Following the announcement that work is to begin to redevelop Albert Mill on Albert Street and demolish the building, ward Councillor Sean Serridge said: “I’m delighted we are seeing progress on this site. It has been a major concern for residents, me and my fellow councillors, police and the fire service.
The Rossendale Together Barnfield (RTB) Partnership has welcomed progress on Spinning Point development as new hoardings have been put in place.
Kevin Ruth, Chair of the RTB Partnership, said: “We are pleased the hoardings have gone up and people can see the progress that has already been made. The scheme is on track and once finished will be a big boost to this borough.”
Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism at Rossendale Council, said: “Work continues apace on this project and I am very excited to see the development when it is finished.
Rossendale residents are invited to get involved, debate and help shape the future of health and social care in Pennine Lancashire at a summer engagement event in the borough.
NHS, local councils and voluntary community and faith sector organisations in Pennine Lancashire, which is made up of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, have been working together for the past year on a programme to change the way health and social care is delivered in the area.
With parts of England currently experiencing heatwave conditions, Rossendale residents are reminded to stay safe in any extreme heat and follow relevant health advice.
The Met Office has triggered a ‘Level 3’ alert in the North West to say a heatwave is now occurring. During a heatwave, when temperatures remain abnormally high over more than a couple of days, you may get dehydrated and your body may overheat.
People in Rossendale are being invited to join in and observe a national minute’s silence this morning (Monday, June 19) at 11am as a mark of respect for those who have lost their lives in the fire at Grenfell Tower, London.
Please mark the silence where it is most convenient for you.
Rossendale Council will hold a minute’s silence to remember those killed in the terrible events in London on Saturday.
Stuart Sugarman, Chief Executive of Rossendale Council, said: “The thoughts and sympathies of everyone at the Council are with the victims, their families and everyone caught up in the awful events on Saturday in London.
A special webcast taking place next week will promote upcoming volunteering opportunities in Rossendale.
Broadcasting live from Haslingden Community Link & Children’s Centre from 1 -3pm on Monday, June 5 the webcast will feature question and answer sessions with community groups; an opportunity to share volunteering experiences; a chance to ‘name and acclaim’ unsung local heroes as well as general information about volunteering.
People in Rossendale can now get easy access to the best-rated health apps available online.
A new and improved version of the ORCHA online platform has recently launched to help the thousands of people in the area who use apps every day to help manage health issues and medical conditions as well as to generally improve their health and wellbeing.
A Haslingden resident has been given an award for her work supporting those affected by cancer.
Carol James who volunteers for the East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen Macmillan Community Cancer Information and Support Service and is based at Burnley General Hospital, has been awarded Volunteer of the Year.
The award, on behalf of the East Lancashire Hospital Trust’s STAR Awards 2017, was for Carol’s work in supporting the establishment of the support service across the Burnley General Hospital site last year.
Stuart Sugarman, Chief Executive of Rossendale Council, said: “Our thoughts are with the victims of last night’s horrendous events and their families. It is shocking and sad news to wake up to especially as it took place so close to home. We will, of course, as a Council offer any support we can to anyone from our borough affected by these awful events as well offer our support to the people of Manchester at this terrible time.”
With excitement already building for the Northern Grip festival – an annual celebration of Mountain Bike culture coming to Lee Quarry and Stubbylee Park on July 8 and 9 – another mountain biking event happening in Rossendale is set to whet everyone’s appetites further.
The Hope/PMBA Enduro series Round 2 is set to take over Lee Quarry in Bacup on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 promising some high octane thrills and spills in the heart of the borough.
Our festival hub will be in the amazing Stubbylee Park – nestled at the foot of Lee Quarry this hidden northern gem of a Victorian park offers stunning spaces, woodland, cafe and perhaps most importantly an easy gateway to the thrills and rides we’ve got planned for the day. We’ll be taking over the rear of the park for the weekend bringing plenty of festival treats to add to the recently opened pump track
We’re excited to announce that we will now have camping and showers available ON SITE in Stubbylee Park for both Friday and Saturday nights.
The outgoing Mayor of Rossendale raised nearly £15,500 for his chosen charities during his year in office.
Councillor Granville Morris, who represents Greenfield, attended many mayoral engagements since taking on the role of the borough’s first citizen in May 2016.
Fundraising events throughout the year, organised by the Mayor, Mayoress and his Charity Committee, have included coffee mornings, afternoon teas, meal evenings, a fashion show, musical concerts and a Grand Prize Draw.
A former Rossendale Council employee who suffers from a rare muscle wasting condition will take part in a triathlon later this month to raise money for charity.
Muscular dystrophy sufferer Sean Spencer, 36, from Rawtenstall will take part in the Rossendale Triathlon on Sunday, May 28 in a relay team with two friends to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK – a charity which works to fight more than 60 muscle-weakening and wasting conditions.
Civic Pride Rossendale recently started a new project of creating yellow signs on the pavement in areas where dog fouling has been an ongoing problem. Early signs are good, in that the number of both unbagged and bagged and discarded faeces appear to have been reduced. This is obviously in line with our hopes and expectations but why does it work?
Whitworth was the scene for celebration recently with local people gathering to commemorate the best of the town.
The Mayor of Whitworth, Councillor Madeline De Souza, hosted the big celebration evening in April, with awards handed out to some of those who have contributed most to the local community.
The Riverside Centre, on Market Street, was the venue for the evening with a special red carpet laid on for guests who were treated to a hot buffet and entertainment from local singer and guitarist, Graham Shellard along with a special appearance from John Alexander, ‘the singing jeweller’.
The expansion of Rawtenstall Station is a step closer after the East Lancashire Railway appointed a major new partner.
Chair of ELR Mike Kelly announced on his blog that they had formed a partnership with Richard Shuttleworth from Equilibrium Architects to move the expansion of the station forward.
Mr Kelly also announced the appointment of Booth-King as structural engineers.The proposed £600,000 development of Rawtenstall Station will include a restored heritage station canopy, an extended Buffer Stops Bar, new toilet facilities and a brand new café and a possible education centre for local studies.
There’s now just one week to go until the county council elections on Thursday 4 May.
The elections will decide all 84 seats on the council.
The county council provides the majority of local government services in Lancashire including education, fostering and adoption, health and social care, cultural services, libraries and archives, registering births, deaths and marriages, recycling and highways and transport.
Adrian Smith, a Bacup-based father-of-three, is preparing to run 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, has previously visited Iraq and has seen for himself the suffering faced by many families following the invasion of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), which forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.
Bacup will be in a festive mood this Saturday, April 15 as the Bacup Easter Festival rolls into town.
The famous Britannia Coconut Dancers will be performing their annual ‘Boundary to Boundary’ dance and Bacup Market will be a hive of activity with lots of extra stalls selling local products, gifts and crafts.
The next phase of an exciting £2m project to refurbish some of Bacup’s most historical buildings has now begun.
The 5-year Townscape Heritage Initiative in Bacup aims to restore and refurbish shop fronts and building facades, bring vacant floor space back into use, reinstate architectural features, perform structural work as well as involve local residents in aspects of the restoration process.
A spokesman for Barnfield said: “We will be inspecting the building following on from the incident and small fire at the former Rawtenstall Town Hall extension building over the weekend so we can’t comment further at this stage.
“What we can say though is there have been a number of recent incidents involving youths breaching the security fence and entering the building.
You can have your say on plans to encourage more people to walk and cycle for everyday and leisure journeys in Lancashire.
Lancashire County Council and partners are developing a draft Cycling and Walking Strategy for Lancashire, which also covers the neighbouring areas of Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool. The strategy will shape local spending priorities aimed at developing Lancashire’s walking and cycling offer over the next ten years, building on the range of high quality walking and cycling routes which already offer excellent access to the county’s towns and cities and beautiful rural landscape.
NHS East Lancashire CCG is pleased to announce that following the 12 week consultation and feedback from patients received in summer 2016, a consortium of GP Provider Organisations, which are made up of local GP practices, are collaborating together to develop and deliver new models of extended GP services.
The models, being developed by GP Provider Organisations and the CCG, involving patients from the beginning, will offer extended access to GP services across East Lancashire.
Three grants have been awarded to Veterans In Communities to secure projects over the coming years.
Their long-term funder the East Lancashire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has
approved a further grant for two years – a total of £160,000 – while £8,000 has been agreed by ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity and £21,710 from Heywood Middleton and Rochdale Social
Rossendale Leisure Trust reports super school stats in its end of year report for the Rossendale School Sports Partnership.
The Leisure Trust continues to grow and the latest stats from the school sports partnership, run alongside the games organiser at Fearns School (Nathan Bibby), shows that it is now in England’s top 10 based on Schools Games Key Performance Indicators.
Each year the Overview and Scrutiny Committee chooses topics to include in the Annual Work Programme.
We welcome feedback from residents on what would be a good topic for the committee to look at. We are looking for things that affect you and your community. This could be something that is the Council’s responsibility, or the responsibility of one of our external partners.
Mayor and Leader join locals at the launch of new tourism work for Haslingden
The Mayor of Rossendale, Cllr Granville Morris joined the leader of Rossendale Council, Cllr Alyson Barnes and members of Haslingden Task Force for the launch of the new Haslingden branding, website and Town Trail on Tuesday 14th March at Haslingden Library.
Nomination packs for the forthcoming County Council elections will be available from Election Offices at Futures Park from 13 March 2017. If you would like a pack please contact our elections team and we will prepare the relevant documents for you.
Are you a good listener who is approachable and loves spending time with others?
The Rossendale Befriending Service aims to reduce social isolation for people and, if applicable, their partners or carers by arranging for a Volunteer Befriender to visit their home and provide some company.
Volunteer Befrienders are carefully selected and care is taken to match the needs and interests of the Befriendee.
Working with design company Osprey, Haslingden Task Force has developed a branding and website for the town with the strapline ‘Small Town Big Heart’ aimed at encouraging visitors to the town. The website www.visithaslingden.com and promotional materials including a flyer and town trail, will be launched on Tuesday 14th March at 4pm at Haslingden Library.
Local County Council elections are on Thursday 4 May, make sure you are registered to vote in order to have your say.
You will decide who represents you in at County Council and who makes decisions on the provision of local services delivered by Lancashire County Council.
You must be registered to be able to vote in the elections.
Lancashire Constabulary is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of using a mobile phone behind the wheel.
There are tough new penalties for those who flout the law. From next week, Wednesday 1 March 2017, new legislation comes into effect that means motorists who are caught using a mobile whilst driving will receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine, doubling the previous punishment.
Rossendale Council Officer’s work on night time noise nuisance sees positive results for a neighbour troubled by dog barking at night in Earby.
Environmental Health Officer at Rossendale Council work on out of hours noise nuisance calls through the night alongside fellow colleagues across Lancashire. Recently one such case resulted in a prosecution based on the work of our Officer.
Rossendale Borough Council, together with Civic Pride groups, are calling on the community to step up and be a local hero as part of the national Great British Spring Clean Event to celebrate where we live.
The Great British Spring Clean event is taking place 3rd-5th March and we would like you to get involved.
Breweries are being invited to put forward a proposal to brew an official Pennine Way beer!
The Pennine Way is Britain’s oldest National Trail and undoubtedly its best known walking route. Over the past 50 years people have been embarking on this 268 mile journey along the spine of England, from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders.
The REAL Directory community website is going from strength to strength and thanks to a grant from Rossendale Council the website is funded for the next 12 months.
The website, www.realtd.co.uk provides community information to people living or working in Rossendale and is now a significant source of information on community organisations and events in Rossendale.
Members of VIC were given five star treatment at the House of Lords as finalists in the national Soldiering On Awards.
The champagne reception, in a marquee on the embankment of the River Thames, was an opportunity to share the work of VIC with the five other finalists in the category Working Together and to meet some of the judges.
It is said that ‘love changes everything’ and with this sentiment, we would like your help in changing the mind-set of the small minority of irresponsible owners who fail to Bag it and Bin it, with the release of the Dogs Trust’s new video…
Along with the Dogs Trust, we are urging dog owners to make the ultimate declaration of love this Valentines by pledging to pick up after their dog, and sharing the video using #DogsTrustBigScoop.
Valley Heritage is a charitable organisation that works with communities and like minded partners to share and celebrate this rich heritage and bring our decaying historic buildings back to life for future generations to enjoy.
Their latest update newsletters (below) update on the work they’ve been involved in with the Bacup THI Project, Heritage Open Days, Waterside Mill in Bacup amongst others.
A Rossendale Company has been shortlisted for a prestigious international award – and it needs your help.
Arthouse Limited, which designs interior products such as wallpaper, wall art, mirrors and cushions, is in the running for a National Public Champions Awards, which are part the European Business Awards.
The company, which employs more than 70 people, will be battling with other UK businesses in a public vote.
Pump Track work starts to take place to progress the Masterplan
As part of the Stubbylee Masterplan, we carried out consultation in April 2016 as we looked to develop the Pump Track project. This is basically a bike track made out of moulded earth that is used to develop Rider’s skills.
Haslingden Task Force is working on two key projects to support the continued development of the town.
Rossendale Borough Council has provided £100,000 of funding through the Task Force to provide a catalyst to develop regeneration initiatives in Haslingden.
£50,000 has been allocated to the Shop Front Improvement Scheme through which business owners in the town centre can apply for grants for 50% of the cost of improving their shop front, up to a maximum of £2000.
Marketing Lancashire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Lancashire has announced the release of the Official Lancashire Visitor Magazine 2017.
At 146 pages the 2017 Lancashire Magazine is bigger than ever before and available at key attractions, gateways and information centres across the country. It is also available online at visitlancashire.com, the county’s official tourism website which enjoys 6 million page views a year.
Rosso held its first annual Long Service Awards Dinner at Sykeside Country Hotel, Haslingden, on Saturday 28 January 2017.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Rossendale. Cllr Granville Morris and his wife Susan were guests of honour and presented Long Service Certificates and gifts to 14 employees who between them have given a combined total of 400 years’ service to the Company and its predecessors.
The Mayor’s Charity Concert will be held on Friday March 3rd 2017 at St. Peter’s Church, Haslingden, commencing at 7.30pm.
All proceeds are in aid of the Mayor’s Charity Fund.
Both the Rossendale Male Voice Choir under the musical directorship of Matthew Thomas and the 2nd Rossendale Scout Group Band, under the musical directorship of Graham Helm are performing a Special Mayors Charity Concert to support this year’s Mayor Councillor Granville Morris, Mayors Charity Fund.
Rossendale residents and representatives of local community groups are invited to attend their local Neighbourhood Forum meeting to find out more about local services and activities and events in their area.
There are four Neighbourhood Forums in Rossendale covering Haslingden, Rawtenstall, Bacup and Whitworth. The Forums, which are open to all local residents, are informal community meetings to allow networking and information sharing and any agreed action points.
The latest round of the Rossendale Community Fund is now open for applications and local organisations are invited to apply for a grant from the Fund before the deadline of 21 February.
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 & young people engage in community activities and learning.
Public meeting will be held with the Commissioner to discuss and understand how crime is tackled in the area.
A public meeting will be held at the Council Chamber at Futures Park, Bacup at 7pm on Thursday 16th February to give residents the opportunity to ask Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, about how crime is tackled in the Bacup area.
Bacup Post Office will be modernised and is set for longer opening hours as part of The Post Office’s new investment scheme.
The Post Office will open a newly modernised “main” Post Office at 5 Burnley Road, Bacup, OL13 8AA.
Opening hours increased to 46 hours a week
Convenient, quick service, new modern layout
Banking services for personal customers and small businesses
Bill payment, banking, benefits and travel money
Postage, home shopping returns, Local Collect
Financial Services Advice
The service, which will launch at 1pm on Monday 30 January, will be provided from four serving positions, one modern screened, two open plan and a Post Office serving point for use at the retail counter, which is available during shop opening hours offering selected services.