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Council updates on plans to improve markets

Published on December 8, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Rossendale Council is looking at plans to improve the borough’s markets.

Councillor Andy MacNae, Executive Member for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism updated on plans via two videos issued on the Council’s social media channels.

Watch the videos here:

Rossendale markets plans

Councillor Andy MacNae, Executive Member for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism announces plans to look at improving Rossendale's markets.

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Countdown to Christmas with the ‘12 Days of Christmas Kindness’ campaign

Published on December 7, 2017 at 11:59 am

Rossendale residents are being encouraged to pledge and perform random acts of kindness as part of a community campaign: ‘12 Days of Christmas Kindness.’

Community development programme Lancashire Time Credits, in partnership with Rossendale Borough Council’s ‘Living Well Living Better’ project, is launching the campaign, to support those in the community during the festive period, a time of year when many people can feel particularly lonely and isolated.

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Draft plan for a Healthier Future in Pennine Lancashire published

Published on December 5, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Health and care chiefs in Pennine Lancashire have today published a draft plan for health and care services in the area.

The draft plan is a blueprint to improve the health of people living in Pennine Lancashire (which covers Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire), as well as improving health and care services in the area.

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Pennine Lancashire chosen to trail-blaze new ways of transforming the way sport and activity is offered in England

Published on December 5, 2017 at 9:36 am

  • It’s one of 12 places selected to work on a ground-breaking new approach to tackle inactivity in communities
  • Around £100 million of National Lottery funding will be allocated to the 12 over four years
  • Encouraging better collaboration between a wider range of local organisations including voluntary groups, social enterprises, local authorities, faith organisations, schools, GPs and parenting groups

Pennine Lancashire has been chosen by Sport England as a pilot area to work with on a bold new approach to build healthier, more active communities across England.

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Changes announced to garden waste collection scheme

Published on December 1, 2017 at 10:00 am

Rossendale Borough Council is introducing changes to the garden waste collection service.

From March 2018 the fortnightly service will be provided on a subscription basis and will be charged at £35.

The move is the result of cuts introduced by central government and the decision by Lancashire County Council to reduce its support for recycling services by more than £500,000.

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Court hands out fines for failing to dispose of waste

Published on November 30, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Fines have been handed down for failure to dispose of waste following two successful prosecutions by Rossendale borough Council.

Richard Ashworth, of Brown Street, Bacup, was taken to court by the Council following complaints from residents.

The 37 year-old had allowed rotting household rubbish to build up in his back yard.

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New planning blog by Councillor Christine Lamb

Published on November 30, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Introducing a new planning blog by Councillor Christine Lamb, Portfolio Holder for Regulatory Services. The regular feature will contain updates and look ahead to forthcoming projects.

Local Plan Update

Following on from the 11 week consultation on the Council’s new draft Local Plan over the summer, which included seven roadshow events across the borough, the Forward Planning team are busy reviewing all of the responses received.

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Rossendale Council backs Small Business Saturday

Published on November 30, 2017 at 10:40 am

Rossendale Council is backing Small Business Saturday, taking place this Saturday December 2.

Small Business Saturday UK is a not-for-profit, grassroots campaign which exists to support, inspire and promote small business on the first Saturday in December each year and beyond.

The campaign encourages businesses to promote themselves and work with others to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

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Councillors to vote on bereavement charges

Published on November 22, 2017 at 2:40 pm

Rossendale Councillors are to consider a report on a proposed increase in bereavement services charges at next week’s Cabinet meeting on November 29.

Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Operations, said:

In order to maintain our service to its current standard, we are having to look at increasing our charges in line with other Lancashire Authorities.

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Rossendale Valley Heritage needs your memories

Published on November 22, 2017 at 8:51 am

A building preservation charity in Rossendale is calling on local people to share their memories to help highlight the importance of the area’s rich heritage.

Valley Heritage is asking for people to submit memories, stories, and photographs of historic buildings they think have had a positive impact on the community over the years.

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Council Leader updates on Spinning Point

Published on November 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Rossendale Council Leader, Councillor Alyson Barnes, has updated on the second phase of work to improve Rawtenstall town centre in a new film.

Councillor Barnes gave the latest on the Spinning Point development, as  work continues on the first phase and plans begin to take shape for the second.

The project is being delivered by the Rossendale Together Barnfield (RTB) Partnership, who recently sought residents’ views on the latest phase of Spinning Point.

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Christmas comes to Rossendale

Published on November 17, 2017 at 9:13 am

Get  ready for Christmas in Rossendale with a whole host of events taking place around the borough.

On Saturday, November 18, it’s the Rawtenstall Christmas Light Switch on.

It takes place at 5pm at the top of Bank St (outside DoDahs) and will see Rawtenstall’s Tom Hamer, double Paralympic silver medallist, welcome in the festival season.

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Residents turn out to ‘talk to us’

Published on November 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Over one hundred people went along to an event to look at the proposals for the future of Bacup town centre.

The ‘Come and Talk to Us’ session took place at the A B & D Centre and saw officers from Rossendale Borough Council and Lancashire County Council on hand to discuss the plans.

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Council praises lantern parade success

Published on November 9, 2017 at 10:57 am

Rossendale Council has praised organisers of a magical lantern procession that lit up Stacksteads.

Hundreds of people took part in parade, which has been described as the best one yet.

Arts Council funding enabled scores of workshops to be held across Rossendale over three months to help the community create and decorate their own lanterns.

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Borough comes together to remember fallen heroes

Published on November 9, 2017 at 10:30 am

Rossendale will come together to salute the nation’s war heroes during this year’s Remembrance commemorations.

Several events will take place across the borough to remember those who made sacrifices to defend the country.

You can get all the details of events here.

There will also be a Festival of Remembrance Event on November 5 at St Mary’s Church in Rawtenstall on November 5.

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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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Tea Rooms nominated for offering a ‘safe space’ to people living with dementia

Published on November 1, 2017 at 4:03 pm

Popular Haslingden eatery, the Dearden Tea Rooms has been nominated for a prestigious award for its work with people living with Dementia.

The tea rooms run by business partners Andrea Britland and Chris Hood, former head chef at the Fisherman’s Retreat, are up for an Inclusive Tourism Award as well as Lancashire Café/Tearoom Award in the Lancashire Tourism Awards.

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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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New video showcases Civic Pride’s work with children

Published on November 1, 2017 at 10:02 am

Rossendale Civic Pride volunteers do lots of work to make the borough a cleaner and greener place. Volunteers also work with children and young people to educate them about the problems that arise because of littering.

This short video showcases the work Sue Flint and her husband do.

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Lord Shuttleworth praises progress in Rossendale

Published on October 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Lord Shuttleworth, the Queen’s representative in Lancashire, visited the borough recently to look at some of the major projects the Council and its partners are delivering.

He visited Bacup to see what was happening in the town thanks to the Townscape Heritage Initiative and then to see the progress being made on Rawtenstall town centre thanks to the work on Spinning Point.

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Don’t Forget to Register to Vote

Published on October 25, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Rossendale residents are being reminded not to miss the deadline to return vital forms.

During the summer every residential property in the Borough received a household enquiry form, and people that did not respond were then visited by canvass staff during October to try and gather the information that we need to ensure all eligible people are registered to vote.

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Traffic problems in Rawtenstall

Published on October 23, 2017 at 7:05 pm

Many residents have approached Rossendale Council about traffic problems in Rawtenstall which are causing major delays for motorists.

In a statement, Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council, said:

“Quite a few residents have been in contact with myself and fellow councillors about the gridlock in Rawtenstall town centre – and it was especially bad on Sunday.

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Severe weather in Rossendale over the weekend

Published on October 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Rossendale was hit quite badly over the weekend with heavy rain and wind causing major disruption and flooding to residents and motorists.

In a statement, Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of Rossendale Council, said:

“Saturday was a tough night for people in Rossendale. Council staff worked with both Lancashire County Council, the Emergency Services, volunteers and the Environment Agency to try to limit the disruption.

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Council update on Rawtenstall parking

Published on October 18, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Rossendale Council has released an update on parking in Rawtenstall.

Councillor Andrew MacNae, Portfolio holder for Regeneration, Tourism and Lesiure, said:

“The council have started to look at this issue as parking in Rawtenstall is becoming a real issue especially with commuters parking up all the day which limits spaces for shoppers and affects trade.

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Join together to stop hate crime

Published on October 16, 2017 at 11:11 am

A week of action is taking place to raise awareness of all hate crimes.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week runs from Saturday, October 14th until Saturday, October 21st, with events taking place all week.

Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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A big thank you

Published on October 13, 2017 at 8:17 pm

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the digital session on Thursday, October 12.

We got more than 130 comments and there were lots of great questions and points.

You can see the thread on our Facebook page.

We hope to do more in the future on a range of topics.

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Rossendale Council helps Lancashire become the first White Ribbon County

Published on October 13, 2017 at 1:20 pm

Rossendale Council has made a commitment to ending violence against women and girls by signing up for White Ribbon status.

The local authority has joined others from across Lancashire, where all district councils and unitary authorities across the County now hold the accreditation.

The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global effort of men working to end male violence against women.

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Welcome to the neighbourhood!

Published on October 10, 2017 at 11:50 am

Rossendale residents and representatives of local community groups are invited to attend their local Neighbourhood Forum meeting to find out more about activities and events in their area and discuss local issues.

There are four Neighbourhood Forums in Rossendale covering the different areas and meetings are open to all local residents.

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Haslingden Baths: Statement

Published on October 9, 2017 at 1:57 pm

The Council and the Haslingden Baths Community Interest Company have issued the following statement:

Rossendale Council and HBCIC continue to work together.

Progress of the refurbishment has been limited in the last few months, because of building structural issues and financial restrictions.

The Council and directors of HBCIC have met on numerous occasions and the Council has advised it is willing to release £100,000 on the condition that the funding shortfall is met by other funding sources.

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Council to host Spinning Point digital Q+A

Published on October 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Rossendale Council is to host an online digital session to answer residents’ questions about the future of Rawtenstall town centre.

The session, around the next phase of the Spinning Point development, will take place on Facebook, will go ahead on Thursday, October 12 from 5.30pm-7.30pm.

Answering question on the night will be Councillor Andy MacNae, Executive Member for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism; alongside Paul Walker and the Council’s Planning Manager Nicola Hopkins.

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Councillors vote on green waste charges

Published on October 5, 2017 at 11:00 am

Rossendale Council Members have voted to introduce charges for green waste collections.

A report into the charges was debated at Full Council on Wednesday, October 4.

It is part of an on-going package of measures to deal with cuts to the Council’s funding from both the Government and Lancashire County Council, which has cut its ‘cost share’ payment, which supports recycling services, to Rossendale by more than £500,000.

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New date added for you to have your say on Rawtenstall’s future

Published on October 2, 2017 at 11:18 am

A new date has been added for residents to get a glimpse of the future of Rawtenstall town centre.

The Rossendale Together Barnfield (RTB) Partnership are seeking residents’ views on the next phase of the Spinning Point development.

Two events have already been held and around 40 people attended to see officers.

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Leader praises community group after it receives royal approval

Published on October 2, 2017 at 10:36 am

The Leader of Rossendale Council Councillor Alyson Barnes, has praised Civic Pride Rossendale after they were awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

Last Wednesday, Civic Pride Rossendale were one of only five groups from Lancashire to be awarded the award, which is known as the MBE for volunteer organisations it is the highest recognition that a voluntary organisation can receive in the UK.

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Help celebrate Rossendale volunteers

Published on September 29, 2017 at 6:46 pm

Help Civic Pride celebrate the community on October 21st at Kay Street Baptist Church, Rawtenstall.

Meet some of their army of volunteers who give up their time 365 days a year to keep Rossendale looking its best.  Last year they collected over 18 tonnes of litter, as well as creating 14 eye catching community gardens to welcome residents and visitors alike as they enter, travel through and leave the town.

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Friends cook up a storm for charity

Published on September 25, 2017 at 10:11 am

Three friends who staged a charity bake-a-thon say hitting their target was the icing on the cake for 24 hour cooking marathon.

Abigail Wrench, Becca Astin and Kirsty Lauder held the mega cake making session at Abigail’s Burnley home in aid of Pendleside, Hospice.

The group raised £1,702 by baking from 8pm to 8am the next morning.

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Crown Court upholds decision by Rossendale Borough Council

Published on September 22, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Preston Crown Court has backed a decision by Rossendale Borough Council to revoke a taxi driver’s licence.

The court agreed on Thursday (September 21) that Sarfaraz Ahmad Bibi, 40, of Timperley Road, Ashton under Lyne, should no longer be able to operate as a hackney carriage driver.

The Council took the decision to revoke Bibi’s licence after he was convicted in December last year of picking up a passenger in Stockport without being pre-booked, and for not having the correct insurance.

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Still time to have your say on Local Plan

Published on September 20, 2017 at 11:30 am

There is still time to have your say on the plan which will guide the borough’s development over the next 15 years.

Rossendale Council has published its draft local plan which guides how the borough will achieve its targets for housing, employment sites and facilities over the next few years.

It will also guide where new housing and employment will be located as well as where land should be protected.

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Residents invited to help make Haslingden better

Published on September 19, 2017 at 5:29 pm

Volunteers are needed to help Haslingden bring in more investment into the town.

Rossendale Council is looking to establish a Haslingden steering group which will help it bid for funding to improve the town centre.

Officers will be at Haslingden library on Monday, September 25, 3pm to 5.30pm, to outline what the role entails.

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Parade gets ready to shine

Published on September 19, 2017 at 4:04 pm

STUNNING lanterns have been created and decorated in a series of workshops held for the Light Up The Valley parade.

On Saturday, October 28 at 6pm the colourful creations will be led in a parade from the mill at Toll Bar, Stacksteads, near the mini roundabout, along the banks of the River Irwell into The Glade.

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See another side to Rawtenstall this Halloween

Published on September 19, 2017 at 11:51 am

This All Hallows Eve enjoy a feast of stories, mysteries murders and spooky tales on a walk in and around Rawtenstall.

Join local theatre company, Hard Graft, and international ghost hunter Anders Andersson as they share the darker side of the most haunted town in East Lancashire.

Tales will include the last woman hanged in Manchester, the headless corpse in a drain, the floating baby and the ghostly girl with the red hair.

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Help shape the future of Rawtenstall town centre

Published on September 19, 2017 at 8:54 am

Residents will get a glimpse of the future of Rawtenstall at a series of public information events to be held end of September.

The Rossendale Together Barnfield (RTB) Partnership are seeking residents’ views on the next phase of the Spinning Point development.

Officers and members of the RTB Board will be on hand for residents to ask questions.

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Pair fined for failure to clear rubbish

Published on September 18, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Two residents have been prosecuted and fined for failure to remove rubbish that was attracting rats and other pests.

Michael Anthony Kershaw, 33 and Nicola Kershaw, 43, of Burnley Road, Crawshawbooth were found guilty at Burnley Magistrates Court in their absence and were ordered to pay over £1,000.

The pair were each fined £250 with £250 costs and a £30 Victim Surcharge.

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Family get tough to raise money for Macmillan Nurses

Published on September 13, 2017 at 3:12 pm

A family are celebrating after conquering the famous Tough Mudder challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Joanne Hargreaves, Customer Relationship Manager at Rossendale Borough Council, husband Barry, daughter Chloe, and family friend David Pickup completed the course in four hours.

The 12 mile long challenge which was held at Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, saw them take on more than 20 obstacles and plenty of mud.

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Crown Court backs taxi licence removal

Published on September 12, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Rossendale Council has won a Crown Court appeal following its decision to revoke the taxi licence  of a driver who refused to take a passenger with a guide dog.

Taiwo Osazuwa, 50, of Teddington Road, New Moston, Manchester, was prosecuted in February for failing to allow a passenger to travel with their assistance animal in June last year, an offence under the Equality Act 2010.

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Green bin collection rescheduled in Weir

Published on September 12, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Ongoing works by Electricity North West in the Weir area has meant that Council was unable to service green bins today at a number of properties. Arrangements have been made for the bins to be emptied tomorrow from 7am.

The streets that are affected are:

  • Burnley Road
  • Captain Street
  • Comet Street
  • Halley Street
  • Hillside Crescent
  • Melrose Terrace
  • Richard Street
  • Weir Bottom
  • Weir Lane
  • Wright Street

Any missed recycling collections from previous weeks will be dealt with as soon as possible once the roads works are removed.

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New Civic Pride: A Celebration of Our Borough

Published on September 12, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Across the valley, volunteers from all sectors of the community give up their own time to help others either directly or indirectly.

On Saturday 21st October, from 11am to 3pm Civic Pride will be hosting a day of celebration at Kay Street Baptist Church and are inviting other local voluntary groups to join them to thank volunteers’ past and present and encourage others to join them.

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Crackdown on landlords who fail tenants with poor quality housing

Published on September 8, 2017 at 2:48 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has announced a crackdown on landlords who fail to maintain their rental properties to a decent standard.

It follows the prosecution of a landlord who was then ordered to pay over £4,000 for failing to provide habitable living conditions for his tenants.

Bernard McKay, 65, of  Ashworth Road, Rochdale, was convicted in his absence of failing to comply with improvement notices served by the Council.

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East Lancashire Railway applies for Rawtenstall redevelopment

Published on September 8, 2017 at 11:07 am

Rossendale Borough Council has received a planning application from the East Lancashire Railway for the redevelopment of Rawtenstall Station.

East Lancashire Railway says the £600,000 proposed development will see Rawtenstall Station redeveloped to ‘provide enhanced facilities for not only visitors to the East Lancashire Railway but the local community too’.

Planning permission is being sought for the following:

  • Platform Canopy – The erection of an ‘L’ shaped canopy spanning the entire length and width of the station buildings.

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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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Tough Mudder challenge no obstacle for race-ready family

Published on September 4, 2017 at 11:50 am

A family are getting ready to tackle the Tough Mudder challenge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Joanne Hargreaves, Customer Relationship Manager at Rossendale Borough Council, husband Barry and daughter Chloe are preparing to undertake the challenge at Cholmondley Castle

The 12 mile long challenge on September 9-10 will see them take on more than 20 obstacles and plenty of mud.

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BLOG: new project improves cycling routes in Rossendale

Published on August 31, 2017 at 3:13 pm

An exciting four-year £5.85m scheme is now well underway across Rossendale and East Lancashire to create and improve cycling routes.

The East Lancashire Strategic Cycleway project is designed to create 23km of new multi-user routes and improve 95km of existing routes between 2015 and 2019, including the Valley of Stone connecting Rawtenstall to Whitworth.

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Fab and groovy festival returns

Published on August 29, 2017 at 1:38 pm

Get ready to take a trip back in time at the Rossendale 60s Festival.

The valley wide festival with unique events in Rawtenstall, Bacup, Haslingden and Whitworth is aimed at attracting and exposing visitors to the beauty, heritage and culture of Rossendale.

This year’s festival that promises to be even bigger and better than before runs from September 8-10.

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Bacup THI board – update

Published on August 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Following a meeting with Lancashire County Council on Thursday, August 24 Bacup THI board Chair, Councillor Andy MacNae, has said the following:

At a meeting yesterday (August 24) at County Hall, County Councillors Steen and Eaton confirmed their position that they would not support any public realm scheme for Bacup that moves the existing roundabout.

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Scheme achieves Real results for Bacup

Published on August 24, 2017 at 1:45 pm

The refurbishment of one of Bacup’s most historic buildings has been completed.

Built in the 1930s, the Art Deco Real Building on St James Square has undergone a total revamp and its historic details have been restored.

The work which took around four months included the installation of new windows with bespoke steel frames, replacement of the roof and shop front, structural works to the cellar and stone repairs.

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Rossendale Community Fund open for applications

Published on August 23, 2017 at 4:12 pm

The latest round of the Rossendale Community Fund is now open for applications.

Local organisations are invited to apply for a grant from the fund before the deadline of September 22.

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

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Ski Rossendale unveils exciting new redevelopment plans

Published on August 23, 2017 at 2:57 pm

Ski Rossendale has begun more exciting redevelopment plans at its Haslingden Old Road site.

Working with Rossendale Council, The Ski Rossendale Board has created a proposal to build a new reception, changing area, café and outside dining area at the Rawtenstall-based dry ski slope.

The new plans are part of an overall 630K project, funded by Sport England and supported by Rossendale Council, which includes enhanced skiing facilities along with the new ski centre building.

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Walkers urged to head for the hills

Published on August 23, 2017 at 11:07 am

Walkers are being invited to put their best foot forward for the annual Rossendale Round the Hills Walk.

Taking place on Sunday, September 3, it leaves from Marl Pits Sports Centre and is 18 miles long.

This is the 50th year of the walk, which was originally established by Walter Whittaker with the aim of encouraging local people to enjoy a long walk in the surrounding hills.

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Residents urged to respond to electoral register form

Published on August 22, 2017 at 11:58 am

Rossendale residents are receiving a form asking them to check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address.

The mail-out is part of the Borough’s annual voter registration canvass – which is designed to ensure that the electoral register is up-to-date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

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Adrian keeps on running

Published on August 18, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Marathon man, Adrian Smith, is gearing up for his next challenge – The Great North Run.

The Bacup-based father-of-three, returned in May from the Middle East where he ran a marathon in aid of families affected by war and persecution in the region.

Now the 56 year old, has decided to embark on yet another run for charity by taking part in the half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields.

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Unsafe taxi taken off the road in Council crackdown

Published on August 17, 2017 at 9:11 am

A taxi has been taken off the road in a Council crackdown on unsafe vehicles.

The taxi owner, Mr Madoris Ali, had his hackney carriage proprietors licence revoked by Rossendale Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee for constantly failing to maintain his vehicle in a roadworthy state and it failing its last MOT with a number of dangerous items including brakes and tyres.

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Funding available for rural Rossendale businesses

Published on August 16, 2017 at 9:57 am

Rural businesses in Rossendale are being encouraged to contact Rossendale Council’s economic development team for help to apply for funding to help grow their operations.

LEADER funding is one of two separate programmes available and is a locally delivered grant scheme aimed at promoting jobs and business growth to improve the rural economy.

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Bacup THI board – update

Published on August 14, 2017 at 11:23 am

Following a further meeting with Lancashire County Council on Friday, August 11 Bacup THI board Chair, Councillor Andy MacNae, has said the following:

Following my statement last week, I met with senior officers and councillors at Lancashire County Council on Friday. It was a positive meeting in so far as LCC confirmed their continued support for new public realm in Bacup and their desire to work closely with Rossendale Borough Council and the THI board.

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Council running team’s marathon charity effort

Published on August 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

A Rossendale Council running team raised over £1200 for charity after taking part in the Great Manchester Run.

The group – dubbed the ‘Futures Running Team’ – formed to get fit together and spend time with each other out of the office.

The nine members, who include Chief Executive Stuart Sugarman, came together at the start of 2017 and progressed so well they set themselves the goal of entering the internationally renowned 10k event in Manchester.

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New blog – new website set to launch

Published on August 8, 2017 at 2:19 pm

In the final chapter of a weekly series of blogs, Cllr Steve Hughes, Executive Member Champion for IT,  shares some final thoughts ahead of the launch of Rossendale Council’s new website.

There’s just one day to go before we launch our brand new website.

Going live tomorrow, Wednesday August 9, the new site features a re-jigged layout – with an A-Z of services – that makes it quicker and easier for residents to access the information they need.

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Bacup THI Board statement

Published on August 8, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Ahead of the expiration of its seven-day deadline for Lancashire County Council to confirm support for the THI public realm scheme, Bacup THI board Chair, Councillor Andy MacNae, has issued the following statement:

Lancashire County Council has requested extra time to consider its options. We have agreed to this as we really value our partnership but this uncertainty cannot go on much longer. 

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Chair of Bacup THI Board statement following this week’s board meeting

Published on August 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Following a meeting of the Bacup THI board this week, the chair of the Board, Councillor Andy MacNae made the following statement:

“The THI public realm scheme is facing uncertainty after Lancashire County Council has been unable to confirm that the project will receive its support. The THI board has confirmed its support for scheme, which has been tweaked following recent public feedback including the public meeting. 

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New blog – registering on our new website

Published on August 1, 2017 at 4:22 pm

In just over a week local residents will be able to access Rossendale Council’s new and improved website.

The new site goes live on Wednesday August 9, and features a re-jigged layout – with an A-Z of services – that makes it quicker and easier for residents to access the information they need.

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RTB Board delighted at Spinning Point progress

Published on July 27, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Members of the Rossendale Together Barnfield (RTB) Partnership have paid the Spinning Point site a visit to see progress that has been made.

More details can be found here.

After visiting the site, Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism, said:

“We have worked really hard to bring in investment to our town centres to help them flourish.

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New road safety campaign launches

Published on July 26, 2017 at 9:32 am

A new campaign aims to highlight the common causes of collisions involving child pedestrians in Lancashire in a bid to cut the number of deaths and injuries on roads.

‘Look Out Lancs’ is being run by the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership and encourages everyone on the roads to look out for each other.

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Have your say on the local plan

Published on July 25, 2017 at 4:49 pm

Rossendale Council has published its draft local plan which guides how the borough will achieve its targets for housing, employment sites and facilities over the next few years.

Residents and businesses are invited to have their say on the plan which will guide development for the next 15 years.

As well as earmarking sites for development, the plan will also propose sites for environmental protection.

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Council delight at Spinning Point award

Published on July 25, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Spinning Point, the multimillion pound redevelopment of Rawtenstall town centre has won a prestigious award.

You can read all about the award here.

Welcoming the news, Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism, said:

 “This is brilliant news and shows the progress being made to redevelop the area.

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Blog: Convenience key on new website

Published on July 25, 2017 at 2:26 pm

Local residents will soon be able to access Rossendale Council’s new and improved website.

The new site, which will go live on Wednesday August 9, features a re-jigged layout – with an A-Z of services – that makes it quicker and easier for residents to access the information they need.

In the latest in a weekly series of blogs leading up to the launch Cllr Steve Hughes, Executive Member Champion for IT, discusses the new site’s additional and improved online forms.

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Council wins prestigious award

Published on July 24, 2017 at 10:52 am

Rossendale Council’s Planning Team has won a top regional award for its practice.

The team won the Best Practice Award at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) North West Regional Awards for Planning Excellence 2017 for its work on the new McDonalds at Rawtenstall.

A new award category was created for this scheme and the judges confirmed that the scheme was given special status because it demonstrated how a small local planning authority can achieve an excellent outcome in dealing with an application from a world famous company.

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Trio get ready for marathon bake-a-thon

Published on July 20, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Three friends have found the perfect recipe to raise money for charity, by staging a 24 hour bake-a-thon.

Abigail Wrench, Becca Astin and Kirsty Lauder are holding the marathon cake making session at Abigail’s Burnley home in aid of Pendleside, Hospice.

The group plan to stream the 24 hour bake-a-thon live on Youtube and are also inviting people to drop by for a cuppa and a cake in aid of the charity.

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Blog: Council worker who raised money for displaced families in Iraq

Published on July 19, 2017 at 11:05 am

Adrian Smith, a father-of-three from Bacup, ran a marathon in the heat of the Middle East in May to support families affected by war and persecution in the Middle East.

Adrian, 56, the principal planning officer for Rossendale Borough Council had previously visited Iraq and saw for himself the suffering faced by families following the invasion of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), which forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.

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Blog: Content key on new Council website

Published on July 18, 2017 at 9:41 am

Local residents will soon be able to access Rossendale Council’s new and improved website.

The new site, which will go live on Wednesday August 9, features a re-jigged layout – with an A-Z of services – that makes it quicker and easier for residents to access the information they need.

In the first of a weekly series of blogs leading up to the launch Cllr Steve Hughes, Executive Member Champion for IT, discusses the new site’s simplicity and customer friendly content.

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Council delighted at lottery windfall for heritage project

Published on July 17, 2017 at 10:55 am

Community Assets Standing Tall (CAST) has been awarded £49,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to undertake a two year listing project of Rossendale Heritage assets.

You can get more details here: http://www.communityasset.org/listing-project-press-release/

Councillor Annie McMahon, Design and Heritage Champion, said:

I am delighted to hear this news. CAST are a superb organisation and this is a very exciting piece of work.

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Dog show star attraction at Whitworth fun day

Published on July 14, 2017 at 10:02 am

There was a canine theme at Whitworth’s 8th annual family fun day.

The event, on Sunday July 9, saw residents enjoying a variety of entertainment, competitions and refreshments in the glorious sunshine.

Organised by the Whitworth Tourism and Leisure Committee volunteers, attractions on the Riverside car park included ten fun dog show categories with prizes for the scruffiest mutt, ‘waggiest tail’, best fancy dress, best biscuit catcher, best rescue dog and more.

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Council campaign invites acts of kindness

Published on July 13, 2017 at 8:56 am

Rossendale residents are being invited to perform ‘acts of kindness’ to help tackle loneliness and social isolation.

The Council is launching its Acts of Kindness campaign – through its Living Well, Living Better project – on Monday, July 24.

As part of the campaign, people are encouraged to perform one act of kindness in their local community that might help others feel less lonely or socially isolated, or just make someone’s day by offering to help in some way.

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New mountain bike event lined up for Rossendale

Published on July 12, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Hot on the heels of the Northern Grip festival another mountain biking event is set to hit Rossendale soon.

The Midweek MTB Madness 2017 Race 5 is set to take over Lee Quarry in Bacup on Thursday, July 20 promising some high octane thrills and spills in the heart of the borough.

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Council announces launch of new website

Published on July 11, 2017 at 9:40 am

Residents of Rossendale will soon be able to access the Council’s  new and improved website.

The new site, which will go live on Wednesday August 9, features a re-jigged layout – with an A-Z of services – that makes it quicker and easier for residents to access the information they need.

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Northern Grip hailed a success

Published on July 10, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Bacup hosted the Northern Grip over the weekend (July 7,8 and 9). Hundreds of people gathered for the festival.

Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio holder for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure, visited the festival and praised what he saw. He said:

“I was delighted to see the Northern Grip go so well. There was a buzz around Bacup and the organisers have put on a superb festival which had something for everyone not just serious mountain bikers.

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Statement on Scout Moor wind farm

Published on July 7, 2017 at 3:38 pm

A public inquiry was launched last year into local plans to expand the Scout Moor wind farm on land between Rossendale and Rochdale.

Rossendale Borough Council has now received word that the Secretary of State has overturned the Council’s decision to award planning permission for this project.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of Rossendale Borough Council, said:

We are extremely disappointed about this.

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Council leader welcomes injunction

Published on July 7, 2017 at 2:14 pm

Rossendale Council Leader, Alyson Barnes, has welcomed news that an injunction has been granted to halt work being carried out at Kippax Mill in Goodshawfold.

The move follows a recent Temporary Stop Notice being issued to the landowner, which he failed to observe.

The Council has now been granted an injunction preventing him, among other things, from changing the use of the land or carrying out further engineering operations to include excavation and the formation of any hard surface or track.

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Rossendale’s Packed Summer of Events

Published on July 7, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Rossendale is set to come alive with a fantastic series of events taking place this summer, from the Northern Grip biking festival to the Boo Puppet Festival, there’s something for everyone.

Highlights include the Northern Grip Mountain Bike Festival, which will kick-start the Summer of adrenaline with a two day festival starting today and running throughout the weekend.

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Warning to pet owners not to leave dogs in cars

Published on July 6, 2017 at 3:15 pm

The RSPCA are warning people as the weather warms up it is dangerous to leave your dog in a car even with the windows open.

Many people still believe that it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog.

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New blog: What’s going on at Northern Grip this weekend

Published on July 5, 2017 at 9:24 pm

It’s Northern Grip time again this weekend! We thought we’d remind you – and ourselves – what the heck is going on.

 FRIDAY NIGHT

3pm onwards

Campsite opens

On arrival please head to the wristband exchange in the Courtyard to pick up your wristband then go and pitch your tent or park your van

7pm to 11pm – Opening Party in the Courtyard.

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Excitement builds for Northern Grip Festival

Published on July 5, 2017 at 1:29 pm

The Northern Grip takes place this weekend (July 7, 8 and July 9) at Lee Quarry.

Ahead of the festival Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism, said:

“I am really excited that the Northern Grip will be held at Lee Quarry this weekend and I really look forward to visiting the festival.

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Bacup THI – Statement about public meeting

Published on July 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Councillor Andrew MacNae, chair of Bacup THI Board, said after last night meeting about the public realm scheme: “I was very pleased with the number of people who came to share their views and I want thank everyone for taking the time to come to the meeting tonight. It is very important the community is involved in shaping the future of Bacup.

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Whitaker Museum’s Heritage Lottery windfall

Published on July 3, 2017 at 8:23 am

A popular local museum is planning a major extension after receiving a Heritage Lottery Fund windfall.

The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery in Rawtenstall has been successful in an initial £100k Heritage Lottery Fund bid to develop plans to extend the museum into the barn, stables and yard next-door – which are currently used by Rossendale Council.

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Weekend road closure update

Published on June 30, 2017 at 7:17 pm

Residents are being made aware that Market Street in Whitworth  will be closed from about 9am today (Saturday, July 1) to allow the demolition of Albert Mill, which is between Healey Corner and Hall Street.

The derelict mill which has been the target of numerous arson attacks and incidents of vandalism is currently being demolished.

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Rossendale Council tackles unsafe taxis

Published on June 30, 2017 at 8:36 am

Unsafe taxis were taken off the road during a Council led crackdown at Manchester Airport.

The team gave out ten notices to drivers licensed by Rossendale for minor defects on their taxis and suspended four vehicles on the spot for serious defects including one which had a bald tyre.

Operations such as this one are vital ways of ensuring taxi drivers are meeting safety requirements to protect the health and safety of the public.

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New CGI image of Bacup public realm scheme released

Published on June 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm

A new computer generated image of what Bacup town centre could like in the future has been released.

The image shows what the proposed public realm improvement scheme for St James Square will look like from the view of a pedestrian.

The Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative is a £2m investment in the town to restore its historic character.

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Flooding advice for residents

Published on June 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Residents or business owners who think that they might be at risk from flooding are invited to attend the Flood Fayre.

Organised by the Rawtenstall Flood Forum there will help and advice on offer to anyone who thinks they could be affected.

The flood forum estimates that around six and a half thousand properties in the borough are at some degree of risk from flooding from rivers, groundwater, reservoirs or drains.

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