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Eid event celebrates important local projects

Published on June 14, 2019 at 12:43 pm

A multi-cultural Eid celebration united families from the Syrian Project with users of an innovative council employability and wellbeing scheme.

There was a welcoming atmosphere in the community café at The Boo, in Waterfoot, as the diverse communities shared food, chatted and danced together.

Every Friday afternoon the café is used as a drop in by the Rossendale Council scheme Rossendale Works, which was set up in conjunction with Active Lancashire and is now funded by a grant from the Department of Work and Pensions.

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Council raises concerns about LCC’s housing and health services proposals

Published on June 13, 2019 at 9:45 am

Rossendale Council has expressed its concerns over proposals to end two vital services.

Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet meets today (Thursday, June 13) to discuss proposals to end the Lancashire Wellbeing Service and the Integrated Home Improvement Service.

Details of the services and also the proposals can be found here: [Link]

Responding to the proposals which are set to be agreed following a consultation, Councillor Steve Hughes, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Customer Services, said:

“Of course, we understand the county council is facing serious financial challenges and have to make tough decisions but we believe these proposed reductions in prevention services, if agreed, will create severe issues for some of our borough’s most vulnerable residents and will increase demand on the health and care services in the future.

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Final THI blog from the chair

Published on June 11, 2019 at 1:42 pm

So the £2m Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative has come to an end and I think most people will agree it has been a major boost to the town.

You just have to walk around Bacup to see the difference it has made. I have had many people come to speak to me or through Facebook saying the project has been a huge benefit to the town.

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GÜ dessert founder to headline borough’s premier celebration of business

Published on June 10, 2019 at 3:24 pm

James Averdieck, who founded the Gü dessert empire, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Rossendale Celebration of business event.

After a successful first event last year, Valley At Work and Rossendale Council have joined forces once again to put on an event to celebrate and support business in the borough.

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Special award for Haslingden town centre

Published on June 7, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Haslingden Town Centre has been now been confirmed as an area of special architectural or historic interest – helping to preserve its history.

The conservation area was developed and put out to public consultation in 2018. The Council’s cabinet approved the area before submitting it to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who confirmed the decision earlier this year.

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Council welcomes £81,000 sentence for builder’s planning breaches

Published on June 5, 2019 at 12:45 pm

A builder who repeatedly ignored Rossendale Council’s calls to restore land behind a former rural pub has been heavily fined.

The Council welcomed Preston Crown Court’s £81,699 fine for Stanley Ainsworth and Ribble Valley Luxury Homes Limited for ignoring a planning enforcement notice.

Ainsworth secured planning permission to convert the former Glory pub in Loveclough but he and his company breached Council planning regulations when he extended the rear boundary into the open countryside without the benefit of planning permission.

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Smart meters rolling out in Rossendale

Published on May 30, 2019 at 3:41 pm

Rossendale residents are being offered free smart meters to help look at cutting costs and becoming more energy efficient.

The smart meter rollout is a national programme across Great Britain.

Smart meters are being offered at no extra cost by major energy suppliers.

They are not compulsory, but are the next generation of gas and electricity meters and can help to identify situations where residents are using a lot of energy and might want to make changes to this.

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More good news for Rossendale as scheme expands

Published on May 22, 2019 at 3:44 pm

An innovative Rossendale employability project has been expanded thanks to a grant from the Department of Work and Pensions.

The Rossendale Council scheme – initially set up for a 12-month trial period in partnership with Active Lancashire – was so successful it has been expanded.

Rossendale Works helps people who are job ready to seek placements and employment.

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New cabinet announced and new mayor elected

Published on May 21, 2019 at 4:48 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has announced her new cabinet as councillors met for the first Council meeting of the municipal year.

Councillor Alyson Barnes was elected leader by fellow councillors at the meeting last Friday.

She appointed a new look Cabinet and announced new portfolios to better align with the Council’s priorities.

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Community event brings fun to Bacup this weekend

Published on May 20, 2019 at 4:39 pm

It’s fun for all at the free Bacup Community Weekend with great traditional activities.

Taking place on Saturday, 25th May at the AB&D Centre, St John’s Church and on Irwell Terrace, and Sunday, 26th May at Stubbylee Park, hall and greenhouses, the event offers something for everyone with a big range of activities.

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Council response to LCC recycling centre decision

Published on May 17, 2019 at 1:56 pm

Rossendale Council has expressed its disappointment about County’s decision to close Haslingden Household Waste Recycling Centre for two days a week. 

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet has also agreed proposals to change opening times to 9am – 5pm all year round.

Responding to the decision, Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio holder for Operations, said:

As a Council, we are very disappointed about this decision.

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Council crackdown on people dumping rubbish on streets

Published on May 16, 2019 at 3:22 pm

A fine of more than £2,422 was given to a Bacup man found guilty of leaving waste outside his house.

Nicholas Turner, of Springfield Avenue, Bacup, was found guilty of failing to remove bags of rubbish, furniture and wood from outside his home, which had the potential to attract rats and vermin, and also of failing to take all necessary action to prevent new accumulations of rubbish between 25th October 2018 and 20th December 2018.

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Great British Spring Clean round-up

Published on May 16, 2019 at 9:40 am

The Great British Spring Clean might be done for another year but the memories of Rossendale residents’ contributions remain fresh.

The national initiative, organised by Keep Britain Tidy, took place from March 22- April 23 across the UK and challenged people to join forces with community organisations, businesses and the Council to collect and safely dispose of litter from Rossendale’s streets and parks, recycling as much as possible.

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Play area in Bacup to be transformed this summer

Published on May 15, 2019 at 10:27 am

Moorlands play area is undergoing a £130,000 transformation.

The play area in Stubbylee Park will include fantastic new equipment including a jungle climber, five-way swing, scooter roundabout, music cottage, wizard’s hideaway and a cradle seat swing.

Rossendale Borough Council worked with Bacup Pride to secure £30,000 from Lancashire Environment Fund and £80,000 from Viridor for the project.

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Council praises local company

Published on May 14, 2019 at 4:31 pm

A local Haslingden company has won a prestigious Queen’s Award for enterprise.

Firesafe Fire Rated Ductwork Limited picked up the award for outstanding continuous growth in overseas sales over the last six years.

Find out more about the win here.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of Rossendale Council, said:

I’m absolutely delighted for the all the staff at Firesafe.

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Council tax reminder messages

Published on May 13, 2019 at 4:03 pm

From this week (w/c Monday, May 13), text reminders sent out by Rossendale Council about missed council tax payments are changing.

The new messages will be longer, more detailed and may be sent as voice messages as well as text or email.

The messages are an additional step in advance of having to issue a statutory ‘red letter’ reminder.

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Family fun day this weekend

Published on May 2, 2019 at 12:33 pm

Bounce into the bank holiday with an afternoon out at the Mayor of Rossendale’s charity family fun day this weekend.

Taking place on Sunday, May 5th from 12-4pm at the South Shore playing fields at St Mary’s Community Sports Club, the event promises fun for all the family.

Activities will include a children’s fancy dress competition, cowboy camp, bouncy castle, raffle, lucky dip and a veteran’s live museum.

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Last chance to win £50 of Amazon vouchers

Published on April 30, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Residents across Pennine Lancashire are being asked to exercise their fingers and take part in a new online survey.

As well as helping shape how up to £10m of Sport England is spent locally, participants will be in the running for one of 10 £50 Amazon vouchers.

But, there’s just hours to go with the deadline being today, Tuesday, April 30.

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European Elections: what you need to know

Published on April 30, 2019 at 2:15 pm

The European Parliament Elections which will take place on Thursday, May 23.

More than five million people across North West England, including Rossendale, will have the opportunity to vote in these elections to select the region’s eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs.)

Verification, or official checking, of the votes will take place on Friday 24 May and the count and results announcement will take place on Sunday 26 May after polls close across Europe.

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Update on travellers who recently stopped at Futures Park

Published on April 17, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Over the past few days, we have had a few queries from residents and the local media about travellers who stopped at Futures Park recently. We have also have been asked for an update on the emerging local plan and the gypsy and traveller transit site.

After the travellers moved off site a full clean-up operation was organised for Thursday, April 11 as per our normal processes.

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Bacup set for spring clean as part of national event

Published on April 15, 2019 at 11:14 am

Do you want to join in the country’s biggest-ever spring clean and help make Rossendale tidy?

Volunteers are being sought to blitz Bacup in a community clean-up as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

Taking place this Wednesday, April 17 from 10am-1pm the clean-up and planting day will see volunteers tackle the area from Alma Road to Industrial Street.

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Pet grooming shop owner fined over £1,300 following the death of a dog

Published on April 10, 2019 at 11:55 am

A Rossendale man has been found guilty of eight offences after his boarding establishment for dogs was found to be in breach of licensing rules and for running a boarding establishment without the necessary licence.

Richard Coop pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the conditions of his licence for home boarding under the Animal Establishments Act of 1963 as well as operating a further boarding establishment without the authority of a licence and was ordered to pay a £315 fine, £1,000 in costs and a victim surcharge of £31.

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Free training on food allergies

Published on April 4, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Food and drink businesses in Rossendale are being invited to attend a free training course on food allergies.

Rossendale Council is hosting the two-hour long sessions in the Council Chamber at Futures Park, Bacup.

Delivered by environmental health officers, the sessions are designed to give Rossendale businesses confidence and reassurance when it comes to serving customers.

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Help the Council’s scrutiny committee develop their work programme

Published on April 3, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Each year, it is the responsibility of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to select suitable topics for inclusion and consideration for its the annual work programme. Deciding the topics for the year is a key aspect of the overview and scrutiny process.

The aim of overview and scrutiny is to add value to the work of the Council and produce worthwhile outcomes for local people.

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Latest Civic Pride blog

Published on March 28, 2019 at 3:02 pm

A lot of interest is being shown in the Great British Spring Clean between March 22nd and April 23rd and Civic Pride Rossendale welcome anything that highlights the scourge of litter and inspires people to roll up their sleeves and get picking!

Civic Pride volunteers are out there 365 days a year clearing our streets and open spaces so, in addition to organising their own mass litter pick, they’re helping out with two others as well.

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Crackdown on Rossendale law breakers

Published on March 28, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Rossendale Council’s public protection team has successfully brought prosecutions against several people accused of various crimes recently.

Two residents were prosecuted and fined for abandoning cars in Rossendale in separate incidents.

Daniel Barry of Crawshawbooth and Lauren Anderson of Whitworth were found guilty in their absence at Burnley Magistrates and were ordered to pay over £1,000 each.

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Rawtenstall station redevelopment underway

Published on March 27, 2019 at 11:43 am

Rossendale Council has welcomed progress on the redevelopment of Rawtenstall Station.

Diggers moved in this week to begin work on building a new canopy which will eventually span the entire length and width of the station buildings. East Lancashire Railway says the £600,000 development will see

Rawtenstall Station redeveloped to ‘provide enhanced facilities for not only visitors to the East Lancashire Railway but the local community too’.

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Leader welcomes multi-million pound Sport England boost

Published on March 25, 2019 at 4:01 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has welcomed more good news for the borough as it was announced Pennine Lancashire is to benefit from potentially up to £10m in funding to help more people be physically active.

Last year Pennine Lancashire, which Rossendale is part of, was successful in being named as one of 12 pilot areas to work with Sports England to develop bold new approaches to build healthier, more active communities.

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Council publishes vision for Bacup as bid is submitted to government for future high street funding

Published on March 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

A new vision for Bacup, shaped by residents and businesses, has been published.

Bacup 2040 Vision has been used as a basis of a bid for the Future High Street Fund, which the Council confirmed it was applying for last month.

More than £2m of investment has been brought into the town already through the Bacup  Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) fund.

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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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Rail link ‘on track’ as planning group set up

Published on March 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm

A steering group will lead on the planning and delivery of the proposed commuter rail link from Rossendale to Manchester, with stops along the way at Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom, Bury and Heywood.

The Valley City Link group brings together MPs Jake Berry, Liz McInnes and James Frith; representatives from Rossendale, Bury, Rochdale and Lancashire County Councils; Transport for Greater Manchester; Greater Manchester and East Lancashire Chambers of Commerce and local business leaders.

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Pioneering scheme to get people back into work hailed a success

Published on March 14, 2019 at 4:50 pm

A pioneering Rossendale project that has helped 25 people back into work could become a blueprint for a Lancashire-wide scheme.

Plans are now being drawn up that could see Rossendale Works being replicated in other boroughs.

Employability Officer Paul Becouarn is employed by Active Lancashire and delivers the project on behalf of Rossendale Council.

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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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Council announces Rawtenstall market partnership plans

Published on March 12, 2019 at 5:31 pm

Rossendale Council has announced plans for an exciting partnership to rejuvenate Rawtenstall market.

In papers published today, the Council has outlined plans which will see the owners of the very successful Clog Market take on the management of Rawtenstall Market.

Speaking about the announcement, Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, said:

“We want to see all our markets be vibrant, colourful and bustling, venues that bring in local people as well as shoppers from far and wide.

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Civic Pride latest blog: Tackling river rubbish

Published on March 12, 2019 at 2:52 pm

The first Sunday in March saw an enthusiastic team of Civic Pride volunteers donning wellies, waders and hi vis jackets to remove some of the detritus that had been thrown into the Rivers Irwell and Limey Water where they meet to the side of B&M Bargains in Rawtenstall.

In addition to five shopping trollies, a chair and lots of other items, 12 bags were also filled with smaller items. 

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Council statement on parking in Rawtenstall

Published on March 11, 2019 at 4:25 pm

We are aware of rumours circulating on social media that Rossendale Council has put together a secret plan for parking in Rawtenstall. We wanted to address those rumours.

No secret plan for parking has been put together. As our leader Councillor Alyson Barnes said in February, we are developing a broader parking strategy, which will be shaped and influenced by a cross party working group and which will be undertaken in consultation with traders groups and the community partnership.

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Council welcomes leisure partnership announcement

Published on March 11, 2019 at 4:17 pm

Rossendale Council has welcomed news that Rossendale Leisure Trust and Community Leisure Association of Whitworth have agreed a new partnership.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, said:

“We welcome this announcement and look forward to continue to work with both organisations. We will continue to support the partnership by providing back office assistance such as payroll, IT and transaction services.”

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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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Ceremony marks progress on bus station

Published on March 5, 2019 at 6:01 pm

Partners signed the steel of the new Rawtenstall bus station to mark progress on the multi-million pound development.

Representatives from Rossendale Council, developers Barnfield and Transdev each took turns to leave goodwill messages on the frame of the new bus station.

Transdev has committed to using the new bus station.

Work on the station, funded by the Council, Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, is due to finish in early summer.

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Councillors agree Haslingden match funding

Published on March 1, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Rossendale Council has agreed to ring fence £160,000 to support Haslingden town centre as a fresh bid for funding is prepared.

Working with the recently re-established Haslingden Taskforce, the Council is preparing a bid for Heritage Funding.

A bid was made last year but while unsuccessful, the Council received many positive comments and has been encouraged to submit a further one this year.

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Fountain renovation given green light

Published on February 27, 2019 at 7:34 pm

Councillors on Rossendale Council’s Development Control Committee have approved plans to install a lighting feature on Bacup Coronation fountain.

As part of efforts to improve the town and thanks to the £2m injection through the Townscape Heritage Initiative, the Council is looking to renovate the fountain.

Now planning permission has been granted, work on the fountain will begin shortly.

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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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Council announces new funding bids for Haslingden and Bacup

Published on February 21, 2019 at 4:18 pm

Councillors are set to agree to ring fence nearly £200,000 to support Haslingden town centre as a fresh bid for funding is prepared.

Working with the recently re-established Haslingden Taskforce, Rossendale Council is preparing a bid for Heritage Funding.

A bid was made last year and while unsuccessful, the Council received many positive comments and has been encouraged to submit a further one this year.

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New video lifts lid on planning enforcement

Published on February 21, 2019 at 11:12 am

Find out more about the vital work of the Council’s planning enforcement team in this new video.

Planning enforcement is a vitally important area of work for the Council.

Issues are dealt with in the first instance by education and negotiation, however direct action can and will be taken to remove unlawful development and prosecute offenders when deemed necessary, as in this recent case.

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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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Council supports Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

Published on February 14, 2019 at 1:48 pm

Rossendale Council is joining forces with national and local organisations to support Fuel Poverty Awareness Day taking place this Friday, February 15.

The national day of recognition is designed to highlight the problems faced by those struggling to keep warm in their homes and all the work being undertaken to tackle the issue.

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Historic town hall officially re-opened after renovation works

Published on February 13, 2019 at 2:32 pm

The Deputy Leader of Rossendale Council, Cllr Christine Lamb, re-opened Rawtenstall’s renovated town hall last week.

New tenants, Together Housing, welcomed Council officials along with guests from the Rossendale Together Barnfield Partnership to attend the ribbon cutting and tour the building.

Together Housing will use the space to deliver important front-line services across Rossendale.

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Council sends Rossendale tree felling warning

Published on February 12, 2019 at 2:48 pm

People are being urged to get permission before felling trees on their land, after prosecutions were brought by Rossendale Council against two men for removing trees with a value of around £22,000.

Land owner Matthew Cook appeared at Burnley Magistrates Court on Thursday, February 7 and pleaded guilty to felling 6 trees in a Cloughfold conservation area in August 2018.

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Council update on Future High Streets Fund bid

Published on February 11, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Rossendale Council has confirmed it is considering putting forward one of its town centres for recently announced government funding.

£675m is available nationally to help town centres adapt to the changes in the way people shop and use them.

There is strict criteria. Government have confirmed it is only for town centres that are facing significant challenges.

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Council leader delighted premier mountain biking event returns to borough

Published on February 7, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Northern Grip, a premier mountain biking festival, which attracts hundreds of people from across the country to the borough, is returning to Rossendale.

Commenting on the news, Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, said:

“I am delighted Northern Grip will take place in Stubbylee Park and Lee Quarry again.

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Council leader statement on parking in Rossendale

Published on February 5, 2019 at 4:44 pm

There has been a few concerns raised about parking in the borough over recent weeks.

Responding to the concerns, Council leader Alyson Barnes said:

“I fully understand concerns over parking in Rawtenstall and also the wider borough. Good availability of parking spaces is one of the key reasons people decide to come to a place and spend money and time in a centre.

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Council leader responds to transport plan publication

Published on February 4, 2019 at 1:25 pm

Rossendale Council’s leader Alyson Barnes has expressed disappointment that Rossendale to Manchester rail link is not listed as a priority project in Transport for the North’s strategic transport plan (STP).

Last week, Transport for the North published its Strategic Transport Plan (STP) and investment programme.

A rail link for Rossendale is included in the plan but on a list of possible interventions after 2027.

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Council outlines budget proposals for 2019/20

Published on February 1, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Rossendale Council has outlined its budget plans for the coming year as it continues its efforts to balance the books.

Over the last few years, the Council has been hit by significant cuts to its central government grants.

It has meant the Council has had to generate additional income locally, mainly through increased business rates and Council tax revenue.

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Alpine café culture comes to The Hill

Published on January 31, 2019 at 12:38 pm

A little bit of Switzerland has come to Rossendale with the opening of the café bistro at The Hill – the Home of Ski Rossendale.

The development at the former Council-owned slope has led to a café and a rooftop terrace offering seating for 94 people in total with stunning views of the slopes and the hills.

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Leader marks day to remember genocide victims

Published on January 27, 2019 at 9:57 am

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place today and is a chance for people across the world to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of people killed under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in CambodiaRwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Marking the day, Council leader Alyson Barnes said:

“Today is a day that reminds us where hatred can lead if it remains unchecked.

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Council backs credit unions

Published on January 23, 2019 at 4:38 pm

Rossendale Council is encouraging anyone who lives or works in the borough to borrow through credit unions instead of high interest money lender sites.

Credit unions are community savings and loan cooperatives, where members pool their savings to lend to one another. They are organisations that are run by their members for the benefit of the members.

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Join fun and historic walk around beautiful Bacup

Published on January 22, 2019 at 3:19 pm

Invites are open to all to take part in a walk around Bacup on Saturday, 26th January.

The walk will discover why settlers chose this corner of the valley and the social and economic evolution of Bacup to the present day. There will also be a chance to find out more about the Forest of Rossendale, the pack horse routes and much more.

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Change your life and download the Sugar Smart app today

Published on January 16, 2019 at 11:28 am

Local health commissioners, NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG, are urging local residents to sign up for a free NHS app which tells them the sugar content of food and drink.

The Sugar Smart app, part of the national Change4Life campaign, has been launched by Public Health England (PHE) in a bid to combat obesity and encourage families to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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Travellers vacate LCC land near Futures Park  

Published on January 16, 2019 at 10:57 am

Rossendale Council has issued the following update:

The travellers moved off site on Tuesday, January 15th due to impending legal action and a full clean-up operation has now been organised.

They have moved to private land elsewhere in the borough and we have been in touch with the landowners to make them aware and offer advice and assistance.

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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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Statement on Tesco Rawtenstall

Published on January 11, 2019 at 4:37 pm

Rossendale Council has been working with Department of Works and Pensions and in contact with Tesco since news broke that the Rawtenstall store was closing and to be replaced by a Jack’s.

The store is due to close on January 13 with 175 jobs affected.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, said:

“It was very sad that Tesco will be closing at the end of this week.

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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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THI Chair welcomes new business to Bacup

Published on January 7, 2019 at 3:53 pm

After eight months of renovation a historic Bacup building has been given a new lease of life with the opening of Valley Denture Clinic.

Weir residents Kevin and Janet Abbott had been trading in Littleborough, but when they saw the improvements being made to the town centre as part of Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative, they knew the town was on the up and decided to look for premises nearer to home.

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Blog: a new volunteer for Civic Pride

Published on January 3, 2019 at 4:24 pm

Happy New Year.

Civic Pride are constantly recruiting new volunteers and consequently we keep a range of hi-vis vests and jackets available in a range of sizes but when Colin joined we had to rethink our strategy.  Colin is the border collie, a rescue dog who won’t let owner Mike (holding the lead) out his sight and is a regular addition to the Thursday morning team sessions!

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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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Merry Christmas from the leader

Published on December 24, 2018 at 10:45 am

The end of the year is approaching so I wanted to reflect on the last year and also look forward to 2019.

In many ways, it’s been a tough year for the Council but we have achieved a lot and I hope many people agree with me that the borough is in a better shape than it was at the start of the year.

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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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Spinning Point further update

Published on December 19, 2018 at 2:16 pm

Over the last few days and following our latest update, the Council has received a number of questions from residents. We have released the following statement addressing some of the points:

There has been a lot of debate about the borrowing to help fund this multi-million pound scheme, much of it inaccurate especially around financial information.

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Enforcement notice success for Council

Published on December 19, 2018 at 10:21 am

A developer’s prompt action in complying with an enforcement notice has been welcomed by Rossendale Council.

In November, the Council issued a notice to Heron Homes which is converting a former church in Edenfield to apartments.

A condition of the planning application being approved was for the developer to retain the stained glass windows at the front of the church.

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Exciting new plans to expand an award-winning cultural venue have been unveiled

Published on December 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm

 

New visuals have been released as part of the submission of a planning application outlining the Whitaker’s expansion plans.

If the application is approved, the scheme will double the size of the museum, gallery, events and restaurant space, converting the current underused stables and barn area. The proposals also include an extensive list of community engagement activities, events and workshop space

The Council has been working closely with the Whitaker community interest company on the scheme since the company was successful in securing an initial £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which the Council match funded, for a first stage development grant.

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Council welcomes Lancashire business rates announcement

Published on December 17, 2018 at 10:32 am

Lancashire has been selected as one of a number of areas to take part in a national pilot allowing councils including Rossendale to retain 75 per cent of growth in business rates.

Rossendale Council welcomed the news.

Andrew Walmsley, Portfolio Holder for Resources, said:

“Although only for 2019/20, this is good news for us as it will help provide a bit more financial stability for the councils involved.

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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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Business leaders back rail link bid

Published on December 14, 2018 at 10:10 am

Business leaders gave their backing to a bid to reinstate a commuter rail link between Rossendale, Manchester, Rochdale and beyond.

At the meeting of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (ELCC) Rossendale Business Leaders at AG6 in Rawtenstall, an update on the progress made by Rossendale Council and its partners was given.

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Spinning Point update

Published on December 13, 2018 at 3:55 pm

Following last night’s [Wednesday, December 12] full Council meeting, Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, released an update on Spinning Point:

In the summer, the Council agreed in principle our vision for Spinning Point phase two. Since then, members from all political parties have been looking in detail at the proposals to make sure what we were proposing was actually deliverable and was backed by firm evidence.

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New jobs, investment and transport planned as Council launches ambitious new strategy

Published on December 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Ambitious new plans to boost Rossendale’s economy have been unveiled as Rossendale Council announces its new economic development strategy.

The strategy is designed to create new jobs, bring in investment, improve transport links, deliver big projects and develop the borough’s town centres.

What the strategy means for Rossendale:

  • Private sector investment in Rossendale’s town centres, from employment sites and residential development worth £550m
  • Over £200m public sector investment in rail and road infrastructure
  • Creation of 1600 new jobs, with more than 800 new jobs in growth sectors
  • Achieving greater prosperity for all by raising income levels
  • Increasing the business rate base on undeveloped and under-utilised sites

The new strategy is the culmination of hard work across the borough and beyond to bring about sustainable economic growth, generate opportunities for investment and create new jobs locally.

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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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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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Rossendale railway ‘on track’ for Manchester link

Published on December 4, 2018 at 3:37 pm

A commuter rail link between Rossendale and Manchester could be on track after a study found the route was ‘feasible and cost effective’.

Rossendale Council leader Councillor Alyson Barnes and officers, along with MPs and business leaders from across the rail route, met with Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry in London to update him on the findings of the early strategic case for rail investment.

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Leader hails Small Business Saturday

Published on December 3, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Councillor Alyson Barnes has expressed her delight at Rossendale’s involvement in Small Business Saturday, which took place on Saturday, December 1.

The national yearly grassroots campaign highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’.

On the day, Rossendale Council issued a series of short videos featuring some of the best local small traders describing what they do and why it’s important to back small business.

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Residents’ views sought on Rossendale town centres

Published on November 30, 2018 at 2:42 pm

Would you like to have your say on the present and future of two of the borough’s town centres?

Two new surveys are asking for residents’ views.

The first is asking for feedback on Bacup town centre and THI works.

Complete the Bacup survey here

The second is focussed on Haslingden town centre and complements recent information sessions held at the town’s library

Complete the Haslingden survey here

 

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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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Crackdown on littering and dog fouling starts next week

Published on November 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm

A 12-month trial to tackle people who blight the borough starts next week.

This will see private enforcement officers from the firm District Enforcement issuing on-the-spot fines for littering, dog fouling and flytipping from Monday, December 3.

Two 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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Happy Lancashire Day

Published on November 27, 2018 at 6:02 pm

Today, people in Rossendale have been marking Lancashire Day, the annual event to celebrate the great red rose county.

The leader of the Council, Councillor Alyson Barnes, released the following statement to mark the day:

“Happy Lancashire day everyone. Lancashire is a very special place but I firmly believe Rossendale is the most special of all the boroughs in this beautiful county.

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Leader looks forward to Westminster visit to discuss rail link

Published on November 22, 2018 at 11:20 am

Members of Parliament whose constituencies cover Rossendale, Bury and Heywood areas are set to receive a briefing about plans for a rail link to Rossendale at a special session next week.

Following a request by Rossendale Council, Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry is hosting a reception for MPs at Westminster to discuss the rail link.

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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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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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Statement on County Council’s household waste recycling centre proposals

Published on November 15, 2018 at 9:48 am

Rossendale Council has released the following statement regarding latest proposals on household waste recycling centres being considered by Lancashire County Council.

The proposal is for the centre in Haslingden to close two days a week and opening hours changed to 9am to 5pm.

Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Operations, said:

“We are very worried about this proposal.

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Leader praises borough’s remembrance

Published on November 12, 2018 at 5:26 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has praised the community spirit in the borough as hundreds of people gathered at services to remember the fallen.

Events were held across Rossendale to commemorate Remembrance Sunday and mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Councillor Alyson Barnes said:

“Lots of people and community groups have been involved in making sure the borough’s  events to mark this important occasion ran smoothly.

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Council leader welcomes rail link news

Published on November 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm

Council leader Councillor Alyson Barnes has welcomed news that Transport for the North are actively considering plans to restore Rossendale’s rail link.

The development, revealed on November 8, follows the Council and Lancashire County Council jointly commissioning a rail link study to explore the early strategic case for investment in a rail link.

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Rawtenstall centenary beacon

Published on November 8, 2018 at 9:46 am

People are invited to attend a beacon-lighting service in Rawtenstall Cemetery to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Rossendale Council’s communities team has worked with Rev Chris Casey from St Mary’s Church, Rawtenstall, and members of the community to organise the event on November 11.

The location is particularly appropriate as the war memorial in the cemetery, erected in September 1915, is the earliest known community war memorial to be built during the First World War.

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Rossendale remembers

Published on November 7, 2018 at 11:08 am

Beacons will be lit in Rossendale to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The beacons at Rawtenstall Cemetery and on the hillside at Whitworth are among more than 1,000 which will be lit around the country at 7pm on November 11.

They symbolise the end of the darkness of war and the return to the light of peace, and are part of the national Battle’s Over commemorations.

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