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Extended Access to GP Services Across East Lancashire

Published on March 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm

NHS East Lancashire CCG is pleased to announce that following the 12 week consultation and feedback from patients received in summer 2016, a consortium of GP Provider Organisations, which are made up of local GP practices, are collaborating together to develop and deliver new models of extended GP services.

The models, being developed by GP Provider Organisations and the CCG, involving patients from the beginning, will offer extended access to GP services across East Lancashire.

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Grants Secure the Future of VIC

Published on March 27, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Three grants have been awarded to Veterans In Communities to secure projects over the  coming years.

Their long-term funder the East Lancashire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has
approved a further grant for two years – a total of £160,000 – while £8,000 has been agreed by ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity and £21,710 from Heywood Middleton and Rochdale Social
Investment Fund.

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Council honours victims of London attacks

Published on March 23, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Rossendale Borough Council would like to offer its deepest sympathies and condolences to the victims of yesterday’s attack in Westminster.

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

We watched in horror with the rest of the country as yesterday’s events unfolded in London.

Our thoughts are with the victims and everyone else caught up in the attack.

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Information on Council Tax Bills

Published on March 17, 2017 at 8:50 am

Council Tax bills for the year April 2017 to March 2018 are being issued from 15th March 2016 and we wanted to provide some information so that you knew what each part of your bill means.

The Council has to send out a bill for every property in March each year.

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Top Marks in Leisure Trust’s School Report

Published on March 16, 2017 at 5:01 pm

Rossendale Leisure Trust reports super school stats in its end of year report for the Rossendale School Sports Partnership.

The Leisure Trust continues to grow and the latest stats from the school sports partnership, run alongside the games organiser at Fearns School (Nathan Bibby), shows that it is now in England’s top 10 based on Schools Games Key Performance Indicators.

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Solar Powers the Way at Rossendale Council’s Offices

Published on March 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm

In just over four years, the Council has generated £67k in savings from Solar Panels.

In 2012 Rossendale Council installed solar panels on the roof of its Futures Park Offices, in those 4 years and 4 months we have generated a total savings/income so far of just under £70k.

Based on this rate we will have paid for their installation just after October 2019 meaning that the £112k investment will be retuned back in just six years nine months.

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Help Overview and Scrutiny Develop the 2017/18 Work Programme

Published on March 16, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Each year the Overview and Scrutiny Committee chooses topics to include in the Annual Work Programme.

We welcome feedback from residents on what would be a good topic for the committee to look at.  We are looking for things that affect you and your community.  This could be something that is the Council’s responsibility, or the responsibility of one of our external partners.

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Haslingden Town Trail and Visitor Site Launched

Published on March 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Mayor and Leader join locals at the launch of new tourism work for Haslingden

The Mayor of Rossendale, Cllr Granville Morris joined the leader of Rossendale Council, Cllr Alyson Barnes and members of Haslingden Task Force for the launch of the new Haslingden branding, website and Town Trail on Tuesday 14th March at Haslingden Library.

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County Council Election Nomination Packs Now Available

Published on March 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Nomination packs for the forthcoming County Council elections will be available from Election Offices at Futures Park from 13 March 2017.  If you would like a pack please contact our elections team and we will prepare the relevant documents for you.

Telephone: 01706 252445

Elections Office, Futures Park, Bacup, Rossendale, Lancashire, OL13 0BB

Alternatively packs can be collected at the close of the candidates and agents briefing event to be held at 5.00pm in Room 210, Futures Park on Wednesday 15 March 2017.

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Could you be a Befriender?

Published on March 13, 2017 at 5:34 pm

Are you a good listener who is approachable and loves spending time with others?

The Rossendale Befriending Service aims to reduce social isolation for people and, if applicable, their partners or carers by arranging for a Volunteer Befriender to visit their home and provide some company.

Volunteer Befrienders are carefully selected and care is taken to match the needs and interests of the Befriendee.

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Neighbourhood Forum Grants 2016/17 – Deadline Approaching

Published on March 13, 2017 at 4:05 pm

A further round of Neighbourhood Forum Grants applications will be considered before the end of March.   

There are funds remaining in the Neighbourhood Forum Grants budget for 2016/17 so a further round of applications will be considered.

Neighbourhood Forums can give grants of up to £500 to external organisations that can provide added value to the residents of the Borough.  

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Event: Launch of new Haslingden branding and website Tuesday 14 March

Published on March 13, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Working with design company Osprey, Haslingden Task Force has developed a branding and website for the town with the strapline ‘Small Town Big Heart’ aimed at encouraging visitors to the town.  The website www.visithaslingden.com  and promotional materials including a flyer and town trail, will be launched on Tuesday 14th March at 4pm at Haslingden Library.

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Pump Track Triumph

Published on March 9, 2017 at 5:29 pm

New facility opens in Stubbylee Park to the delight of hundreds of local residents.

Organisers of the Pump Track opening event were delighted at the hundreds of people who turned out to see the latest completed edition to the Stubbylee Park Masterplan.

Riders of all ages and abilities took to the new pump track facility showing off their skills.

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Whitworth takes part in the Great British Spring Clean

Published on March 9, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Over the weekend from 3rd March to 5th March areas all over Great Britain have been meeting to ‘spring clean’ their towns and Whitworth is no exception. 

Thanks to the work of an exceptional group of volunteers ‘Keep Whitworth Tidy’, this weekend another 28 bags of rubbish were removed from local streets and public areas by sixteen volunteers. 

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Community Heroes Come Out in Force

Published on March 7, 2017 at 1:37 pm

The Great British Spring event saw lots of volunteers come out to help clean up their local community

Over 250 bags of litter were collected up over the weekend for the Council to remove following on from community clean up events across the Valley.

Rossendale Council’s Chief Executive Stuart Sugarman and Head of Operations Paul McHenry joined Cllr Lamb and Civic Pride Members for litter collecting in Newchurch on Friday.

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Local County Elections Are #OnYourDoorstep

Published on March 7, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Local County Council elections are on Thursday 4 May, make sure you are registered to vote in order to have your say.

You will decide who represents you in at County Council and who makes decisions on the  provision of local services delivered by Lancashire County Council.
You must be registered to be able to vote in the elections.

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Recognise Rossendale’s Fantastic Food Offer in the Lancashire Life Food Awards 2017

Published on March 7, 2017 at 10:22 am

From the only Temperance Bar in England to award winning tea rooms, Rossendale has an excellent food and drink offer which deserves to be celebrated.

Rossendale boasts plenty of top notch food establishments; make sure you nominate them for the Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards 2017.

The Lancashire Life Food & Drink Awards is undoubtedly one of the biggest events in the county’s calendar. 

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Don’t Use You Mobile Phone When Driving

Published on March 6, 2017 at 11:21 am

Lancashire Constabulary is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of using a mobile phone behind the wheel.

There are tough new penalties for those who flout the law.  From next week, Wednesday 1 March 2017, new legislation comes into effect that means motorists who are caught using a mobile whilst driving will receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine, doubling the previous punishment.

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Dog Barking Prosecution Success

Published on March 2, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Rossendale Council Officer’s work on night time noise nuisance sees positive results for a neighbour troubled by dog barking at night in Earby.

Environmental Health Officer at Rossendale Council work on out of hours noise nuisance calls through the night alongside fellow colleagues across Lancashire. Recently one such case resulted in a prosecution based on the work of our Officer.

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Be at the Stubbylee Pump Track Grand Opening

Published on March 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Saturday March 4th will see the grand opening of the eagerly awaiting pump track in Stubbylee Park as part of the regeneration masterplan.

The event will take place 12noon-3pm on Saturday March 3rd where people can ride the track for the very first time.

Bikes will be available to use and advice given by those who constructed the track, as well as refreshments.

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Whitworth Town Council hosts the 2017 Mayor’s Annual Celebration and Awards!

Published on March 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm

On Saturday 8 April 2017, the Mayor of Whitworth, Councillor Madeline De Souza, will be hosting the first ever annual celebration and awards evening. 

This year, this event will take the place of the Civic Dinner and aim to celebrate all we have to offer in Whitworth culminating in the presentation of some very special awards.

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Public invited to health decision-making meeting

Published on March 1, 2017 at 5:11 pm

The health programme responsible for putting together the Lancashire and South Cumbria STP is set to hold its next formal meeting in public.

The decision-making committee of Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria is inviting members of the public to Venue 53 at the University of Central Lancashire this Thursday, March 2 at 1pm.

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Call for Local Community Heroes

Published on February 27, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Rossendale Borough Council, together with Civic Pride groups, are calling on the community to step up and be a local hero as part of the national Great British Spring Clean Event to celebrate where we live.

The Great British Spring Clean event is taking place 3rd-5th March and we would like you to get involved.

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Lancashire continues to push for Combined Authority

Published on February 24, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Councils in Lancashire are waiting for the green light from Government to formally create a Combined Authority for the county as a decision to make the next step gets closer.

And leaders driving forward the proposals have said they will be pressing ahead despite the news that Fylde Council may be the second authority to pull out of the negotiations.

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Rossendale Woman of the Year 2017

Published on February 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm

For over a decade Rossendale Hospice has recognised and celebrated the achievements of remarkable women from the area.  

Nominations are open for Rossendale Woman of the Year 2017 – You can vote now!

This award gives the people of Rossendale an opportunity to recognise and support the amazing women who have made a significant contribution to our community.

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Breweries Wanted for the Pennine Way

Published on February 24, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Breweries are being invited to put forward a proposal to brew an official Pennine Way beer!

The Pennine Way is Britain’s oldest National Trail and undoubtedly its best known walking route. Over the past 50 years people have been embarking on this 268 mile journey along the spine of England, from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders.

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Council Grant Supports Community Website

Published on February 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

The REAL Directory community website is going from strength to strength and thanks to a grant from Rossendale Council the website is funded for the next 12 months.

The website, www.realtd.co.uk provides community information to people living or working in Rossendale and is now a significant source of information on community organisations and events in Rossendale. 

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Team Effort Keeps VIC Soldiering On to Final

Published on February 16, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Members of VIC were given five star treatment at the House of Lords as finalists in the  national Soldiering On Awards.

The champagne reception, in a marquee on the embankment of the River Thames, was an opportunity to share the work of VIC with the five other finalists in the category Working Together and to meet some of the judges.

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Call for Dog Mess Clean Up

Published on February 16, 2017 at 10:16 am

Environmental Health Officers are reminding dog owners to regularly clear up dog waste from back yards following an increase in the number of complaints about this.

Accumulation of dog mess, if left, is not only anti-social but can cause smells, flies and is extremely unhygienic.

Our Environmental Health Officers are encouraging people to make sure they clean up after their dogs in order to prevent unpleasant conditions and complaints from other residents.

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The Big Scoop

Published on February 14, 2017 at 8:30 am

It is said that ‘love changes everything’ and with this sentiment, we would like your help in changing the mind-set of the small minority of irresponsible owners who fail to Bag it and Bin it, with the release of the Dogs Trust’s new video…

Along with the Dogs Trust, we are urging dog owners to make the ultimate declaration of love this Valentines by pledging to pick up after their dog, and sharing the video using #DogsTrustBigScoop.

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Update from Valley Heritage

Published on February 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Valley Heritage is a charitable organisation that works with communities and like minded  partners to share and celebrate this rich heritage and bring our decaying historic buildings back to life for future generations to enjoy.

Their latest update newsletters (below) update on the work they’ve been involved in with the Bacup THI Project, Heritage Open Days, Waterside Mill in Bacup amongst others.

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Vote for Local Company Arthouse

Published on February 9, 2017 at 11:47 am

A Rossendale Company has been shortlisted for a prestigious international award – and it needs your help.

Arthouse Limited, which designs interior products such as wallpaper, wall art, mirrors and cushions, is in the running for a National Public Champions Awards, which are part the European Business Awards.

The company, which employs more than 70 people, will be battling with other UK businesses in a public vote.

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Grane Road Litter Pick Success

Published on February 6, 2017 at 3:56 pm

Work in January on Grane Road removes vast amount of dumped litter.

Rossendale Borough Council’s Park’s Team litter picked the verges and laybys on both side of the road from Haslingden Cemetery to the Hyndburn Boundary over 3 days- 16th to 18th January 2017.

Over the winter since we were last there, a build-up of litter and fly tipped items had seriously detracted from the natural beauty of the route.

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Update on Stubbylee Masterplan

Published on February 6, 2017 at 9:06 am

Pump Track work starts to take place to progress the Masterplan

As part of the Stubbylee Masterplan, we carried out consultation in April 2016 as we looked to develop the Pump Track project. This is basically a bike track made out of moulded earth that is used to develop Rider’s skills.

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Haslingden Task Force working to improve Haslingden

Published on February 3, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Haslingden Task Force is working on two key projects to support the continued development of the town. 

Rossendale Borough Council has provided £100,000 of funding through the Task Force to provide a catalyst to develop regeneration initiatives in Haslingden.

£50,000 has been allocated to the Shop Front Improvement Scheme through which business owners in the town centre can apply for grants for 50% of the cost of improving their shop front, up to a maximum of £2000.  

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Lancashire’s New Visitor Magazine 2017

Published on February 3, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Marketing Lancashire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Lancashire has announced the release of the Official Lancashire Visitor Magazine 2017.
At 146 pages the 2017 Lancashire Magazine is bigger than ever before and available at key attractions, gateways and information centres across the country. It is also available online at visitlancashire.com, the county’s official tourism website which enjoys 6 million page views a year.

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Rosso Long Service Awards Dinner

Published on February 3, 2017 at 9:01 am

Rosso held its first annual Long Service Awards Dinner at Sykeside Country Hotel, Haslingden, on Saturday 28 January 2017.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Rossendale. Cllr Granville Morris and his wife Susan were guests of honour and presented Long Service Certificates and gifts to 14 employees who between them have given a combined total of 400 years’ service to the Company and its predecessors.

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Mayor’s Charity Concert

Published on February 3, 2017 at 8:19 am

The Mayor’s Charity Concert will be held on Friday March 3rd 2017 at St. Peter’s Church, Haslingden, commencing at 7.30pm.

All proceeds are in aid of the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

Both the Rossendale Male Voice Choir under the musical directorship of Matthew Thomas and the 2nd Rossendale Scout Group Band, under the musical directorship of Graham Helm are performing a Special Mayors Charity Concert to support this year’s Mayor Councillor Granville Morris, Mayors Charity Fund.

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ORCHA App Could Benefit You

Published on February 2, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Nearly 2 million people in Lancashire and South Cumbria will for the first time be able to get easy access to the best-rated health apps available online.

Thousands of people in the area use apps every day to help manage health issues and medical conditions as well as to generally improve their health and wellbeing.

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£1.4m Flood Grants Investment into Rossendale

Published on January 27, 2017 at 6:29 pm

Over 300 properties have benefited from the Flood Resilience Grant opportunities to help protect them from future flooding following the devastating effects of the Boxing Day floods in 2015.

 We have received 295 Flood Resilience Grant applications which will benefit 321 properties in Rossendale.

The grant funding has meant that £1.4m worth of flood resilience and protection measures is being invested into Rossendale for our residents.

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Volunteers Wanted!

Published on January 27, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Proffitts are working on a project in Lumb with Peers Clough Farm which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project has 2 aims:

  • To hold 3 weeks’ worth of training with a Master Dry Stone Waller to repair a section of stone wall alongside a right of way.

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Information Spinning Point Sessions

Published on January 25, 2017 at 4:19 pm

Join us at one of our information sessions to find out all about the new bus station development for Rawtenstall.

Monday 30th Jan 12noon – 2pm

Tuesday 31st Jan 4-6pm

Wednesday 1st Feb 4-6pm

Wednesday 8th Feb 10am-12noon

Thursday 9th Feb 2-4pm

Friday 10th Feb – 12noon-2pm

All to be held at Kay St Baptist Church, Kay Street, Rawtenstall, BB4 7LS

Hoardings will shortly be going up around the development site and so we wanted to mark this work with some public information sessions on the project. 

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Rossendale Neighbourhood Forums meeting with a focus on Prevent

Published on January 24, 2017 at 2:32 pm

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

There are four Neighbourhood Forums in Rossendale covering Haslingden, Rawtenstall, Bacup and Whitworth.  The Forums, which are open to all local residents, are informal community meetings to allow networking and information sharing and any agreed action points. 

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Two Rossendale Schools Scoop Big Lottery Funding

Published on January 23, 2017 at 10:39 am

The two schools are amongst more than 500 projects that are sharing over £18m in funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

Almost twenty thousand pounds is set to be invested in Rossendale as two local schools are successful in their Big Lottery Fund bids.

Bacup St Saviour’s Community Primary School have been awarded £9,697 for their Forest Adventurers project.

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Grant Funding Available to Support Local Groups

Published on January 23, 2017 at 10:21 am

The latest round of the Rossendale Community Fund is now open for applications and local organisations are invited to apply for a grant from the Fund before the deadline of 21 February.

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

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Police and Crime Commissioner to Visit Bacup

Published on January 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm

Public meeting will be held with the Commissioner to discuss and understand how crime is tackled in the area.

A public meeting will be held at the Council Chamber at Futures Park, Bacup at 7pm on Thursday 16th February to give residents the opportunity to ask Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, about how crime is tackled in the Bacup area.

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Modernised Bacup Post Office Gets Stamp of Approval

Published on January 18, 2017 at 10:42 am

Bacup Post Office will be modernised and is set for longer opening hours as part of The Post Office’s new investment scheme.

The Post Office will open a newly modernised “main” Post Office at 5 Burnley Road, Bacup, OL13 8AA.

  • Opening hours increased to 46 hours a week
  • Convenient, quick service, new modern layout
  • Banking services for personal customers and small businesses
  • Bill payment, banking, benefits and travel money
  • Postage, home shopping returns, Local Collect
  • Financial Services Advice

The service, which will launch at 1pm on Monday 30 January, will be provided from four serving positions, one modern screened, two open plan and a Post Office serving point for use at the retail counter, which is available during shop opening hours offering selected services.

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2017/18 Budget Consultation

Published on January 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm

The Council is seeking views from any individual or organisation on its budget for 2017/18 and the financial challenges it faces over the medium term.

1 – The Council’s vision and corporate priorities are as follows:

Our Vision: By 2018 Rossendale will have strong communities with an enhanced environment and heritage.

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Rossendale Mayor’s Grand Draw

Published on January 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Raffle tickets are now available to be purchased for entry into the Mayor’s Grand Draw!

Prizes include: 2 Weeks S/C Accommodation in Tenerife, Annual Rossendale Leisure Trust Membership for a Family of Four, 43” Smart HD LED Television, £250 Holiday voucher- CBT Travel, plus others.

Tickets Only £2.00 Each.

Tickets are available from Stephanie Carroll, Democratic Services, please email your details to stephaniecarroll@rossendalebc.gov.uk

All proceeds will be donated to the Mayor’s chosen charities including: Northwest Ambulance Service, Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue, Veterans in communities, and other local charities.

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Candlelight Festival

Published on January 13, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Blackburn Cathedral is to host a special event celebrating the work done by public services in Lancashire.

The Candlelight Festival promises ‘a sequence of words and music from Epiphany to Candlemas’ and will honour the contribution of local government and NHS organisations to local communities across the County.

Staff members from public services, as well as members of the public, are all welcome to attend the event, which will take place on Sunday, February 5 at 6.30pm.

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Weather: Disruption to Bin Rounds

Published on January 13, 2017 at 11:39 am

Due to weather conditions waste and recycling collections for today (Friday 13th January 2017) will be delayed.

Crews have completed today’s waste and recycling collections from the majority of properties. In some instances, due to unsafe icy conditions on roads and back lanes, we have had to divert crews away to ensure safe passage, especially in areas where there are cars double parked.

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Postal Vote Signature Refresh

Published on January 5, 2017 at 9:07 am

Letters will be going out to those registered for postal voting as the annual refresh exercise takes place.

Those residents who chose to vote by post or proxy are required to provide a signature and date of birth when they first apply to prevent fraud and the possibility of someone else using your vote. 

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Work to Continue on New Cycle Routes in East Lancashire

Published on December 29, 2016 at 10:36 am

Work will resume to create a major cycle route linking towns in East Lancashire following a consultation on what people would like to see from the routes being developed in Rossendale.

The East Lancashire Cycleway Network aims to transform cycling in the area, making it easier for people to use their bikes to access opportunities by improving links to workplaces, schools, shops and services.

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Pensioner Fair Success

Published on December 23, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Rossendale Council attended the Pensioners Fair in November and was able to provide help and assistance to those who came, including one lady in particular.

When we attended the Pensioners Fair at Whitworth Civic Hall in November, one resident visited our stand enquiring if she could claim any help towards her rent.

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Good Luck PCSO Chris Hamer

Published on December 23, 2016 at 9:58 am

Local PCSO up for Police Twitter Award.

PCSO Chris Hamer is well known on his twitter account, keep residents of Rossendale up to date with his rounds on the beat, crime information and general advice on how to protect your home from burglars.

And it’s not only people in Rossendale who appreciate his work…PCSO Hamer is a finalist in the Best Tweeting PCSO category at this years Police Twitter Awards.

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Dumped Waste – Owner Fined in Court

Published on December 23, 2016 at 9:48 am

Council wins court case over resident’s failure to prevent pests from dumped waste.

Miss Angel Robertson of Thorn Bank, Bacup, left settees and a fridge in the front garden, leading to complaints from neighbours at the environmental issues this was causing. The court ordered that she is to be fined £660 and ordered to pay £314.68 costs and £77.65 compensation in her absence.

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Council Announcement on STAR and Domestic Abuse Support in Rossendale

Published on December 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Rossendale Council supports STAR via finance and business support to ensure a local provision remains in Rossendale.

Rossendale Council has today agreed to support local domestic abuse support provider The STAR Centre till March 31st 2017 following their unsuccessful bid for the pan-Lancashire contract under the Safe Together Consortium.

It was announced on Monday December 19th that the pan-Lancashire consortium, Safer Together, of which STAR was a member, were unsuccessful in their bid to be commissioned to run the victim support service.

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Lancashire County Council Adoption Event

Published on December 22, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Lancashire County Council is asking people to think about growing their family through adoption.

A special event will be held at County Hall to help people find out about adoption and the process involved. The information evening takes place on Tuesday 10th January for anyone who would like to find out more.

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Do You Care About Lancashire’s policing?

Published on December 21, 2016 at 2:34 pm

An opportunity is being offered to shape the future direction of policing in Lancashire.

The Police and Crime Panel, administered by Blackburn with Darwen Council on behalf of Lancashire, needs a new independent member. It was established to scrutinise and support the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

The important role is to assist the panel by providing independent challenge, making make sure that the views of the public are heard and also influencing policy decisions.

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Rossendale Borough Council Christmas and New Year Opening Information

Published on December 19, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Please note that the Council will be open over the Christmas and New Year period, apart from the Bank Holidays (Dec 26th, 27th and Jan 2nd).

The Council’s One Stop Shop and Futures Park offices will be closing at 4pm on Friday December 23rd and 30th.

Our waste collections will be operating as normal over this period.

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VIC Shortlisted for Prestigious Award

Published on December 19, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Veterans In Communities, based in Haslingden, are in the running for national award as they have been shortlisted for a prestigious national Soldiering On Award.

Chief Executive Liz Hamilton said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to be selected as finalists for  these prestigious awards. As a small local charity we never thought we would get this far.

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Balladen Winners for Fallbarn Park Signs

Published on December 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Fantastic new signs for Fallbarn Park!

The new junior play area at Fallbarn which was launched in October this year has just been made more welcoming by new signage designed by pupils at Balladen Community Primary School.

Pupils from years 2, 3, 5 and 6 all provided designs for the signs and the winners were chosen by members of the Friends of Fallbarn Park and staff from Proffitts – Investing in Communities.

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Funding Available from Lancashire Business Growth Fund

Published on December 19, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Hurry though, time runs out March 2017.

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and delivery partners Regenerate Pennine Lancashire and North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce have competitively secured £8 million from Round 6 of the Regional Growth Fund to stimulate enterprise across the County by providing grants and International Trade support to manufacturing businesses with the potential for economic growth.

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Christmas in Rossendale

Published on December 16, 2016 at 4:52 pm

Christmas in Rossendale is in full swing following light switch ons up and down the Valley.

Rawtenstall held their switch on event on Saturday November 26th with a vibrant and very busy town square Market. The town lights were switched on by Paralympic silver medallist Tom Hamer., to delight of the hundreds in the crowd.

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Planning Validation Checklist

Published on December 16, 2016 at 4:15 pm

The Council has now published it’s up to date Validation Criteria checklist in respect of applications submitted to the Local Planning Authority.

The document can be viewed at http://www.rossendale.gov.uk/downloads/download/318/validation_of_planning_and_other_applications_policy.

This document updates and replaces the Council’s previous  Validation Checklist (January 2011) and the Council’s Wind Energy Applications Supplementary Validation Policy (September 2012) and takes into account the provisions of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill and the Framework along with amendments to legislation.

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Council Teams Join Forces to Improve Living Standards

Published on December 12, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Rossendale Council’s Environmental Heath Team are working together with the Housing Options Team to improve the living standards in private rented property.

The Council’s Environmental Health Team have recently started inspecting property prior to a bond being given.

The result of this joint work has been improvements to the property whilst its unoccupied, to make it safer for future tenants.

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Rossendale Council Grants 2017/18 and 2018/19 Application Process Opens

Published on December 9, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Following Cabinet approval in November, Rossendale Borough Council has opened the application process for Rossendale Council Grants.  

Cllr Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council said;

“We recognise that these are difficult times for many people and there are some key challenges for Rossendale residents.  Although the Council still has to make savings, we have made £62,000 available each year for the next 2 years for the provision of targeted grants for services to support financial inclusion in Rossendale, and for small community grants through the Neighbourhood Forums.”

Financial exclusion refers to the difficulty that many people have in accessing welfare benefits or using mainstream financial services such as bank accounts, savings, loans, insurance and other products. 

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Consultation Open on New Public Realm Proposals

Published on December 8, 2016 at 11:04 am

Consultation on the new proposals for the public realm part of the Bacup THI Project is open till January 2nd 2017.

The new proposals, following previous consultation comments, can be viewed here and in the Bacup library.

Comments can be submitted via the THI website, emailing thi@rossendalebc.gov.uk or writing to Bacup THI Project, Rossendale Borough Council, The Business Centre, Bacup, OL13 0BB.

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Interpreting Acre Village Exhibition

Published on December 6, 2016 at 3:27 pm

The Friends of Acre Village have been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery for their Interpreting Acre Project.   The group is working with Proffitts, Lancashire County Council and Rossendale Borough Council with the aim of obtaining funding to preserve, restore and interpret the history of this interesting Victorian Village.

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Rossendale Town Centre, Retail, Leisure and Tourism Study

Published on December 6, 2016 at 2:29 pm

The Council has appointed White Young Green (WYG) to prepare a Town Centre, Retail, Leisure and Tourism Study. 

As part of this study a telephone survey has been commissioned which will be asking questions about retail, leisure, town centre and tourism related issues within Rossendale.  This will form part of the Evidence Base that will be used in preparing  the Local Plan. 

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Council Shows Its Support for White Ribbon Campaign

Published on December 5, 2016 at 5:14 pm

Management and Councillors from Rossendale Council today showed their support for the campaign again domestic violence.

Rossendale Council Management and Councillors were joined by the Mayor, Mayoress and Deputy Mayor of Rossendale today as they marked their internal day of supporting the White Ribbon Campaign and raising awareness of domestic violence.

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Residents Interested in Bacup THI Open Day

Published on December 5, 2016 at 4:48 pm

The Council’s Open Day for this project proved to be an informative session for local residents about the scheme and its future plans.

The local Bacup community were invited to come down to Saturday’s Open Day on the THI Project, organised by Rossendale Council, so that they could find out more information on what has already been achieved by the project and to see what is to come in future phases.

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Rossendale’s Tom is a Nominee for Young Sports Personality of the Year

Published on December 2, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Double Silver Winning Tom is hoping to make it into the final three of the prestigious BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Everyone in Rossendale will be aware that Tom Hamer, from Rawtenstall, won two silver medals in two separate events at the Rio Paralympics and set two British records in the process.

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Residents gather to debate shape of health and social care in East Lancashire

Published on November 28, 2016 at 9:12 am

Residents were invited to get involved, debate and help shape the future of health and social care in East Lancashire at a recent engagement event.

Around 40 residents gathered at Haslingden Community Link & Children’s Centre on the evening of Wednesday November 16, to give their views and ideas on what works well, what needs improving and how to face the challenges ahead.

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Information Relating to Planning Application 2015/0241

Published on November 24, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Application reference: 2015/0241

Appeal references: APP/B2355/W/16/3152975

Gate House Farm, Bamford Road, Ramsbottom, Bury, Lancashire, BL0 0RT

The Council wishes to notify that the Planning hearing scheduled for 29th November 2016 at 10:00am at Room 110, The Business Centre, Futures Park, Bacup, Lancashire, OL13 0BB has been cancelled. 

The Planning Inspectorate has changed the appeal procedure to written representations and therefore a hearing will not now take place. 

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Rossendale Council Supports White Ribbon Campaign

Published on November 24, 2016 at 2:18 pm

The national awareness day will be supported by Rossendale Council with 5th December being Rossendale Council’s internal day of awareness.

White Ribbon is an international campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence. The United Nations has designated 25 November as International Day for the elimination of violence against women and girls.

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Bacup THI Open Day Set to Showcase the Project

Published on November 24, 2016 at 11:38 am

Rossendale Council is organising an open day which will provide a chance to find out about the project so far and look at what is still to come from this heritage restoration project. 

The Open Day will be at the AB&D Centre, Burnley Road, Bacup, 10am – 2:30pm on Saturday December 3rd 2016.

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Start your Christmas in Rawtenstall

Published on November 23, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Rawtenstall Christmas Market and Lights Switch On – Saturday 26 November.

There will be a magical Christmas Market on the Town Square in Rawtenstall on Saturday 26 November featuring over 50 stalls selling handmade artisan products, street food, farmers market produce, gifts and clothing. The market, which is open from 11am through to 8pm, is organised by Mark Smith, organiser of the Rawtenstall Farmers Market, Jane Boys, organiser of The Clog Market, and Danny Solazzo, owner of Artisan, supported by Rossendale Borough Council.   

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Another Award for Civic Pride

Published on November 22, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Civic Pride have collected another award this month, this time in the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Its Your Neighbourhood’ competition.

Civic Pride entered The Old Fold Garden (opposite Mr Fitzpatrick’s Temperance Bar) and won a Level 4 Award for Thriving, a mere one point off Outstanding!

RHS Judge Stephen Lowe said;

“It was great to see how this area had been transformed…from a foreboding, litter strewn, overgrown forgotten corner, into a superb blast of colour which will lit the spirits of all who sit and enjoy the results of their hard work.”

RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood is a grassroots community gardening campaign helping people to make lasting improvements to their local environment.

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Council Joins in LGA’s #OurDay Campaign

Published on November 18, 2016 at 3:51 pm

On Tuesday Novemeber15th Rossendale Council took part in the Local Government Association’s (LGA) “Tweetathon” for their #OurDay campaign and we wanted to share the content with all those not on twitter as well.

#OurDay is organised by the LGA to focus on what services Councils provide, and to give communities a flavour of a typical day at the Council.

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Best in Business Awarded

Published on November 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

The Rossendale Business Awards were a huge success this year, demonstrating the strong, expansive business offer the Valley is home to.

The event, run by Valley at Work, marked its 7th year this year, and each time it gets bigger and better.  The selection of winners on the evening demonstrated the strength in tourism, creative business and enterprising people in Rossendale.

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Farm Collections Delayed Due to Weather

Published on November 18, 2016 at 9:01 am

Due to condition weather conditions Farm collections for Friday 18th November 2016 have been delayed.

Every effort will be made to complete today’s other collections where access is possible and it is safe to do so, however current conditions may result in limited success in areas on a gradient or where vehicle manoeuvrability is limited.

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Mayor Attends 100th Birthday Celebrations

Published on November 17, 2016 at 3:21 pm

The Mayor and Mayoress of Rossendale, Councillor Granville Morris and Mrs Susan Morris, visited Molly Barnes, Haslingden, this week to wish her a very Happy Birthday.

This year Molly is celebrating a very special birthday as she turned 100 years old on Wednesday 16th November, and her niece Pat Hutchinson arranged a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress as part of the celebrations.

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Weir War Memorial Given Grade II Listed Status

Published on November 17, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Historic England give listed status to Weir War Memorial.

The Secretary of State for Culture Media & Sport has added Weir War Memorial to the list of buildings of Special Architectural or Historic interest and has been granted Grade II listed status.

The announcement was made in time for Armistice Day and the Remembrance weekend, a special service was held at the memorial on Friday November 11th.

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Taxi Proposals Approved at Licensing Committee

Published on November 16, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Last night Rossendale Borough Councillors approved the recommended changes to the Council’s Taxi Licensing Policies following recent consultation.

The changes are being brought in by the Council in order to ensure we maintain the highest standards in public safety and to ensure that robust policies are in place providing transparent guidance to applicants, existing licence holders and all other stakeholders.

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Community Column: Where Has All the Litter Gone?

Published on November 16, 2016 at 9:17 am

Civic Pride rally Rossendale into becmoing litter free.

Walk down Bacup Road in Rawtenstall early on Sunday morning and you’ll doubtless see plenty of fast food litter, cans, bottles and cigarette ends strewn across the pavements. Take Away corner is a reminder of what most of Rossendale used to look like before Civic Pride and other volunteers got to grips with the problem.

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Mayor Supports Rossendale Hospice Youth Enterprise Challenge

Published on November 15, 2016 at 2:15 pm

The Mayor of Rossendale is taking part in the Youth Enterprise Challenge and attended the opening event recently.

Six Rossendale schools will take part in the challenge, using their entrepreneurial skills to raise money for Rossendale Hospice. Each year 10 school team will be joined by a business mentor from various local businesses to help them with their project.

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Let’s celebrate local government together! Rossendale Council is taking part in #OurDay

Published on November 15, 2016 at 8:51 am

From collecting waste to environmental health checks, and community grants to planning approval, the hundreds of vital local services delivered by councils will be brought to life in 140 characters when staff from Rossendale Council take part in a tweetathon on Tuesday 15 November.

We will be among thousands nationwide to tweet using the hashtag #OurDay, to give residents an insight into the hundreds of jobs councils do every day.

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Lancashire Tourism Awards – The Winners 2016

Published on November 14, 2016 at 1:51 pm

On Thursday 10 November, Blackburn Cathedral, the Cathedral of Lancashire was a stunning venue for Marketing Lancashire’s annual Lancashire Tourism Awards, supported by host sponsors Blackburn with Darwen Council and headline sponsor University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Bill Turnbull was guest presenter, entertaining the audience and guiding the event masterfully through eighteen awards.

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Council Thanks Those Who Attended Festival of Remembrance

Published on November 11, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Our Festival of Remembrance Concert was held at St Peter’s Church, Haslingden on Sunday 6th November 2016.

The concert was opened by a poignant reading from Christopher Kelly-Brown, who performed ‘A Wish’, a poem written by Maxine Kendall.

The Haslingden Concert Band played some well-known songs including the best of James Bond, Putting on the Ritz and Lord of the Dance, which had everybody clapping along.

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Preparing for Winter

Published on November 9, 2016 at 2:02 pm

With this cold weather upon us, we thought it may be worth sharing this link to report faults to Lancashire County Council, the highways authority in Rossendale. 

Lancashire County Council refill our grit bins, repair pot holes, fix broken street lights, unblock drains, grit our roads and many other functions all of which become more of an issue in the cold winter weather and calls are already increasing about these issues.

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Rossendale Council Statement on Industrial Action by the Local Taxi Trade

Published on November 8, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Rossendale Council has now had confirmation of the strike by the taxi trade, after circulating rumours that they intended to go on strike. They have notified us that the strike is a withdrawal of service and takes place with immediate effect on the morning of Wednesday 9th November 2016, however it is still unclear for how long the strike will last.

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Lancashire’s PROUD Awards

Published on November 4, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Inspiring children and young people from Lancashire can now be nominated to receive a recognition award as part of Lancashire Children and Young People’s PROUD Awards.

The awards recognise the successes and contributions made by looked after children and young people, or those who have previously been looked after.  A child is ‘looked after’ if they are in the care of the local authority for more than 24 hours.

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Community Column: Water Band’s 150th Birthday

Published on November 3, 2016 at 4:48 pm

2016 is Water Band’s 150th year. To celebrate we’re having ‘A Bit Of A Do’ at the bandroom on Saturday 12th November between 3pm and 7.30pm and we would like to invite you along to help us mark this momentous occasion.

We are inviting past players and social members of the band, relatives of current and past players, friends and neighbours of the band, organisers who have booked the band this year, and anyone with an interest in Water Band and its aims.

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