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Adrian rolls onto next running challenge

Published on April 19, 2018 at 1:05 pm

Running man Adrian Smith is gearing up for his latest challenge in aid of two charities which provide vital aid for vulnerable children and families.

The Bacup-based father-of-three has already raised £11,000 by completing a marathon in the Middle East and the legendary Great North Run half marathon from South Shields to Newcastle.

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Want to hold a street party? Advice and support is available

Published on April 17, 2018 at 3:35 pm

There is nothing like a good wedding to bring people together.

And help is at hand for neighbours, communities and groups who want to paint the borough red, white and blue to celebrate the royal wedding.

Rossendale Council’s communities team is providing support and guidance for people who want to throw a street party to mark Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day on May 19.

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Taxi driver loses licence appeal

Published on April 17, 2018 at 9:29 am

A taxi driver who allowed his children to travel in his car without booster seats has lost his appeal to keep his licence.

Basharat Hussain appealed Rossendale Council’s decision to revoke his hackney carriage licence but the appeal was dismissed by Burnley Crown Court.

Hussain, of Skipton, West Yorkshire, took his case to the Crown Court after Magistrates dismissed an appeal in September 2017.

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Help the Council’s scrutiny committee develop their work programme

Published on April 16, 2018 at 12:36 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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Deadline to register to vote is approaching

Published on April 16, 2018 at 11:21 am

Voters in Rossendale are being urged to register in time for local elections in May.  If you are already registered to vote there is no need to re-register.

The elections take place on Thursday, May 3rd, and the deadline for receiving applications to register to vote is Tuesday, April 17th.

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Make a date to comply with data regulations

Published on April 13, 2018 at 1:31 pm

A free event is being held to help Rossendale businesses, charities and other organisations meet the requirements of new data privacy regulations.

Rossendale Council and Burnley College are holding the GDPR Express workshop on April 23. It is part of the Council’s Invest in Rossendale programme.

It takes place at Rossendale Council, Futures Park, Bacup, from 9am to noon and will include information from specialists on data privacy, cyber security, IT and mobile phone hardware recycling, data protection and digital marketing.

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Council delight at Hamer gold

Published on April 6, 2018 at 10:17 am

Rossendale Council is sending its warmest congratulations and best wishes to record breaking gold medal winner Tom Hamer.

The 19 year old from Rawtenstall races to glory in the S14 200m freestyle swimming event at this year’s Commonwealth Games.

The Mayor, Councillor Colin Crawforth, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled for Tom.

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New video of Rossendale artist Alan Birch

Published on April 3, 2018 at 3:12 pm

Rossendale based artist Alan Birch creates prints from his workshop at Prospect Studios in Waterfoot.

Alan’s one of many talented artists that live here in the valley.  Find out more about his work in this short video we made about him.

 

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Planning permission granted for next phase of Spinning Point

Published on March 29, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has granted planning permission for Phase two of the Spinning Point development.

A full planning application, for the redevelopment of the former Valley Centre site, was submitted by Rossendale Borough Council and Barnfield Investment Properties in December 2017.

Significant community consultation has taken place since December, with members of the public encouraged to view and comment on the proposals during three public information events, a’Facebook Live’ consultation; and presentations to local groups, Rawtenstall Chamber of Commerce and Rossendale Civic Trust.

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Haslingden consultation to launch next week

Published on March 29, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Following consultation under the Local Plan in 2017 Haslingden, which was one of 4 proposed new Conservation Areas for Rossendale, has now been progressed.

The proposed conservation area focuses around the historic core of Haslingden and is intended to protect this area of special architectural and historic interest and ensure positive future management.

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Go ‘coco-nuts’ this weekend in Rossendale!

Published on March 29, 2018 at 1:18 pm

A longstanding Easter tradition will be revived again this weekend as the Britannia Coconutters come out to play in Rossendale.

People from the valley and beyond are expected to line the streets as the famous ‘folk dance’ troupe visit 25 separate locations around Rossendale on East Saturday, March 31 accompanied by members of Stacksteads silver band.

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Rossendale ‘Works’ for local unemployed people

Published on March 29, 2018 at 12:40 pm

A new project from Rossendale Council and partners will see local unemployed people given the opportunity to find a pathway back to work through volunteering or taking part in regular sporting activities.

‘Rossendale Works’ will see the Council working with local partners Active Lancashire (previously Lancashire Sport) and the Department for Work and Pensions to target those over 18s in receipt of out of works benefits or those who are currently excluded from the jobs market.

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New rules for landlords on energy efficiency

Published on March 28, 2018 at 4:06 pm

Landlords in Rossendale will now have to meet minimum criteria around energy efficiency before they can rent properties, as a result of new rules that come into force next week.

From April 1, all rented homes in England and Wales must have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E.

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Civic Pride blog: The Great British Spring Clean

Published on March 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Civic Pride’s Roger Grimshaw updates on the Great British Spring Clean.

Good things come to those who wait, they say! The Beast from the East and its offspring may have delayed Civic Pride’s plans but they certainly didn’t stop the Great British Spring Clean!

Last Saturday saw 12 Civic Pride volunteers and 3 McDonalds staff fan out across Rawtenstall to clear 47 bags of rubbish plus other larger detritus including a car tyre, a freezer and even a crutch!

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Free advice and support available to local businesses

Published on March 26, 2018 at 4:23 pm

Rossendale Council is inviting even more local businesses to explore a range of free advice and support available through its recently established Economic Development team.

Whether you’re a new business or an established one looking to grow the Council can help. Available support includes: access to and help with applying for funding, bespoke property searches, help with expansion plans, the facilitating of strategic discussions, networking opportunities and more.

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Council call on recycling

Published on March 26, 2018 at 9:49 am

Rossendale Council wants everyone to be fantastic at their recycling to help reduce the amount of incorrect items entering the recycling process.

The Council is encouraging residents to take a fresh look at their recycling, making sure everything is going in the correct bin.

Your grey recycling bin is for paper and cardboard.

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New blog from Civic Pride: Winter weather, delayed spring clean up and more

Published on March 19, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Civic Pride’s Roger Grimshaw updates on what they have been doing the last couple of weeks and what is happening soon.

The Beast from the East may have delayed our contribution to the Great British Spring Cleanand son of the Beast arrived this weekend but undeterred we’ll be trying again on the weekend of March 24/25. 

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Leader unveils Haslingden investment plan

Published on March 19, 2018 at 12:41 pm

The Leader of Rossendale Council will update councillors on plans for new investment for Haslingden.

Councillor Alyson Barnes will outline the plans at Wednesday’s [March 21] meeting of full Council to bring in new money to improve the town.

You can find the full report on the Council’s website.

Councillor Barnes said:

“One of our major priorities as a Council has been to bring in new investment to improve our towns.

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Statement on Bacup THI

Published on March 16, 2018 at 1:57 pm

Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism, said:
It has always been our intention to have a great centrepiece in Bacup. Since Lancashire County Council have confirmed that the Fountain must stay where it is the THI board is now focused on looking at ways of making the best use of it as the centrepiece for the THI public realm scheme.

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Update on Waterside Mill, Bacup

Published on March 14, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Councillor Christine Lamb, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Regulatory Services, said:

Waterside Mill is an important part of Bacup’s heritage but sadly has fallen in to serious disrepair so much so the site is very dangerous and many residents consider it an eyesore. We have worked closely with a range of partners over a number of years but despite much time, work and continued effort we have not yet been able to get to a position where there are firm plans for it to be brought back into use.

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Court hands down fines of over £19,000 for health and safety breach

Published on March 12, 2018 at 3:38 pm

A director of a food company was described as ‘cavalier’ in court after letting his staff use a dangerous machine without adequate safety guards.

Driss Bouzzid, a director of Driss Foods Ltd trading as Jo Jo’s in Waterfoot, Rossendale appeared at Burnley magistrates court on Friday (March 9).

The 55 year old resident of Waverley Road Blackburn pleaded guilty to two charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

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Dawn puts pen to paper for a good cause

Published on March 12, 2018 at 11:35 am

Rossendale Council employee and budding author, Dawn Ashworth has published her very own children’s story. The book called ‘The Story of Jimmy Mouse and of Course Tommy Cat’ tells the tale of an unlikely friendship.

The story was originally told to Dawn who works in the Parks Department, by her father when she was a child.

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Make sure you register to vote in time

Published on March 9, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Voters in Rossendale are being urged to register in time for local elections in May.  If you are already registered to vote there is no need to re-register.

The elections take place on Thursday, May 3rd, and the deadline for receiving applications to register to vote is Tuesday, April 17th.

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Historic England withdraws objections to Spinning Point proposal

Published on March 7, 2018 at 5:55 pm

Historic England have confirmed they have withdrawn their objections to the proposals after seeing the revised plans.

Following a planning application submission by Rossendale Borough Council and Barnfield Investment Properties in December 2017, the design team met with Historic England to explore their concerns relating to the scale, mass and form of the building.

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Funding Available for Electric Vehicle Charging Points for Rossendale Businesses

Published on March 7, 2018 at 8:16 am

Rossendale Businesses are invited to apply for funding to install Electric Vehicle Charging points at their premises.

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) gives vouchers to businesses to support upfront purchase and installation costs for electric vehicle charging points. There is £300 available per socket available, which will need to be installed by an OLEV approved WCS contractor.

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Are you looking for practical help seeking employment?

Published on March 6, 2018 at 4:47 pm

If you are looking for long term employment and would like some help, you can contact the G4S ESF programme running in Rossendale and across Lancashire.

The programme runs every Wednesday at Rossendale Council Offices , Futures Park , Bacup at the “One Stop Shop” commencing Wednesday, March 7. Anyone can drop in and have an informal chat.

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Talented local artist gets set for exhibition at The Whitaker

Liam Spencer

Recently we spoke with Liam Spencer - Artist as part of our ongoing campaign to shout about the wealth of talented and creative people we have here in the borough. Here Liam talks about his inspiration and his upcoming exhibition The Whitaker - Rossendale Museum and Art Gallery

Posted by Rossendale Council on Friday, 2 March 2018
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Published on March 5, 2018 at 10:09 am

Local artist Liam Spencer has spoken about the things that inspire him and his upcoming exhibition at Rossendale’s Whitaker art gallery.

Liam who is based at Prospect Studios, a studio which he shares with two other artists, is well known particularly in Manchester for his urban paintings.

Since moving to Rossendale his work has also been influenced by the surrounding countryside and wildlife.

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Bad weather update as Council services resume

Published on March 2, 2018 at 10:37 am

Despite the ongoing bad weather Rossendale Council services are returning to action.

Waste collection crews have been back out this morning, Friday March 2. They are concentrating on main roads and primary gritting routes collecting the backlog from Wednesday, Thursday as well as today’s work.

Please leave bins/bags out for collection and they will be emptied as soon as possible.

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Weather disruption to Council services

Published on March 1, 2018 at 11:55 am

Due to the bad weather a number of Council services have been disrupted.

After trying to brave the elements yesterday, waste collection crews had to suspend refuse collections until Friday.

They will be resumed as soon as it is safe to do so when extra staff will be deployed to help with the backlog who will also remove any additional side waste left by residents.

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So what is the asset listing project?

Published on February 28, 2018 at 6:45 pm

In a new blog, Community Assets Standing Tall (CAST) trustee  Carl Bradshaw tells us what the Rossendale Heritage Listing project is and how you can get involved.

The aim of this project is to afford some protection to the heritage assets in our communities by registering them on the Community Asset Register.

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Snow update

Published on February 28, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Our waste collection crews worked hard this morning to get out and brave the elements to empty bins but unfortunately the wagons had to be pulled back to the depot due to heavy snow and worsening conditions. Collections have now been suspended.

We apologise for any inconvenience as this delay will affect the schedule for a number of days.

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How safe do you feel in your community?

Published on February 27, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Pennine Lancashire Community Safety Partnership want to know your experiences and perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour in Rossendale.

This will help them to prioritise your concerns through the activity of their members that includes Lancashire Constabulary, Rossendale Council, the National Probation service and Community Rehabilitation Company.

Anyone completing this questionnaire is doing so anonymously and your responses will be confidential with any information received being used in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act.

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Council releases update on Empty Homes project

Published on February 27, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Rossendale Council has released a further update on the Empty Homes project.

“We wanted to provide an update on the Empty Homes project as recently there has been a lot of concern raised locally around it, and rightly so – councillors and residents have been badly let down.

“There has also been misinformation about the project which we would like to address.

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Pupil’s winning design effort

Published on February 26, 2018 at 2:47 pm

A logo created by a pupil at Fearns Community Sports College in Stacksteads will be seen by thousands of people.

Rossendale Council asked the pupils to design a logo to promote Rossendale Works – a careers, employability and skills fair being organised at Haslingden Sports Centre on July 10.

Holly Duffy’s design features the words Rossendale Works in a circle and inside is a head with cogs inside the brain.

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Briefing for local elections candidates

Published on February 26, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Rossendale Council is holding a briefing session for anyone planning to stand as a candidate in this year’s local elections.

Rossendale Council elections take place on Thursday, May 3.

The pre-nomination briefing for prospective candidates and agents will be held in the Council Chamber, Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB, at 5.30pm on Monday, March 12

More details can be found on the Elections and voting page of the Council website

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Council welcomes Neighbourhood Forum plan

Published on February 26, 2018 at 9:06 am

Rossendale Council has welcomed an application from Edenfield residents to establish a Neighbourhood Forum.

Last week, a group of residents formally applied to the Council to start the process.

You can find more information about the application on the Council’s website. 

Responding to the news, Councillor Christine Lamb, whose portfolio oversees planning, said:

“As a Council, we welcome any process that allows the community to engage in important issues in their area.”

“We have been approached by a number of people in Edenfield who are investigating the option of establishing an Neighboirhood Forum with the longer term prospect of producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

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Councillor explains vote to crack down on rogue landlords

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Rossendale Councillors have announced new powers to tackle rogue landlords. They will allow the Council to issue fines to landlords who do not honour their responsibilities to tenants and also to protect tenants from eviction or harassment. For example, if it will help tenants whose landlord tries to evict them for reporting issues that need repairing. Read more about the new powers here https://www.rossendale.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/1070/cabinet C1

Posted by Rossendale Council on Friday, 23 February 2018
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Published on February 23, 2018 at 5:20 pm

Councillors have voted to introduce new penalties to crack down on rogue landlords.

The new powers will allow the Council to fine landlords who do not take seriously their responsibilities to tenants. The money from the fines will then be used to improve housing standards across the borough.

The Council has also pledged to tackle landlords who harass or evict tenants unfairly.

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2018/19 budget update

Published on February 23, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Councillor Andrew Walmsley, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Customer Services, has updated on the latest budget position.

Councillors will meet next week to agree the budget for 18/19 including Council Tax rates – you can find papers here.

Councillor Walmsley said:

Following the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, February 21 a range of budget decisions have been recommended to full Council next week where a final decision will be made.

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Council leader welcomes Flying Scotsman visit

Published on February 23, 2018 at 12:10 pm

The Flying Scotsman is visiting Rawtenstall Station for its first public outing of 2018 on March 10 and 11.  You can find more details on East Lancashire Railway site

Welcoming the news that the famous locomotive is coming to the borough, Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council, said:

“I am really excited that the Flying Scotsman is visiting our borough.

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New images show Spinning Point, Phase 2 plans

Published on February 20, 2018 at 5:39 pm

New images have been released as part of exciting plans on the future of Rawtenstall town centre.

The photos and fly-through video are part of revised plans for Spinning Point, Phase 2 which have been released today, February 20.

Following a planning application submission by Rossendale Borough Council and Barnfield Investment Properties in December 2017, the Design Team has enhanced the originally submitted scheme to address comments from consultees, including Historic England and local individuals.

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Exciting plans for next phase of Spinning Point released

Published on February 20, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Exciting plans on the future of Rawtenstall town centre have been released, which include new leisure and retail units, a hotel and attractive public space.

Following a planning application submission by Rossendale Borough Council and Barnfield Investment Properties in December 2017, the design team has enhanced the originally submitted scheme to address comments from consultees, including Historic England and local individuals.

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Time’s running out to provide ‘bags of help’

Published on February 15, 2018 at 2:58 pm

With votes closing at the end of the month, there’s not long left to help Stubbylee Park win an improvements grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.

Councillor Jackie Oakes explains in this new film how how the public’s help can make it happen.

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Stubbylee Park is in the running to win an improvements grant from Tesco's Bags of Help scheme.

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Two ways to save on energy costs this winter

Published on February 15, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Now that the weather has turned colder, there are two ways you can help to keep your energy costs down and stay warm this winter.

Rossendale residents can now access a new scheme which has already saved 8,000 people living in Cheshire £2.1 million on their energy bills.  Fairerpower Red Rose has been created so that residents can benefit from a local alternative to the ‘big six’ energy companies.

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Council planning team up for prestigious national award

Published on February 14, 2018 at 9:54 am

Rossendale Council’s planning team has been shortlisted for the Local Authority Team of the Year at the United Kingdom and Ireland’s most prestigious planning awards – becoming one of only five local authority teams in the country to do so.

The Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry.

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Small grants available for farming businesses in Rossendale

Published on February 13, 2018 at 11:54 am

Rossendale farmers are encouraged to apply for small grants from a scheme which supports investment for specific agricultural equipment.

The Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme provides cash for equipment that will help to improve animal welfare, resource efficiency or nutrient management.

Grants are available from £3k-£12k covering up to 40 per cent of eligible costs, however there is a need to act quickly as the deadline for online applications is March 14 ,2018.

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Behind the scenes with Rossendale sculptor Jill Randall

Jill Randal

Jill Randall is a Rossendale based sculptor whose work is shown all over the world. She's just one of the many creative people we have here in the valley. Find out more in this short video we made about her.

Posted by Rossendale Council on Monday, 12 February 2018
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Jill Randall is a scultor based at Prospect Studios in Rossendale.

Her sculpture and installations have been exhibited both nationally and internationally in galleries, museums and sculpture parks.

She has been artist in residence at  Parys Mountain Copper Mine in Anglesey and her interest in Cornish mines has seen her travel to Australian and Mexico.

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Council backs make traffic light food and drink labelling mandatory call

Published on February 12, 2018 at 10:14 am

Rossendale Council is backing calls for traffic light labelling on food and drink to be mandatory to help people make more informed choices about the food they eat

The calls are being made by the Local Government Association.

Councillor Barbara Ashworth, Portfolio Holder for Health and Housing at Rossendale Council said: “As a Council, we are happy to lend our support to anything which may help to improve our Borough’s health.

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Theatre company pulls Rossendale’s creative strings

Published on February 8, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Horse and Bamboo are the first Rossendale organisation to be featured in a series of short videos about creative people in the valley.

The theatre company is well known for its experimental and forward thinking productions that often use puppetry to tell stories and to move its audiences.

Founded in 1978, the company’s home is the Boo in Waterfoot, which also hosts comedy nights, live music, children’s entertainment and festivals.

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Applications now open for the Rossendale Community Fund

Published on February 5, 2018 at 11:48 am

The latest round of the Rossendale Community Fund is open for applications and local organisations are invited to apply for a grant from the Fund before the deadline of 16 February.

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

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Residents advised over potential Bacup power outage

Published on January 31, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Electricity North West have advised of a potential power outage affecting Bacup this Friday, February 2 from 9-11am.

In the event of an outage the Council’s telephone system will be unavailable.

You can visit the One Stop Shop at Futures Park; email: generalenquiries@rossendalebc.gov.uk or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

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MEPS pay tribute to pioneering Rossendale family

Published on January 30, 2018 at 10:33 am

Rossendale received a visit from two members of the European parliament last week, who came to see the birthplace of the family credited with helping to establish the industrial revolution in Europe.

Wajid Khan, MEP for North West England and colleague Arndt Kohn, a German MEP, visited the Council offices to talk about the Cockerill family who were originally from Haslingden.

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Don’t forget to sign up for this year’s collection scheme

Published on January 29, 2018 at 11:02 am

Residents have until January 31 to sign up for the garden waste collection scheme if they want to receive the full year’s collections.

Over 1,500 residents have now signed up so far this year.

The fortnightly collection runs from March to November and allows people to recycle grass cuttings, leaves, plants, twigs, small branches and hedge clippings.

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Heritage talk promises feast of photos

Published on January 26, 2018 at 1:37 pm

A talk this weekend promises to teach people about the heritage and history of Rossendale through the pictures of two local photographers.

The History and Heritage talk takes place at Rawtenstall Library on Saturday, January 27th from 2-4pm.

It will feature the photographs of John Davies and Wendy Watters.

To book a free place call: 07805 093348 or email: info@communityasset.org

For more information call: (01706) 875371

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Councillor’s plea to public as authority clears fly-tipped waste

Published on January 24, 2018 at 10:51 am

Rossendale Council’s Portfolio Holder for Operations has urged the public to report instances of fly-tipping in their neighbourhoods as soon as they see them.

Cllr Jackie Oakes visited Stacksteads on Tuesday, January 23 to talk to concerned residents about fly-tipping in the area, expressing her concern in a new video you can view below.

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Statement from Together Housing on Spinning Point

Published on January 23, 2018 at 9:48 am

Rumours have been circulating that Together Housing are not taking all the space in the town hall as part of the Spinning Point Phase One.

Together Housing has released the following statement to reassure residents.

Kevin Ruth, Deputy Chief Executive of Together Housing, said: “I am pleased to confirm Together Housing will occupy all of the town hall.

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On route to a bright future – bus operator Rosso joins the Transdev family

Published on January 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm

A raft of improvements from day one including full ticket integration and mobile tickets – with £3 million investment in new and better buses is on the way for Rossendale.

Exciting plans for a multi-million-pound investment in new and better buses, great value tickets which go further for less, and up-to-the-minute technology delivering live departure times, instant journey planning and easy-to-use mobile tickets – are just some of the headline improvements on the way for customers in the Rossendale, Bury and Rochdale areas as bus company Rosso joins the Transdev family.

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Do you want a helping hand to stay warm this winter?

Published on January 18, 2018 at 11:09 am

Rossendale Borough Council are working in partnership with MSV Homecare and Repair (formerly St Vincent’s) to offer funding  that will help keep your home warm this winter.

The Affordable Warmth scheme is funded by Lancashire County Council’s Green Energy Fund, which set aside funds to support home energy saving methods to help people stay warm over winter.

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Carnival calls on quizzers to help raise funds

Published on January 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Organisers of Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival will be holding a quiz at the Rose ‘n’ Bowl in Stacksteads on Wednesday, January 24 at 7pm.

The quiz has been held for the past three years and has become a major fundraising event for the June carnival.

Last year more than 100 people attended and helped to raise more than £450.

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Residents can provide ‘bags of help’

Published on January 15, 2018 at 11:54 am

Stubbylee Park is in the running to win an improvements grant from the Bags of Help scheme run by Tesco.

Councillor Jackie Oakes explains in this new film how how the public’s help can make it happen.

Tesco Bags of Help scheme

Stubbylee Park is in the running to win an improvements grant from Tesco's Bags of Help scheme.

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Free training courses

Published on January 11, 2018 at 1:10 pm

The East Lancashire Recovery College is running free courses for adults.

They are aimed at giving people an an insight into personal development and mental health and well-being or helping to learn a new skill.

They include a wide range of courses such as Dementia Awareness, understanding ADHD, how to tackle depression and literacy skills.

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Council concerns over winter death figures

Published on January 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Last week, the Office for National Statistics published its report on excess winter mortality in England and Wales. View the report here http://bit.ly/2FmDbRa

Excess winter deaths are defined as the difference between the number of deaths in the winter months (December to March) compared with the previous (August to November) and following (April to July) three months.

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Hundreds sign up for garden waste collection scheme in time for first collection of the year

Published on January 10, 2018 at 9:01 am

Over 1,000 residents have now signed up to this year’s garden waste collection scheme.

The fortnightly collection runs from March to November and allows people to recycle grass cuttings, leaves, plants, twigs, small branches and hedge clippings.

It was announced in October last year that the collection would be charged at £35 for the year.

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Pennine Lancashire health partnership backs campaign on sugar

Published on January 8, 2018 at 4:20 pm

A health partnership from across Pennine Lancashire is backing the new Public Health England (PHE) Change4Life campaign which encourages parents to “Look for 100 calorie snacks, 2 a day max” to cut children’s sugar intake.

Together A Healthier Future is a programme to improve the health and care system in Pennine Lancashire, which is made up of East Lancashire, including Rossendale, and Blackburn with Darwen.

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Saddle-up for the 2018 return of popular Rossendale mountain biking festival

Published on January 5, 2018 at 12:26 pm

Rossendale will again play host to an adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking festival this summer.

Northern Grip returns to the borough in 2018, taking place at Bacup’s Lee Quarry and the pump track at Stubbylee Park on Saturday, July 7 2018.

Fans of cycling can look forward to an exciting day of trails, new bike demonstrations and exhibitions, as well as live music and DJs playing into the night.

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Hundreds turn out to New Year’s Day duck race

Published on January 4, 2018 at 11:17 am

Hundreds of people braved the weather to enjoy Whitworth’s annual Duck Race on New Year’s Day.

A popular event in the Whitworth calendar, the ducks took to the water at the overflow of Cowm Reservoir on Tong End in the cold and blustery conditions.  In total over 1,300 ducks were sponsored and around 400 people turned out on the day in this growing event.

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Post-Christmas waste and recycling advice

Published on January 3, 2018 at 1:18 pm

With Christmas and New Year over for another year, Rossendale Council has issued some advice and guidance on what to do with some of the waste and recycling created as a result of the festive period.

‘Real’ Christmas trees

Please take your real Christmas tree to your nearest recycling site, where it will be taken away and turned into compost.

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Business backs Spinning Point plans

Published on January 2, 2018 at 3:51 pm

The future vision for Rawtenstall town centre has been praised by  the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.

The plans for phase two of the Spinning Point development were published just before Christmas. Councillor Andrew MacNae’s blog explains in more detail.

And now the Chamber has warmly welcomed the plans.

Miranda Baker, Chief Executive of the Chamber, said:

“The Chamber are delighted to see new investment plans coming forward for Spinning Point in Rawtenstall town centre, this kind of Council led development has the potential to significantly increase the economic and social success of the town centre as a viable and thriving community hub, bringing in new businesses across a wide range of leisure, hotel commercial and retail premises and boosting quality town centre accommodation.”

 

 

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Heavy Snow Warning

Published on December 28, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Heavy snow is expected to start between 4am and 5am on Friday, December 29th and is due to last for 4-5 hours. This could be followed with some lighter snow/sleet before rain begins to fall in the early to mid-afternoon.

Snow is predicted to fall to a depth of between 5-10 cm.

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Christmas and New Year pharmacy opening times

Published on December 22, 2017 at 9:42 am

Rossendale residents are reminded that pharmacy opening times will be different over the Christmas period.

Please find the times listed below.

Christmas Eve

(Sunday December 24)

Pharmacies will be open as normal. However some pharmacy opening times may vary. Please speak to your local pharmacy for more information.

Christmas Day

(Monday December 25)

  • Accrington Late Night Pharmacy, 188 Blackburn Road, Accrington, BB5 0AQ – 01254 351111, 10:00 – 20:00
  • Oswaldtwistle Pharmacy, 300 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, BB5 3JD, – 01254 3998980, 7:30 – 22:30
  • The Clitheroe Pharmacy, Unit 2, 32 King Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2EP – 01254 399898, 10:00 – 13:00
  • Huncoat Pharmacy, 20 Station Road, Huncoat, Lancashire, BB5 6LS – 01254 238823, 13:00 – 16:00
  • Village Pharmacy, 142 Burnley Road, Briercliffe, Burnley, BB10 2HJ – 01282 422015, 10:00 -13:00

Boxing Day

(Tuesday December 26)

  • Asda Pharmacy, Corporation Street, Colne,BB8 8LU –  01282 8701560, 09:00 -18:00
  • Asda Pharmacy, Hyndburn Road, Accrington, BB5 1QR – 01254 3064100, 09:00 -18:00
  • Asda Pharmacy, Holly Mount Way, Rawtenstall,BB4 8EE – 01706 242410, 09:00 – 18:00
  • Asda Pharmacy, Princess Way, Burnley, BB12 0EQ – 01282 838177, 09:00 – 18:00
  • Oswaldtwistle Pharmacy, 300 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, BB5 3JD – 01254 3998980, 7:30 – 22:30
  • Boots, 51 St James Street, Burnley, BB11 1QL – 01282 421934, 08:00 – 17:00
  • Lloydspharmacy, Active Way, Burnley, BB11 1BS – 01282 423998, 10:00 – 16:00
  • Lloydspharmacy, Windy Bank, Colne, BB8 9HY – 01282 663609, 10:00 – 16:00
  • Accrington Late Night Pharmacy, 188 Blackburn Road, Accrington, BB5 0AQ – 01254 351111, 10:00 – 20:00

New Year’s Eve

(Sunday December 31)

Pharmacies will be open as normal.

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Council calls for scores on the doors

Published on December 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Rossendale Council is lobbying the government for greater transparency for consumers when purchasing food.

The Council, following a motion at its full meeting in December, is asking the government to make it mandatory for eateries to display food hygiene ratings, as is currently the case in Wales and is soon to be introduced in Northern Ireland.

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Council approves the sale of Rosso to Transdev

Published on December 21, 2017 at 2:57 pm

 

At last night’s meeting (20th December) Rossendale Borough Council approved the sale of Rossendale Transport Limited (trading as Rosso) to Transdev Blazefield. The formal transfer will be completed in the next few weeks.

As part of the agreement, Transdev is planning to invest significantly in Rosso including spending in the region of £3 million on state-of-the-art new buses to be placed on the busiest routes to benefit the most people and the most communities.

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Council offices opening times

Published on December 21, 2017 at 2:06 pm

Residents should be aware that the opening times of the Council offices at Futures Park, Bacup will vary throughout the Christmas period.

Friday 22.12.17, 9-4pm

Monday 25.12.17, closed

Tuesday 26.12.17, closed

Wednesday 27.12.17, 9-5pm

Thursday 28.12.17, 9-5pm

Friday 29.12.17, 9-4pm

Monday 1.1.18, closed

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Have a healthy Christmas and make sure you cook your turkey properly

Published on December 21, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Christmas is the time of year when people get together at the dinner table and enjoy a family meal together. NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are reminding those who are hosting, to make sure you cook your turkey properly.

Firstly, if you buy a frozen turkey make sure you defrost it properly before you cook it.

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Spinning Point update

Published on December 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm

by Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure

As part of keeping residents and businesses up to date about the Spinning Point development, I have committed to writing a monthly blog of progress. This is the first one.

December has been an exciting month in terms of progress on the redevelopment of Rawtenstall Town Centre.

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Court hands out fine for cold and damp rental property

Published on December 19, 2017 at 12:56 pm

A company was ordered to pay over £4,000 for failure to tackle dampness and disrepair at a Rossendale property.

Blackburn Magistrates Court handed down a £3,600 fine, £718 costs and a £170 victim surcharge to the letting agents, Warburton, Dickinson and Pollard Partnership Limited, for not complying with improvement notices served under the Housing Act 2004.

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Proposed takeover of Council-owned bus operator announced

Published on December 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

Bus passengers in Rossendale, Bury and Rochdale could soon benefit from a multi-million-pound investment in new buses after plans were announced today for the local authority-owned bus operator Rosso to join the Transdev Blazefield group of companies.

Subject to approval from Council Members at a meeting on Wednesday (December 20, 2017) and to finalisation of the detailed terms of the deal, Rossendale Borough Council has reached an agreement in principle to sell its shares in Rosso to Transdev.

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Transformation of Waterfoot Town Centre

Published on December 14, 2017 at 3:56 pm

A new community space is steadily taking shape on the site of the former basketball courts in Waterfoot Centre.

Pupils from the Green Team at Waterfoot Primary School came down to site to take a closer look this week. They will be working alongside artist Alastair Price and Proffitts – Investing in Communities to learn more about the history of Waterfoot and of this site itself and turn their ideas into beautiful and unique designs which will be interpreted into permanent artwork for the site.

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Taster day at Stubbylee Park

Published on December 12, 2017 at 10:33 am

Are you over 25, looking for work and living in Bacup?  Do you want to get outside and learn new skills?

If so you might be interested in a new environmental project called MyPlace starting this week at Stubbylee Park.

It will see participants attend weekly sessions at the park, getting involved in practical conservation, bushcraft, mindfuness and other nature activities.

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Bin collection changes due to weather

Published on December 11, 2017 at 10:26 am

Due to the weather conditions, the waste and recycling teams were unable to complete all of last week’s collections.

The Council will be deploying additional resources tomorrow (Tuesday December 12) to catch up with these outstanding collections and would ask residents to leave their bins out for collection until we empty them.

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Council updates on plans to improve markets

Published on December 8, 2017 at 3:21 pm

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

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

Watch the videos here:

Rossendale markets plans

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

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

Published on December 7, 2017 at 11:59 am

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

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

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Draft plan for a Healthier Future in Pennine Lancashire published

Published on December 5, 2017 at 4:52 pm

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

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

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

Published on December 5, 2017 at 9:36 am

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

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

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Changes announced to garden waste collection scheme

Published on December 1, 2017 at 10:00 am

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

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

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

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Court hands out fines for failing to dispose of waste

Published on November 30, 2017 at 4:17 pm

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

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

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

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New planning blog by Councillor Christine Lamb

Published on November 30, 2017 at 1:17 pm

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

Local Plan Update

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

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Rossendale Council backs Small Business Saturday

Published on November 30, 2017 at 10:40 am

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

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

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

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Councillors to vote on bereavement charges

Published on November 22, 2017 at 2:40 pm

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

Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Operations, said:

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

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Rossendale Valley Heritage needs your memories

Published on November 22, 2017 at 8:51 am

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

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

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Council Leader updates on Spinning Point

Published on November 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm

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

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

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

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Christmas comes to Rossendale

Published on November 17, 2017 at 9:13 am

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

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

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

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Residents turn out to ‘talk to us’

Published on November 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

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

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

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Council praises lantern parade success

Published on November 9, 2017 at 10:57 am

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

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

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

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Borough comes together to remember fallen heroes

Published on November 9, 2017 at 10:30 am

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

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

You can get all the details of events here.

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

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Dog owner fined for not removing dog waste

Published on November 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm

A man was fined over £1,000 for repeatedly failing to clear up his dogs’ mess.

Matt Scott, 41, of Hud Rake, Haslingden, was ordered to pay a fine of £660, with £435 costs and a £66 victim surcharge at Burnley Magistrates Court.

Scott was prosecuted by Rossendale Borough Council for letting the waste of his two dogs accumulate on decking behind his house over a period of six months

He had failed to observe an abatement notice served by a Council Environmental Health Officer in June and as a result was prosecuted.

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