honour for her work in setting up the Red Box Project in Rossendale Schools.

Mum-of-two Samara, from Haslingden, leads the campaign to help schoolgirls who may not be able to afford or access sanitary products – known as Period Poverty.

She is the digital communities manager of the Rossendale branch of the Red Box Project, which takes donations of sanitary products to distribute in schools and community centres for girls who need them.

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Taxi driver caught without proper Council licence

Published on July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm

A taxi driver has been fined £772 for driving a taxi without a working licence.

Mohammad Iqbal (52), of Burnley Road, Todmorden, was caught driving his vehicle and attempting to ply for hire on South Street, Bacup.

His licence had been revoked in September 2018 as he had previously been disqualified from driving but had failed to inform the licencing department at Rossendale Borough Council, leaving the information off his application form.

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Keep cosy this winter with new warmth scheme

Published on July 25, 2019 at 10:57 am

Rossendale Borough Council has secured £50,000 to provide Rossendale residents with little or no cost insulation and brand new A-rated boilers.

It may be summer now but it’s never too early to start preparing for the colder weather.

Qualifying residents in Rossendale could receive funding towards the costs of home heating upgrades and insulation measures to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their fuel bills.

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Abandoned cars cost owners £1,000 in fines

Published on July 5, 2019 at 1:47 pm

Two men have been fined £1,030 each after being found guilty of dumping vehicles on land in Rossendale.

James Carruthers (35), of Moor Park Avenue, Rochdale, was charged with abandoning a Fiat Scudo van on Cherry Crescent, Rawtenstall, and was ordered to pay a £220 fine, £150 legal costs, £435 investigation costs and £225 compensation – a total of £1,030.

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Food allergy training updates for Rossendale businesses

Published on July 4, 2019 at 3:35 pm

Local food businesses have had training on up-to-date allergy rules.

More than 80 Rossendale food and drink businesses attended the workshops run by Rossendale Borough Council’s Environmental Health Department.

There has been a dramatic increase in allergic diseases in recent years. The aims of the sessions were to give local businesses the confidence when working with food products and serving customers with food allergies.

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Could you be a Councillor and stand for what you believe in?

Published on June 19, 2019 at 5:04 pm

What matters to you in your local area?  Is it providing more things for young people to do, improving services for older people, making the roads safer or ensuring that local businesses can thrive?  Whatever needs changing in your local area, you could be the person to change it by becoming a county councillor.

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Spring into Easter with a family fun festival in Bacup

Published on March 22, 2019 at 9:15 am

The Bacup Now Easter Festival is on its way with a massive line-up for kids big and small.

Taking place on Saturday, April 20th, from 10am to 4pm at Bacup Market and on Irwell Terrace, there will be the traditional Britannia Coconut Dancers Easter Boundary Dance, a chance to meet ‘Star Wars’ characters and performances by Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts and The Rossendale Drum Majorettes.

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Be part of the big pick

Published on March 13, 2019 at 11:46 am

Join the country’s biggest-ever Spring clean and help make Rossendale tidy.

The Great British Spring Clean takes place from 22nd March – 23rd April 2019 across the UK, organised by Keep Britain Tidy – and we need you to take action to improve the environment on your doorstep by joining the country’s biggest mass-participation environmental campaign.

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Be part of the big pick!

Published on March 7, 2019 at 4:15 pm

Join the country’s biggest-ever Spring clean and help make Rossendale tidy.

The Great British Spring Clean takes place from 22nd March – 23rd April 2019 across the UK, organised by Keep Britain Tidy – and we need you to take action to improve the environment on your doorstep by joining the country’s biggest mass-participation environmental campaign.

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Bacup man caught on camera throwing dog waste into River Irwell

Published on February 19, 2019 at 1:42 pm

A pensioner has been ordered to pay more than £300 after he was recorded disposing of his dog waste in the river six times.

Geoffrey Wright of Lee Road, Bacup, was caught throwing the waste between 12th and 14th October 2018. He has ordered to pay £200 legal costs to Rossendale Borough Council and £133.34 for investigations costs.

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Green progress for taxi trips in Rossendale

Published on February 18, 2019 at 1:56 pm

Funding has been granted to Rossendale Borough Council to install electric charge points for taxis.

The Department for Transport has announced it will provide £630K across Lancashire in funding to support ultra-low emission taxis – with four charging points to be installed across Rossendale.

The successful bid will see the installation of 24 charge points – four per council area – across Lancashire.

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New chance for groups to apply for Rossendale Community Fund

Published on January 15, 2019 at 1:31 pm

Local organisations are invited to apply for a grant of up to £750 from the Fund before the deadline of February 22nd.

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

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New team cracks down on litter louts

Published on January 3, 2019 at 11:24 am

People dropping litter, flytipping and dog fouling in Rossendale have been hit by fines following the introduction of a specialist enforcement team.

The on-the spot-fines have been issued by District Enforcement, which started a 12-month trial across Rossendale on December 3rd.

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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Shop owner fined over shutters

Published on December 21, 2018 at 12:29 pm

A business owner has been ordered to pay £405 following a row over shop shutters.

Syeda Monzu Uddin, owner of Haslingden Food Store, appeared at Burnley Magistrates Court charged with non-compliance with an Enforcement Notice and was fined £200 with costs of £175 and a victim surcharge of £30.

Action was taken by Rossendale Council in August to remove roller shutters from the Haslingden Food Store after the owner did not comply with an order to take the shutters down.

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Boxing clubs join the fight to end violence against women

Published on December 14, 2018 at 10:49 am

Men and women boxers joined up to support the White Ribbon Campaign.

A partnership between Rossendale Leisure Trust and Rossendale Borough Council promoted the campaign at local boxing clubs –  Community Boxing Club in Rawtenstall, Pioneer Gym in Bacup and Boxing Bootcamp in Haslingden.

The core of the national White Ribbon campaign is ending violence against women and those signing up take the pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women and girls.

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Community groups invited to apply for grants

Published on December 10, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Applications for community grants are now open at Rossendale Council.

There is a closing date of Monday, 7th January 2019. Grants will be available to cover the 3 financial years  –  2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22.

The allocation of up to £62,000 funding for Rossendale Council Grants and Community Partnership Grants was approved by the Council’s Cabinet on 28th November.

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“Disgusting” offenders sought after rotting chicken dumped in Bacup

Published on November 30, 2018 at 11:32 am

The hunt is on for culprits as hundreds of rotting chicken legs were found dumped in Bacup.

The chicken legs were discovered dumped off The Sidings in Bacup. Staff cleaning up the waste had to be protected with specialist coveralls to prevent contamination from the rotting chicken.

The clean-up team estimated there were hundreds of chicken legs on the steep banking on Tuesday, November 20th.

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Rossendale ready for Christmas as the borough lights up

Published on November 15, 2018 at 11:08 am

Christmas lights are switching on all over Rossendale with family friendly fun for all.

In Rawtenstall, Saturday, November 24th will see the town’s lights switch on at the Christmas Clog Market on the Town Square.

The market will take place between 10am and 5pm with artisan stalls, brass band, community choir and food and drink, and the lights switch on takes place at 5pm.

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Royal stamp of approval for Rawtenstall

Published on September 25, 2018 at 4:59 pm

The UK’s leading planning body toured Rawtenstall’s award-winning town centre developments.

Two senior members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) visited the McDonald’s drive thru restaurant and Spinning Point.

Rossendale Council won the best practice award at the 2017 RTPI North West Awards for Planning Excellence for the McDonald’s development.

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