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Hope for Haslingden National Lottery funding

Published on June 29, 2020 at 5:17 pm

A NEW website is being launched to back Haslingden’s bid for National Lottery funding to regenerate the town.

Rossendale Borough Council has already been successful in securing £112k from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, match funded by £15k from the council to develop the initial bid.

The website details the £2.5 million plans for the town – including the creation of a landscaped pocket park Cockerill Square, behind shops on Higher Deardengate linking to the town’s market.

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A new dawn for Bacup as Council bids for £11 million boost

Published on June 26, 2020 at 11:04 am

An ambitious plan to secure a vibrant sustainable future for Bacup town centre is being submitted for millions of pounds of government regeneration funding.

Already businesses, residents and visitors have witnessed a rebirth in the town thanks to works carried out with Townscape Heritage Initiative money which was secured by Rossendale Borough Council (RBC).

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Honouring the Armed Forces from home

Published on June 24, 2020 at 12:39 pm

This year Rossendale Borough Council will celebrate Armed Forces Week remotely.

The coronavirus pandemic means that the usual ceremony to celebrate Armed Forces Week will not be held as usual. The Union Flag has been raised in Rawtenstall however, and will remain flying for this week.

Armed Forces Day gives people the opportunity to show their support for the men and women of the Armed Forces past and present and the sacrifices they made and continue to make.

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Business grant money still available

Published on May 19, 2020 at 10:31 am

Rossendale Borough Council has now paid out more than £14 million to businesses in the valley during the coronavirus crisis.

These have Government grants been paid to 1,319 businesses across Rossendale to help them cope while being forced to close due to the pandemic.

A number of  businesses are still eligible for the grants and  are urged to apply.

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Business thanks for grants

Published on April 24, 2020 at 4:02 pm

Businesses across the borough have been receiving the Government grants distributed by Rossendale Borough Council.

The grants started to be distributed on Aril 1st and the majority of firms that applied have now received their funds.

The Council has been receiving messages of thanks from businesses for the help given by officers, not only in getting the grants out but in offering help and advice to those in need.

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Businesses urged to apply for Government grants

Published on April 20, 2020 at 9:59 am

Rossendale businesses are being reminded to apply for the Government grants during the coronavirus closures.

It is estimated that 1,800 local Rossendale businesses are eligible for the grants, but just over 900 firms have applied so far – only  half of those who could claim.

Rossendale Borough Council is keen to support all businesses and pay out the grants, and has been contacting firms who have not yet applied.

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First business payments out today for Rossendale firms

Published on April 6, 2020 at 2:28 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has started to send out Government grant payments to local businesses affected by the coronavirus.

Following the package of support announced by the Government for those affected by the restrictions and closures put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Council contacted businesses to promote access to the grant, and received the funds from Government on Wednesday, 1st April in order to pay the grant.

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Support for local businesses during coronavirus – update

Published on April 2, 2020 at 2:48 pm

Rossendale Borough Council is dedicated to supporting all our local businesses through these challenging and unprecedented times.

The Government has introduced a package of business support for those affected by the restrictions and closures put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Help is also at hand for a range of issues through the Council.

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CCTV Hub gains top award

Published on February 10, 2020 at 1:18 pm

Region’s CCTV Hub has been awarded a top security award.

The CCTV hub, based in Blackburn town centre, was awarded the CCTV camera commissioner certificate of compliance.

It was awarded the accolade following an audit by the Security Camera Commissioner (SCC). It shows that the hub works with the Protection of Freedoms Act and the Secretary of State’s “Surveillance Camera Code of Practice”.

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Christmas tree recycling boost for borough

Published on January 29, 2020 at 11:10 am

A total of 250 real Christmas trees have been donated to Rossendale Council for recycling.

Environmental officers have been busy disposing of and recycling the trees following the offer to collect the real trees after the festive season for just £5.

The trees are being shredded and the organic material will be used for recycling.

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Statement on funding proposals for St Mary’s Gyratory

Published on January 16, 2020 at 2:13 pm

Comment from Rossendale Borough Council Leader Councillor Alyson Barnes on the funding proposals to improve traffic and air quality on St Mary’s Way, including the gyratory, in Rawtenstall. The issue will be discussed at a Lancashire County Council Cabinet meeting on Thursday, January 16th.

It is part of the  report on the Proposed Submission to the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point Fund.

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Vital homes for families in need being developed in Rossendale.

Published on September 26, 2019 at 4:10 pm

Rossendale Borough Council is buying, repairing and refurbishing three empty properties to be used as affordable supported temporary accommodation.

There is currently no temporary supported accommodation suitable for families in the borough except for one house that the council owns, and there is need for more homes.

These will be used for families who are temporarily homeless due to various circumstances including domestic violence, family breakdown or a negative change in finances.

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A new play area is coming to Rising Bridge thanks to a funding boost

Published on September 20, 2019 at 12:00 pm

The project will involve new play equipment for children aged 0-16 including a zip-wire, new safety surfacing, drainage for the play area and a football pitch and a picnic area, to replace the old and worn play equipment. New pathways will be installed meaning that the Play Area will be accessible to all.

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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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