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Latest news listings for Rossendale Council.

Transformation of the Whitaker takes a step forward

Published on May 29, 2020 at 3:37 pm

An exciting £1.9million National Lottery-funded transformation of The Whitaker in Rawtenstall will begin in June after local firm B&E Boys was awarded the contract.

The project which includes converting the former barn and stables is being delivered by Rossendale Borough Council in partnership with the Whitaker CIC and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund with matched funding of £189,950 from the council.

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Council receives funding to help reopen its high streets safely

Published on May 29, 2020 at 10:33 am

Rossendale Council is set to receive more than £60,000 to help reopen its high streets safely.

Local authorities are to be given funding from the government to put in safety measures to help reopen high streets and commercial sectors.

The leader of the Council has welcomed the funding however has once again highlighted that overall the money from government to cover costs of dealing with COVID-19 is simply not enough.

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Council backs fire and water safety plea

Published on May 27, 2020 at 2:34 pm

Rossendale Council is urging residents to follow Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service advice on wildfires water safety during the hot weather.

Following government announcements that some lockdown rules have been relaxed, LFRS reminded residents of the dangers of wildfires and open swimming.

The advice can be found here.

Councillor Steve Hughes, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Customers, said:

“The basics in this next phase of lockdown has not changed – stay at home as much as possible but if you do go out make sure you practice social distancing.

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Council leader looks forward to further government talks on rail link

Published on May 27, 2020 at 12:42 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has welcomed the government’s offer of further talks over restoring a rail link for Rossendale.

Rossendale Council submitted an application to the Restoring Your Railway fund based on its early strategic case for investment for a commuter link between Rossendale and Manchester, with stops along the way at Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom, Bury and Heywood.

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Happy Eid from the leader of the Council

Published on May 23, 2020 at 10:22 am

The Leader of Rossendale Council has wished a Happy Eid to all those celebrating in the coming days.

The Muslim festival which follows the holy month of Ramadan will take place this coming Sunday.

Usually a time for family gatherings and congregational prayers, this year’s Eid will be very different due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Civic Pride blog: We’re back

Published on May 20, 2020 at 2:34 pm

Civic Pride Rossendale (CPR) are back!  Expect to see our willing volunteers in their hi-vis jackets across the town over the coming weeks as we start to clear the litter and undo a lot of what nature has been doing to our wonderful community gardens.

We’re strictly following government guidelines by working singly or in pairs but with social distancing firmly in place which means you won’t see us in a group on a Thursday morning until things improve. 

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Government guidance on workplace opening

Published on May 20, 2020 at 12:20 pm

The Government has announced that certain business and workplaces are now able to open.

It has published guidance for employers to help them get their businesses re-opened in some form and to keep workplaces operating safely.

The full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

The guidance applies to businesses currently open and the additional businesses which can open from Wednesday, May 13th, which are: garden centres and some outdoor sports facilities such as golf courses.

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Stay safe and social distance at parks, residents urged

Published on May 19, 2020 at 4:52 pm

People are being urged to stay safe and stick to social distancing rules when using Rossendale parks and green spaces.

Rossendale Council kept the parks open since lockdown measures were introduced so people could use them to exercise daily.

Now residents can go out to exercise more often, the Council is urging park users to keep to strict social distancing rules.

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Leader urges government to provide more financial aid

Published on May 19, 2020 at 2:46 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council is once again urging the government to fully reimburse the cost of dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Council has received emergency funding, that while welcome, does not fully make up for the loss of income or the additional cost incurred in responding and recovering from the emergency.

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Business grant money still available

Published on May 19, 2020 at 10:31 am

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

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

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

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Artist being sought for Haslingden heritage project

Published on May 19, 2020 at 8:27 am

Rossendale Council is looking for an artist to lead an exciting community led project as part of exciting new plans for Haslingden.

The town is in the running for National Lottery Heritage funding and the Council is looking to appoint an artist to develop public art proposals for the Big Light project.

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Take part in travelling the virtual mile

Published on May 18, 2020 at 4:51 pm

Rossendale residents are being encouraged to get out and with run or walk a mile as part of a two-week health challenge.

This week should have been one of the borough’s biggest fitness events of the year – the primary school cross country championships.

Sadly, the event has been postponed because of the on-going coronavirus emergency but the organisers are challenging the borough to part in a virtual mile competition instead.

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Coronavirus testing in Rossendale

Published on May 15, 2020 at 5:16 pm

A temporary testing facility for Coronavirus will be heading to Marl Pits Leisure Centre on Newchurch Road in Rawtenstall.

Testing will be taking place from tomorrow (Saturday 16 May) to Monday 18 May.

The Lancashire Resilience Forum wants people to be aware that appointments are required to attend and people must not just turn up.

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Leader proud of Council’s COVID-19 response

Published on May 15, 2020 at 3:04 pm

Newly released figures show how the Council has been delivering essential services, protecting the vulnerable and supporting businesses during the coronavirus crisis.

Figures for the period March 25 to May 1, show the Council supported 80 families at risk of becoming homeless, dealt with more than 2000 calls from residents, dealt with more than a hundred fly-tipping incidents and contacted nearly 2000 of the borough’s most vulnerable residents through Rossendale Connected.

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Short film shared to warn young people of image sharing dangers

Published on May 14, 2020 at 4:16 pm

A film created to warn young people of image-sharing dangers is being shared to help educators and parents open up conversations about the issue during the Covid-19 crisis.

As young people are spending more time online during the pandemic the film has now been made available to be viewed more widely and can be accessed on online platform vimeo.

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Council leader responds to decision not to reopen Haslingden recycling centre

Published on May 13, 2020 at 3:27 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has asked Lancashire County Council to rethink its decision to keep the recycling centre in Haslingden closed despite others in the county reopening.

Councillor Alyson Barnes said she welcomed news county were reopening centres but said she was left very disappointed when it was confirmed Rossendale”s one would not be among them.

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Coronavirus update: Strict social distancing still needed

Published on May 12, 2020 at 9:06 am

Coronavirus has had a terrible toll on us all in this borough. But we are a resilient folk in Rossendale. And as a borough, we have responded magnificently to this awful virus.

Everyone has played their part in limiting the spread of the virus, protecting the NHS and keeping people safe  – by staying at home, by strictly social  distancing when out, by volunteering to help and by keeping an eye out on vulnerable neighbours.

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Pioneering employment project back up and running

Published on May 7, 2020 at 2:53 pm

A pioneering employability programme of projects that has helped more than 60 people in Rossendale back into work has adapted to the challenges brought by COVID-19 by moving online.

Rossendale Works and Futures are Rossendale Council projects, which from May 1 is being funded by European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) as part of the More Positive Together Project.

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Nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service now open

Published on May 6, 2020 at 5:20 pm

Nominations from community or voluntary groups in Rossendale are being sought for the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The award, described as an MBE for charities and community groups, recognises outstanding work done by groups in their own communities.

Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award.

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Council leader joins calls for council Covid-19 funding

Published on May 6, 2020 at 2:33 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council is joining other Lancashire local authorities in calling for the Government to reassure them they will be fully  reimbursed for the cost of dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak.​

Earlier this week, the Government announced a second allocation of money for Lancashire to support the efforts being made to keep residents, especially the most vulnerable, safe and protected.

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Leader welcomes LCC’s recycling centre update

Published on May 5, 2020 at 5:21 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has welcomed Lancashire County Council’s latest update on reopening the borough’s recycling centre in Haslingden.

Lancashire County Council has announced it is putting plans in place to reopen the centres but no firm details have been outlined yet.

Councillor Alyson Barnes said:

“A lot of residents have raised with me that they feel Haslingden recycling centre should be open especially as there appears to be a rise in flytipping.

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Civic Pride latest blog: Isle of Man comes to the borough

Published on May 4, 2020 at 5:37 pm

So what do Civic Pride Rossendale volunteers get up to during the lockdown?  Gardening, spring cleaning, catching up on their reading?  All these things for sure but Mike and Moira Speechley had other ideas!

As keen bikers they were booked to go on a charity ride in the Isle of Man – dressed as Evel Knievel!  

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Join in VE Day with stay at home street parties

Published on May 4, 2020 at 1:11 pm

Residents in Rossendale are being invited to join in with a ‘stay at home street party’ to commemorate 75 years since VE Day.

Due to the coronavirus lockdown, plans to mark the anniversary across the borough have had to be cancelled.

But leader of the council, Councillor Alyson Barnes, hopes the residents will celebrate at home with bunting, afternoon tea and a doorstep sing-a-long.

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Virtual support for students applying for college, university or apprenticeships

Published on April 30, 2020 at 1:15 pm

Lancashire colleges and universities are using the latest technology to help young people and adults to make the right choice about their future education and training ahead of the start of the new academic year in September.

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, colleges, universities and other education providers across the county, including school sixth forms, are working hard to ensure that individuals can find out about the fantastic education, training and apprenticeship opportunities that are available locally.

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Borough to pay tribute to fallen key workers

Published on April 28, 2020 at 8:27 am

Rossendale Council will pay tribute to key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus by holding a minute’s silence at 11am today.

Council leader Councillor Alyson Barnes hopes all residents in the borough will take part in a silence to remember all those key workers who have died during the pandemic.

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Community hub helps dozens of vulnerable residents

Published on April 27, 2020 at 1:48 pm

Rossendale’s community hub is being accessed by scores of residents across the borough who need support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rossendale Connected is a multi-agency partnership linking different organisations to support vulnerable residents who are self-isolating or shielding during the pandemic and need assistance

One of the users of the hub in Chris Worswick, 74, from Bacup, who has Parkinson’s which puts her in the vulnerable group so her husband is not allowed to leave the house.

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Business thanks for grants

Published on April 24, 2020 at 4:02 pm

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

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

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

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Council leader wishes borough a Happy St George’s Day

Published on April 23, 2020 at 9:05 am

The leader of Rossendale Council is wishing everyone a Happy St George’s Day.

Councillor Alyson said in a statement to mark the day:

“l want to wish everyone a Happy Saint George’s Day and hope everyone can find some  time to mark the day at home.

“I think it also appropriate to mark the day by once again paying tribute to our country’s brave and dedicated key workers – our doctors, our nurses, our pharmacists, our teachers, our local government staff, our social carers, our police officers, our firefighers, our teachers and teaching assistants. 

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Council welcomes Rossendale business prestigious award

Published on April 22, 2020 at 4:17 pm

Rossendale Council has praised a Bacup based business which has received Royal approval.

Orthoplastics has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, described as an MBE for businesses.

They were named in the International Trade category. The citation read:

“Orthoplastics is recognised globally as the leading materials supplier to the world’s orthopaedic device manufacturers.”

The Council is working with the company to develop a new site for the company on Plot 5 at Futures Park.

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Council backs nuisance fires plea

Published on April 22, 2020 at 10:23 am

Rossendale Council is backing calls from Lancashire Fire and Rescue for residents not to start unnecessary fires.

The county’s fire service have issued the plea following a ‘notable increase’ in nuisance fires across the county.

The fire service said it’s working hard to ensure incidents can be responded to during the coronavirus lockdown but said improved weather has meant more preventable fires have been happening.

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Appeal to businesses to donate unwanted PPE

Published on April 21, 2020 at 11:00 am

Rossendale businesses are being asked to donate unwanted stocks of personal, protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS for frontline staff to use.

The East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group is appealing to businesses that have stocks of PPE that they aren’t currently using due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Already some businesses have made generous donations of PPE stocks to the NHS, which have been redistributed to frontline services and staff who need it most.

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Residents urged to pray at home during religious festivals

Published on April 21, 2020 at 10:47 am

With Ramadan just days away, Muslim residents are being asked not to visit mosques but to continue to stay at home and pray.

In view of the current situation with the increasing numbers in Covid related deaths, restrictions remain in place for the foreseeable future. In fact, further restrictions could be imposed if the situation does not improve.

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Businesses urged to apply for Government grants

Published on April 20, 2020 at 9:59 am

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

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

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

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Overview and Scrutiny Would Like Your Help

Published on April 9, 2020 at 1:55 pm

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

Find out more about scrutiny.

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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Residents encourage to clap for the borough’s key workers

Published on April 9, 2020 at 10:43 am

The Leader of Rossendale Council is asking everyone in the borough to take part in a nationwide round of applause for key workers delivering essential services during the coronavirus crisis.

Councillor Alyson Barnes is appealing to residents to join in a gesture of thanks to frontline health and care heroes as well as other workers and volunteers who are delivering essential services by taking part in a mass round of applause from their doorsteps, windows and balconies on Thursday at 8pm.

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Sport England announce community emergency fund

Published on April 8, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Organisations that deliver or enable sport or physical activity in Rossendale can apply to a new fund set up by Sport England in response to the coronavirus emergency.

The £20m Community Emergency Fund is open for bids from local sports, voluntary and community organisations including small charitable trusts for grants between £300 and £10,000.

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Fund-raising drive launched as hundreds of  residents are helped thanks to the hub

Published on April 7, 2020 at 11:35 am

Rossendale Connected, a new community hub to help Rossendale residents during coronavirus, has taken more than 400 calls since it launched.

The hub, which runs seven days a week, was set-up to  support the communities, families and individuals facing tough times because of the coronavirus outbreak and the stepping up of social distancing and isolation measures.

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First business payments out today for Rossendale firms

Published on April 6, 2020 at 2:28 pm

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

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

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Council moves to protect trees

Published on April 3, 2020 at 5:11 pm

Rossendale Council has issued a tree preservation order on land at Melba Swintex, Stubbins Vale Mill.

The issuing of the order follows public concern about trees being felled there.

In simple terms, the order stops anyone from cutting down, topping, lopping, uprooting, wilfully damaging or wilfully destroying any of the trees specified without the consent of the Council.

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Support for local businesses during coronavirus – update

Published on April 2, 2020 at 2:48 pm

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

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

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

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Coronavirus update

Published on March 31, 2020 at 3:39 pm

Council staff continue to go above and beyond the call of duty to keep providing essential services, support our most vulnerable residents and support our businesses as much as we can through these extremely difficult times for us all.

It also means we have to make tough but necessary decisions.

Sadly, we have had to make the decision, in line with government advice and guidance, and in line with what other councils have done, to close our cemeteries except to funerals.

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Local plan hearing on April 2 postponed

Published on March 30, 2020 at 1:33 pm

A hearing by planning inspectors on the proposed Gypsy and Traveller transit has been postponed.

The public hearing was due to take place on April 2. A new date to hold the hearing is being looked at as well as whether it could be hosted via a video link if it has to be scheduled during the current government lockdown measures.

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Borough urged to join in with clap for NHS workers

Published on March 26, 2020 at 5:15 pm

The Leader of Rossendale Council is asking everyone in the borough to take part in a nationwide round of applause for NHS workers

Councillor Alyson Barnes is appealing to residents to join in a gesture of thanks to frontline healthcare heroes by taking part in a mass round of applause from their doorsteps, windows and balconies on Thursday at 8pm.

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Community hub to help Rossendale residents during coronavirus launched

Published on March 26, 2020 at 4:03 pm

A hub to support the communities, families and individuals facing tough times because of the coronavirus outbreak and the stepping up of social distancing and isolation measures is set to be launched.

Rossendale Connected Hub is a partnership between Rossendale Council, Rossendale Leisure Trust, the Rossendale Primary Care Network, Burnley Pendle Rossendale CVS and a wide range of community partner organisations and volunteers.

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Coronavirus scam warnings

Published on March 25, 2020 at 3:40 pm

People are being warned about a series of scams related to the coronavirus.

Rossendale Council are backing The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI)’s warnings issued after reports that scammers are targeted people both in person and through technology and through price rises in shops throughout the country.

One scam involves fake healthcare workers claiming to be offering ?home-testing?

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Coronavirus: Update from the leader and chief executive [March 25]

Published on March 25, 2020 at 10:08 am

This week, the Government announced further measures to try and curb the spread of coronavirus.

This is an extremely worrying time for everyone in the borough.  But it is important we follow the government’s advice and guidance.

The measures to increase social distancing include:

·       Shopping for basic necessities

  • One form of exercise a day
  • Medical need
  • To care for a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to work only when absolutely necessary.

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Update on coronavirus from the leader and chief executive [March 23]

Published on March 23, 2020 at 12:57 pm

The Council is committed to keep you up to date as much as possible during this extremely testing time for our residents, businesses and community groups.

Last week, we launched our first community newsletter, pulled together by our communities team. It includes a wealth of information for people to help during this extremely challenging time.

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NoWcard pass information

Published on March 20, 2020 at 2:34 pm

Anyone with a NoWcard pass in Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool can use it for free travel before 9.30am in the morning from Monday 23 March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The restriction on using concessionary travel passes during the morning peak has been lifted to allow pass holders to take advantage of those shops that are now dedicating the first hour of shopping to older and vulnerable people.

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Update on coronavirus from the leader and chief executive [March 19]

Published on March 19, 2020 at 6:35 pm

As civic leaders, we have committed to keep you up to date as possible and provide regular updates for you as we get face this crisis together.

At present, we are managing to provide our essential services as normally as possible. So far, we are not expecting any disruption on our services other than those outlined yesterday.

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Coronavirus update: Information for businesses [March 19]

Published on March 19, 2020 at 11:01 am

We know many businesses and their employees are worried. We are facing an unprecedented public health crisis. 

An announcement was made by the chancellor for support to businesses on Tuesday.

The government has also set up a support helpline.

Rossendale Council’ s Economic Development Team are logging requests from local businesses for support, but we await further information on how any funding may be distributed.

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Update on coronavirus from the leader and chief executive [March 18]

Published on March 18, 2020 at 4:22 pm

We know this is a very worrying time for our residents and our businesses. We are facing the greatest public health crisis in generations. It is a crisis which is having a major impact on all our lives.

As civic leaders, we want to reassure you and your families that any steps we take are in line with national advice and guidance.

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Latest Civic Pride blog

Published on March 17, 2020 at 12:57 pm

Civic Pride Rossendale (CPR) is recruiting volunteers for Outreach work with local young people. Do you have experience in teaching or working with youth groups? If so, says Roger Grimshaw, Chair of CPR, this is an opportunity to get involved with promoting Civic Pride’s ideas to schools and youth groups in the Valley, and hopefully to encourage more people to take part in activities that benefit the local environment.

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Railway restoration fund bid

Published on March 17, 2020 at 12:52 pm

Rossendale Council has submitted an application to the Government’s Restoring Your Railway Fund. This is a new fund announced by the Government to bring forward rail infrastructure. Successful bidders will be awarded £50,000 to supplement feasibility work and can link to further capital funding.

In 2018, the Council developed an early strategic case for investment which identified five possible delivery options and concluded that such a link was both feasible and viable.

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Leader update on coronavirus situation

Published on March 16, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Council Leader, Alyson Barnes, has updated on the latest situation around coronavirus and the Council’s response to it:

I know residents and businesses are incredibly worried about coronavirus. It is the worst public health crisis in a generation.

As a Council, please be reassured we are working with Lancashire County Council, Public Health England, the NHS and others so we are fully prepared to tackle this in our borough.

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Coronavirus update

Published on March 12, 2020 at 11:35 am

We are continuing to work closely with Lancashire County Council and Public Health England to monitor the developing situation around the coronavirus infection.

The picture is constantly evolving and we are currently undertaking sensible preparations as a responsible organisation informed by LCC, national advice and guidance and Government policy.

In the Council’s role as a community leader we are working with all the relevant authorities and local partners to support the Government’s plan.

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Blog: Archaeology in Rossendale

Published on March 11, 2020 at 3:42 pm

We’re all aware that the industrial revolution had a dramatic effect on the valley over the last 250 years but were there people living here in earlier times? In the Middle Ages? Roman times? Prehistory?

The recently formed South Pennine Archaeology Group (SPAG) based in Rawtenstall are determined find out and have already made some interesting discoveries.

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Council leader marks International Women’s Day

Published on March 8, 2020 at 12:21 pm

International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, takes place today March 8).

The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

Marking the day, Councillor Alyson Barnes said:

“International Women’s Day is a day we can celebrate all the achievements of women from the borough as part of a global celebration.

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Leader welcomes Bacup bid progress

Published on March 4, 2020 at 4:36 pm

The leader of Rossendale Council has welcomed progress on Bacup’s multi-million pound bid to improve the town centre.

At tonight’s Cabinet, councillors will receive a report outlining progress on the bid and some very initial concept ideas for the town.

Bacup is in the running for Future High Streets funding and council officers are working closely with councillors, community groups, residents and businesses to put together a credible bid to government.

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Planting for the Future

Published on March 4, 2020 at 10:10 am

Christmas planning has come early in Haslingden and Helmshore.

That’s because the local civic pride group have planted a tree ready for lighting at Christmas.

Haslingden and Helmshore Civic Pride purchased the rooted Nordic spruce tree and planted it in Greenfield Memorial gardens on Tuesday, February 24.

Rossendale Council assisted and, once it has grown to size, will help fit an electricity supply so the tree can be decorated with lights.

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Flooding grants

Published on March 3, 2020 at 3:17 pm

Following on from Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara, there has been some confusion over grants and compensation for people affected by flooding and storm damage.

Any compensation comes from a Government scheme – the Flood Recovery Framework. This is for local council areas that had been significantly impacted.

The criteria for who is eligible for funding is determined by the government not Rossendale Council.

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Council announces extension to pioneering employment project

Published on February 26, 2020 at 3:23 pm

Rossendale Council has announced an extension to a pioneering local employment project that has helped hundreds of people in the two years since it launched.

The scheme, Rossendale Works, is designed to encourage people to initially participate in physical activity before helping them back into employment through work experience and training, matching them with local businesses who have placement opportunities.

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Have your say on walks around the borough

Published on February 26, 2020 at 12:31 pm

A special walking summit is being held to let people give their views on how to boost walking activities in Rossendale.

Rossendale’s Together an Active Future project is looking at how to encourage a more active community and want your input on making it easier for people.

It is hosting a walking summit on Wednesday, February 27th at The Riverside in Whitworth, OL12 8DP.

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Council welcomes flooding funding announcement

Published on February 25, 2020 at 4:46 pm

Rossendale Council has welcomed news that flood grants are being made available to residents and businesses in the borough

The Government has announced a package of measures and financial help to help those directly affected by recent storms.

Households and businesses in Rossendale affected by flooding during Storms Ciara and Dennis may be able to receive financial help.

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Latest Civic Pride blog

Published on February 24, 2020 at 4:31 pm

The Civic Pride Rossendale AGM took place at Rawtenstall Cricket Club on Tuesday, 18th February 2020.

The Mayor of Rossendale, Councillor Barbara Ashworth, the Mayoress Mrs Christine Lamb, and Mr Neil Shaw, Chief Executive of Rossendale Borough Council attended in addition to many CPR volunteers and supporters.

Outgoing Chair of Civic Pride Rossendale, Chris Blomerley, thanked everyone for their hard work over the past year, noting that as CPR enters its third decade, the Valley has never looked cleaner and brighter with groups now successfully operating in Bacup, Weir, Waterfoot, Crawshawbooth, Rawtenstall, Haslingden, Helmshore and beyond.

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Local mum latest beneficiary of affordable warmth grant

Published on February 19, 2020 at 4:46 pm

Rossendale Council is taking action on fuel poverty to provide eligible residents with little or no cost insulation and brand new A-rated boilers.

The Council’s Affordable Warmth Grant provides funding for first-time central heating, boiler upgrades, radiator repairs and gas fire replacements.

The scheme is managed by award-winning Community Interest Company YES Energy Solutions on behalf of the Council.

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Love your park!

Published on February 19, 2020 at 1:27 pm

Rossendale  Council’s Community Team is working on a Love Parks project to give a boost to the borough’s green spaces.

The first park we are working on is Edgeside Park in Waterfoot, alongside Newground Landscape Services.

The Love Parks initiative was developed following the success of the work in Stubbylee Park, where the community, the council and partners worked together to make real improvements.

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Council update on future plans for Rawtenstall

Published on February 18, 2020 at 1:24 pm

Over the last few years, the Council with its partners have worked really hard to improve our town centres. This work has paid dividends especially in Rawtenstall.

In Rawtenstall, a lot has been delivered and it is clear there is a lot of positivity around the town.

Residents, visitors and businesses have fed back how good the town centre is looking, how the night time economy is booming and how great it is there is an influx of quality food and drink retailers.

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Play area work set to start

Published on February 17, 2020 at 4:29 pm

Work to develop a new play area in Rising Bridge is due to start this week.

The project will involve new play equipment for children aged 0-16, new safety surfacing, drainage for the play area and a football pitch and a picnic area, to replace the old and worn play equipment.

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Council’s attention turns to suicide prevention

Published on February 13, 2020 at 1:22 pm

Rossendale Council has joined forces with a national alliance that is aiming to eradicate suicide in the UK as part of a drive on suicide prevention.

The Zero Suicide Alliance’s coalition of like-minded partners are working together to help rid the UK of suicide by initially raising awareness of a free online suicide prevention training programme.

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CCTV Hub gains top award

Published on February 10, 2020 at 1:18 pm

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

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

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

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Council leader praise after Storm Ciara hits Rossendale

Published on February 10, 2020 at 11:59 am

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Alyson Barnes has praised residents, emergency services, staff and volunteers for their efforts after heavy wind and rain hit the borough.

There were a number of flooding incidents as bad weather battered the borough. A major incident was declared across Lancashire.

Councillor Barnes said:

It’s been a tough weekend for people and the weather has caused a lot of disruption.

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Applications open for community fund

Published on February 5, 2020 at 2:27 pm

The latest round of the Rossendale Community Fund is open for applications and local organisations are invited to apply before the deadline of Monday, February 17.

The Rossendale Community Fund was created by Rossendale 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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Further statement on budget setting

Published on February 3, 2020 at 1:34 pm

Plans for next year’s budget are to be presented to members of the overview and scrutiny as the Council continues its budget setting process.

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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New neighbourhood forum request

Published on February 3, 2020 at 10:50 am

The Council has received an application to establish a neighbourhood forum for Bacup and Stacksteads.

Prior to formalising this, we are required to both publicise the request and invite comments about whether this group should be able to prepare the neighbourhood plan and if the boundary being proposed for the neighbourhood area is correct.

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CCTV upgrade for Rossendale

Published on January 29, 2020 at 2:33 pm

A new upgraded CCTV system is in operation across Rossendale.

A total of 19 new cameras are now in place in Haslingden, Rawtenstall and Bacup. These are mainly in the town centres and are directly linked to the central CCTV Hub for Lancashire.

The upgrade includes all new HD cameras, which provide much better quality footage, which are all networked and connected to the CCTV hub, which allows them to be monitored 24 hours a day, a facility not previously available for Rossendale.

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Christmas tree recycling boost for borough

Published on January 29, 2020 at 11:10 am

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

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

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

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New breakfast club in Bacup launches

Published on January 29, 2020 at 9:12 am

A new breakfast club and drop in has been launched to engage and assist residents from the Bacup area to make a difference to their lives.
The Brew and Breakfast Club, based at Trinity Baptist Church on Market Street, Bacup, will be open every Thursday from 10-noon.

It is being organised by Rossendale Works and Rossendale Futures, employability projects set up by Rossendale Council and Active Lancashire and the Department of Work of Pensions

At the first meeting, partner agencies led round table discussions to consider local issues and ways the new club could try to tackle them.

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Council Leader marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Published on January 27, 2020 at 10:42 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 we pay tribute to all the victims of the murderous Nazi regime, where all the institutions of state were geared towards the extermination of Jewish men, women and children and other deemed unworthy of life.

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Rossendale Local Plan – proposed allocation of the Gypsy and Traveller Transit Site

Published on January 22, 2020 at 1:44 pm

Rossendale Council is asking for comments on the proposed allocation of the Gyspy and Traveller Transit site at the former Little Tooter Quarry, Sharneyford, as part of the emerging Rossendale Local Plan.

The consultation documents and further information and can be found on the Council’s website as well as at the One Stop Shop (Futures Park) and at local libraries.

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New prosecutions for the Council

Published on January 21, 2020 at 1:44 pm

Penalties totalling more than £1,400 have been handed to three people for offences in the borough.

Khalid Jamil (60), director of Driven Cab Rental registered at Unit 11, Sovereign Enterprise Park, King William Street, Salford, was found guilty of obstructing a Rossendale Borough Council officer by failing to give the location of a vehicle.

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Statement on funding proposals for St Mary’s Gyratory

Published on January 16, 2020 at 2:13 pm

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

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

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Rossendale couple ‘shower’ praise after disabled grant success

Published on January 16, 2020 at 1:51 pm

Haslingden resident Barbara Holden, 80, has been handed a new lease of life after Rossendale Council awarded her a Disabled Facilities Grant, and arranged much-needed changes to her home.

The grants are available to support people with disabilities if they need to adapt their house or install specialist equipment.

They are designed to improve freedom of movement in and around people’s homes giving access to essential facilities and keeping them safe in their home.

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Latest Civic Pride blog: a New Year clean-up!

Published on January 13, 2020 at 4:55 pm

2020 has started well for Civic Pride Rossendale (CPR).  Unable to attend the mass Rawtenstall clean up on New Year’s Day, one of our CPR volunteers was in Waterfoot centre at 7am on New Year’s Day to clear up the carnage from the previous evening!  Three hours later, the area was transformed as can be seen from the photos of the bus stop on Bacup Road.

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New Chief Executive’s desire to make “positive impact” on people’s lives

Published on January 13, 2020 at 1:32 pm

Rossendale Council’s new Chief Executive, Neil Shaw, has spoken about his first impressions of the borough, and of his aims and ambitions for the role, in a new video interview.

Watch it below:

Council Leader, Alyson Barnes, said:

I am absolutely delighted Neil accepted the role and has joined us in Rossendale.

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New funding enables further work to crack downs on rogue landlords

Published on January 9, 2020 at 10:06 am

Work to crack down on rogue landlords in Rossendale will continue after the Council was awarded more money to help tackle the issue.

The Council was successful in an initial bid for £18k in 2018 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

That money has been used in a multi-agency approach to clampdown on bad practices in the private rented sector, concentrating on making landlords comply with fire safety legislation and meet minimum privately rented standards.

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Leader’s concerns over health and wellbeing services closures

Published on January 7, 2020 at 9:36 am

The Leader of the Council has raised her concerns again over the ending of two health and wellbeing services and has offered to work with partners to look for a solution.

The Lancashire Wellbeing Service (LWS), a programme, which supports thousands of people across Lancashire with low-level health and social care issues, has ended while funding for Rossendale’s Home Improvement Agency will cease in March.

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A few highlights from 2019

Published on January 2, 2020 at 2:03 pm

As we are now in a new year and also a new decade, we thought we would celebrate by putting together a quick compilation of some of our favourite pictures and clips from 2019.

Special thanks to our favourite young recycler Jessica.

We wish everyone in our wonderful borough a Happy New Year.

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Taking action on affordable warmth

Published on December 30, 2019 at 10:25 am

Rossendale Council is taking action on fuel poverty to provide eligible residents with little or no cost insulation and brand new A-rated boilers.

The Council’s Affordable Warmth Grant provides funding for first-time central heating, boiler upgrades, radiator repairs and gas fire replacements.

 There is also funding available towards the costs of loft and cavity wall insulation, helping residents keep warm for less.

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New Civic Pride blog: Two items a day, keeps the litter at bay!

Published on December 24, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Civic Pride Rossendale are launching a new campaign to build on the amazing reduction of litter across the valley.

If we all picked up two pieces of litter a day, our streets would look even better so:
Two a day. Have you got the bottle to join in? Will you packet in the bin, take away the litter, can the can and bag that bag!

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Merry Christmas from the leader of the Council

Published on December 24, 2019 at 9:01 am

It’s hard to believe that it is already time to wish everyone in our great borough a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2019 has flown by. It’s nice to see everyone getting into the Christmas spirit and the Christmas lights across the borough are looking great.
I’m definitely looking forward to a break and spending time with my family.

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Real Christmas tree collection

Published on December 23, 2019 at 12:01 pm

Rossendale Council will collect your real Christmas tree for just £5.

Any Rossendale residents who will need to dispose of their real Christmas tree in January can organise a collection from the Council.

You can call now to book a collection spot for a maximum of two trees per booking.

No artificial trees, ornaments, tinsel, garlands or lights will be collected.

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