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Survey launched on vision for Bacup

Published on September 30, 2019 at 4:10 pm

The views of Rossendale’s residents are being sought to help influence the final version of a masterplan laying out the future vision for Bacup.

An emerging Bacup 2040 Vision and Masterplan was published in March following five months of extensive community consultation.

Now a further 6-week consultation will invite further thoughts and feedback to help finalise the document.

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New jobs created as major firm moves to Rossendale

Published on September 18, 2019 at 1:25 pm

A major manufacturing firm is relocating to Rossendale in a multi-million pound move, that will create new jobs, after receiving help from Rossendale Council.

Melba Swintex is in the process of moving into a semi-derelict, vacant site in Stubbins which it is renovating and refurbishing with over £5m of investment.

The Council has worked with the company through its Invest in Rossendale programme, which has helped them benefit from NNDR business rates relief.

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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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Play area officially opens as “Top 15” Stubbylee Park impresses

Published on September 4, 2019 at 11:45 am

A Rossendale play area has officially opened after undergoing an £80k transformation.

The equipment in Stubbylee Park has been upgraded to include a jungle climber, five-way swing, scooter roundabout, music cottage, wizard’s hideaway and a cradle seat swing.

Bacup Pride and Newground  worked with Rossendale Council to secure the funding from Viridor Credits Environmental Company and Lancashire Environmental Fund.

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Stubbylee Park goes from strength to strength

Published on August 20, 2019 at 4:54 pm

Stubbylee Park in Bacup has been revitalised over the last few years thanks to strong local partnership work.

Rossendale Council has worked with the Park’s Friends Group, Bacup Pride, Newground and Stubbylee Community Greenhouses to come up with a masterplan for the popular local park.

Those ambitious plans have been successfully delivered in various stages over the past few years.

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Transformed Bacup play area to be officially opened

Published on August 19, 2019 at 3:51 pm

A Rossendale play area is set to officially open after undergoing an £80k transformation.

The equipment at Moorlands play area in Stubbylee Park has been upgraded to include a jungle climber, five-way swing, scooter roundabout, music cottage, wizard’s hideaway and a cradle seat swing.

Rossendale Council worked with Bacup Pride to secure the funding from Viridor Credits Environmental Company and Lancashire Environmental Fund.

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Fines issued as Council continues clampdown on dog fouling

Published on August 16, 2019 at 10:34 am

People allowing their dogs to foul in Rossendale have been hit by fines as a specialist enforcement team continues its work in the borough.

On-the-spot-fines have been issued by District Enforcement, which started a 12-month trial across Rossendale in December 2018.

Dedicated officers are patrolling the borough’s streets and parks seven days-a-week, targeting hot-spots identified by the Council.

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Further funding bid submitted to boost Bacup

Published on July 23, 2019 at 11:19 am

Rossendale Council has submitted a bid to further boost culture, trade and the visual appeal of Bacup.

Councillors have agreed to submit a bid for £1.1 million from Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zone fund.

Following the success of the £2m Bacup THI scheme, the Council has taken the opportunity to try and build on the growing buzz in the town.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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“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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New bin wagons roll-out in Rossendale

Published on November 21, 2018 at 11:28 am

A trio of new bin wagons are being mobilised on the streets of Rossendale.

The refuse collection vehicles have been introduced by Rossendale Council as part of a rolling five-year programme to start replacing its ageing fleet of vehicles and improve the service given to residents.

The two 26 tonne and one 12 tonne wagons cost £456,550 in total and will help boost recycling targets, as well as cut down on maintenance costs, vehicle downtime and improve capacity for staff at the Council’s Henrietta Street depot.

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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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Council welcomes national move on taxi licensing

Published on October 24, 2018 at 10:55 am

Rossendale Council has welcomed news that the Government is looking at overhauling national standards for taxi drivers in a move to improve passenger safety.

The news comes via a new publication that is the result of a Government-backed review into the industry.

It makes 34 recommendations across a wide range of areas including an urgent review of legislation and introduction of a national minimum standard for taxi licensing.

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Bacup THI Board statement on roadwork delays

Published on October 2, 2018 at 3:59 pm

Following on from Lancashire County Council’s announcement about the completion of the Bacup roadworks being delayed, the Townscape Heritage Initiative Board has released this statement.

Acting chair Councillor Jackie Oakes said:

“Lancashire County Council have told us the expected completion of highways improvements as part of the Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) will be delayed.

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New film ‘lifts lid’ on recycling dos and don’ts

Published on August 21, 2018 at 11:26 am

Do you ever get confused over what plastic items you can and can’t recycle?

Councillor Jackie Oakes and local volunteer Darren Ashworth have the answers for you in this new film:

Plastics recycling – dos and don'ts

Our new video featuring Councillor Jackie Oakes gives you some useful pointers on what plastics you can and can't recycle

Posted by Rossendale Borough Council Environmental Services on Friday, 17 August 2018

 

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