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Rail link ‘on track’ as planning group set up

Published on March 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm

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

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

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Pioneering scheme to get people back into work hailed a success

Published on March 14, 2019 at 4:50 pm

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

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

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

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Be part of the big pick

Published on March 13, 2019 at 11:46 am

Join the country’s biggest-ever Spring clean and help make Rossendale tidy.

The Great British Spring Clean takes place from 22nd March – 23rd April 2019 across the UK, organised by Keep Britain Tidy – and we need you to take action to improve the environment on your doorstep by joining the country’s biggest mass-participation environmental campaign.

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Council announces Rawtenstall market partnership plans

Published on March 12, 2019 at 5:31 pm

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

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

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

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

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Civic Pride latest blog: Tackling river rubbish

Published on March 12, 2019 at 2:52 pm

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

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

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Council statement on parking in Rawtenstall

Published on March 11, 2019 at 4:25 pm

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

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

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Council welcomes leisure partnership announcement

Published on March 11, 2019 at 4:17 pm

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

Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, said:

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

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Be part of the big pick!

Published on March 7, 2019 at 4:15 pm

Join the country’s biggest-ever Spring clean and help make Rossendale tidy.

The Great British Spring Clean takes place from 22nd March – 23rd April 2019 across the UK, organised by Keep Britain Tidy – and we need you to take action to improve the environment on your doorstep by joining the country’s biggest mass-participation environmental campaign.

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Ceremony marks progress on bus station

Published on March 5, 2019 at 6:01 pm

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

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

Transdev has committed to using the new bus station.

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

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Councillors agree Haslingden match funding

Published on March 1, 2019 at 1:40 pm

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

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

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

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Fountain renovation given green light

Published on February 27, 2019 at 7:34 pm

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

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

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

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Consultation launched on dog control orders

Published on February 26, 2019 at 7:42 pm

Rossendale Council is asking for views on proposals to renew the borough’s dog control orders.

The consultation can be viewed here. It closes in April.

Councillor Jackie Oakes, portfolio holder for operations, said:

“We want to hear people’s views on this. Dog control orders are not something new. They have been around for a few years but we have to review them regularly.

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Council announces new funding bids for Haslingden and Bacup

Published on February 21, 2019 at 4:18 pm

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

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

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

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New video lifts lid on planning enforcement

Published on February 21, 2019 at 11:12 am

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

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

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

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Bacup man caught on camera throwing dog waste into River Irwell

Published on February 19, 2019 at 1:42 pm

A pensioner has been ordered to pay more than £300 after he was recorded disposing of his dog waste in the river six times.

Geoffrey Wright of Lee Road, Bacup, was caught throwing the waste between 12th and 14th October 2018. He has ordered to pay £200 legal costs to Rossendale Borough Council and £133.34 for investigations costs.

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Green progress for taxi trips in Rossendale

Published on February 18, 2019 at 1:56 pm

Funding has been granted to Rossendale Borough Council to install electric charge points for taxis.

The Department for Transport has announced it will provide £630K across Lancashire in funding to support ultra-low emission taxis – with four charging points to be installed across Rossendale.

The successful bid will see the installation of 24 charge points – four per council area – across Lancashire.

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Council supports Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

Published on February 14, 2019 at 1:48 pm

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

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

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Historic town hall officially re-opened after renovation works

Published on February 13, 2019 at 2:32 pm

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

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

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

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Council sends Rossendale tree felling warning

Published on February 12, 2019 at 2:48 pm

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

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

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Council update on Future High Streets Fund bid

Published on February 11, 2019 at 1:35 pm

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

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

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

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Council leader delighted premier mountain biking event returns to borough

Published on February 7, 2019 at 4:14 pm

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

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

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

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Council leader statement on parking in Rossendale

Published on February 5, 2019 at 4:44 pm

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

Responding to the concerns, Council leader Alyson Barnes said:

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

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Council leader responds to transport plan publication

Published on February 4, 2019 at 1:25 pm

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

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

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

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Council outlines budget proposals for 2019/20

Published on February 1, 2019 at 3:12 pm

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

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

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

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Alpine café culture comes to The Hill

Published on January 31, 2019 at 12:38 pm

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

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

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Leader marks day to remember genocide victims

Published on January 27, 2019 at 9:57 am

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

Marking the day, Council leader Alyson Barnes said:

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

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Council backs credit unions

Published on January 23, 2019 at 4:38 pm

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

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

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Join fun and historic walk around beautiful Bacup

Published on January 22, 2019 at 3:19 pm

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

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

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Change your life and download the Sugar Smart app today

Published on January 16, 2019 at 11:28 am

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

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

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Travellers vacate LCC land near Futures Park  

Published on January 16, 2019 at 10:57 am

Rossendale Council has issued the following update:

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

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

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New chance for groups to apply for Rossendale Community Fund

Published on January 15, 2019 at 1:31 pm

Local organisations are invited to apply for a grant of up to £750 from the Fund before the deadline of February 22nd.

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

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Statement on Tesco Rawtenstall

Published on January 11, 2019 at 4:37 pm

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

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

Councillor Alyson Barnes, leader of the Council, said:

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

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Bacup THI update from the interim chair

Published on January 10, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Happy New Year everyone. I hope everyone had a safe and peaceful start to 2019.

I am delighted to see a new business has moved into the town as a result of the improvements brought about by the THI funding . The funding has made a real difference to the area and I was really pleased to see lots of positive comments to the before and after pictures our brilliant project officer released on the THI’s Facebook page.

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THI Chair welcomes new business to Bacup

Published on January 7, 2019 at 3:53 pm

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

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

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Blog: a new volunteer for Civic Pride

Published on January 3, 2019 at 4:24 pm

Happy New Year.

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

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New team cracks down on litter louts

Published on January 3, 2019 at 11:24 am

People dropping litter, flytipping and dog fouling in Rossendale have been hit by fines following the introduction of a specialist enforcement team.

The on-the spot-fines have been issued by District Enforcement, which started a 12-month trial across Rossendale on December 3rd.

Dedicated officers will patrol the borough’s streets and parks seven days a week, targeting hot-spots identified by the Council.

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Merry Christmas from the leader

Published on December 24, 2018 at 10:45 am

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

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

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Shop owner fined over shutters

Published on December 21, 2018 at 12:29 pm

A business owner has been ordered to pay £405 following a row over shop shutters.

Syeda Monzu Uddin, owner of Haslingden Food Store, appeared at Burnley Magistrates Court charged with non-compliance with an Enforcement Notice and was fined £200 with costs of £175 and a victim surcharge of £30.

Action was taken by Rossendale Council in August to remove roller shutters from the Haslingden Food Store after the owner did not comply with an order to take the shutters down.

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Spinning Point further update

Published on December 19, 2018 at 2:16 pm

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

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

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Enforcement notice success for Council

Published on December 19, 2018 at 10:21 am

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

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

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

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

Published on December 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm

 

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

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

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

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Council welcomes Lancashire business rates announcement

Published on December 17, 2018 at 10:32 am

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

Rossendale Council welcomed the news.

Andrew Walmsley, Portfolio Holder for Resources, said:

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

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Boxing clubs join the fight to end violence against women

Published on December 14, 2018 at 10:49 am

Men and women boxers joined up to support the White Ribbon Campaign.

A partnership between Rossendale Leisure Trust and Rossendale Borough Council promoted the campaign at local boxing clubs –  Community Boxing Club in Rawtenstall, Pioneer Gym in Bacup and Boxing Bootcamp in Haslingden.

The core of the national White Ribbon campaign is ending violence against women and those signing up take the pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women and girls.

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Business leaders back rail link bid

Published on December 14, 2018 at 10:10 am

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

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

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Spinning Point update

Published on December 13, 2018 at 3:55 pm

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

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

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

Published on December 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm

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

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

What the strategy means for Rossendale:

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

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

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Community groups invited to apply for grants

Published on December 10, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Applications for community grants are now open at Rossendale Council.

There is a closing date of Monday, 7th January 2019. Grants will be available to cover the 3 financial years  –  2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22.

The allocation of up to £62,000 funding for Rossendale Council Grants and Community Partnership Grants was approved by the Council’s Cabinet on 28th November.

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Bacup THI update: Christmas/fountain/irresponsible car parking

Published on December 5, 2018 at 4:42 pm

Following the latest board meeting of the Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative, acting chair Councillor Jackie Oakes has published the following statement.

“At the weekend, we saw the community come together to enjoy a superb Christmas lights switch-on. I want to pay special tribute to all the volunteers who made this fantastic event possible.

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Rossendale railway ‘on track’ for Manchester link

Published on December 4, 2018 at 3:37 pm

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

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

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Leader hails Small Business Saturday

Published on December 3, 2018 at 3:18 pm

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

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

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

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Residents’ views sought on Rossendale town centres

Published on November 30, 2018 at 2:42 pm

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

Two new surveys are asking for residents’ views.

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

Complete the Bacup survey here

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

Complete the Haslingden survey here

 

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“Disgusting” offenders sought after rotting chicken dumped in Bacup

Published on November 30, 2018 at 11:32 am

The hunt is on for culprits as hundreds of rotting chicken legs were found dumped in Bacup.

The chicken legs were discovered dumped off The Sidings in Bacup. Staff cleaning up the waste had to be protected with specialist coveralls to prevent contamination from the rotting chicken.

The clean-up team estimated there were hundreds of chicken legs on the steep banking on Tuesday, November 20th.

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Crackdown on littering and dog fouling starts next week

Published on November 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm

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

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

Two dedicated officers will patrol the borough’s streets and parks seven days a week, targeting hot-spots identified by the council.

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Happy Lancashire Day

Published on November 27, 2018 at 6:02 pm

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

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

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

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Leader looks forward to Westminster visit to discuss rail link

Published on November 22, 2018 at 11:20 am

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

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

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New bin wagons roll-out in Rossendale

Published on November 21, 2018 at 11:28 am

A trio of new bin wagons are being mobilised on the streets of Rossendale.

The refuse collection vehicles have been introduced by Rossendale Council as part of a rolling five-year programme to start replacing its ageing fleet of vehicles and improve the service given to residents.

The two 26 tonne and one 12 tonne wagons cost £456,550 in total and will help boost recycling targets, as well as cut down on maintenance costs, vehicle downtime and improve capacity for staff at the Council’s Henrietta Street depot.

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Councillor pleased at Victoria Park flooding improvements

Published on November 19, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Work has begun to make a Haslingden play area better cope with heavy rain.

Victoria Park play area is prone to flooding when bad weather hits so Rossendale Council has invested in improvements such as raising the ground level of the area to help with drainage and fitting new matting.

Welcoming the improvements,  Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Operations, said:

“We know flooding has been a major issue in Victoria Park when it rains heavily and this is the most cost effective and efficient solution to the problem.

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Rossendale ready for Christmas as the borough lights up

Published on November 15, 2018 at 11:08 am

Christmas lights are switching on all over Rossendale with family friendly fun for all.

In Rawtenstall, Saturday, November 24th will see the town’s lights switch on at the Christmas Clog Market on the Town Square.

The market will take place between 10am and 5pm with artisan stalls, brass band, community choir and food and drink, and the lights switch on takes place at 5pm.

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Statement on County Council’s household waste recycling centre proposals

Published on November 15, 2018 at 9:48 am

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

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

Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Operations, said:

“We are very worried about this proposal.

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Leader praises borough’s remembrance

Published on November 12, 2018 at 5:26 pm

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

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

Councillor Alyson Barnes said:

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

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Council leader welcomes rail link news

Published on November 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm

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

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

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Rawtenstall centenary beacon

Published on November 8, 2018 at 9:46 am

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

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

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

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Rossendale remembers

Published on November 7, 2018 at 11:08 am

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

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

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

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Keeping visitors to Rawtenstall posted

Published on November 2, 2018 at 2:35 pm

Visitors to Rawtenstall town centre will find it easier to get around and discover things to do thanks to refurbished signposts.

The town’s eight traditional fingerposts, which point to popular attractions such as the ski slope, the shops and the market, have been refurbished. They were in a poor state of repair with some fingers pointing the wrong way or to places which no longer exist, illegible text and missing fingers.

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Trustees sign lease to take over running of local community centre

Published on November 1, 2018 at 1:52 pm

Trustees of a Rossendale community association are celebrating after signing a lease to officially take over the running of a local community centre.

The Whitewell Bottom Community Association has signed a 99-year lease for the Whitewell Bottom community centre, taking it off the hands of Lancashire County Council.

The process has been several years in the making, with the group producing a business plan and eventually being successful in completing a community asset transfer.

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Share your ideas for Haslingden town centre

Published on November 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

Businesses and residents are being urged to help bring potential investment into Haslingden town centre.

The Haslingden Taskforce wants to hear ideas from all quarters on how to improve the area as it aims to attract significant, external funding for regeneration.

The taskforce, made up of councillors, residents, businesses, community groups and council officers, is holding drop-in sessions at Haslingden Library on:

  • Thursday, November 29 – 10am-2pm
  • Tuesday, December 4 – 3pm-6pm
  • Saturday, January 12 – 10am-1pm

They are an opportunity for people to say what improvements they think would make the town centre more attractive to locals and visitors.

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Whitworth remembers

Published on October 31, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Whitworth Town Council is taking part in the international Battle’s Over commemorations to mark 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.

The event on November 11 will start with a lone bugler playing the Last Post at Lobden Golf Club at 6.55pm. A commemorative beacon will then be lit at the top of Brown Wardle Hill at 7pm and the bells at St Bartholomew’s Church will ring out for peace at 7.05pm.

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Don’t get a scare, be Halloween and Bonfire aware!

Published on October 30, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Be scary but safe this Halloween and Bonfire Night by following fire safety advice.

It’s the time of year for the spooky celebrations and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) are sharing tips in the lead up to two of the biggest nights in the Autumnal calendar.

These two dates are renowned for big events, large groups of people being outside and lots of fun.

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Council employability project shortlisted for award

Published on October 26, 2018 at 4:05 pm

A unique project that tackles employability barriers has been short-listed for a prestigious award.

In just six months, Rossendale Works has led to 16 people finding work, 19 more on employer placements and a further 30 getting mentally and physically fitter through Active Lancashire activities.

On November 23, at the Lancashire Sports Awards at the Blackpool Hotel and Conference Centre, Rossendale Works Employability Project is one of five finalists in the Project of the Year category.

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Tapestry of River Irwell on display in Bacup on Saturday

Published on October 26, 2018 at 3:37 pm

A stunning tapestry has created a celebration of the River Irwell and left a lasting legacy of Bacup’s heritage work.

Each of the four pieces weaves together the story of the River Irwell with the history of the Bacup area.

Community Artist Ruth Evans was commissioned to hold a series of workshops to empower local people to create art work which she then combined into the panels.

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Council welcomes national move on taxi licensing

Published on October 24, 2018 at 10:55 am

Rossendale Council has welcomed news that the Government is looking at overhauling national standards for taxi drivers in a move to improve passenger safety.

The news comes via a new publication that is the result of a Government-backed review into the industry.

It makes 34 recommendations across a wide range of areas including an urgent review of legislation and introduction of a national minimum standard for taxi licensing.

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BLOG: volunteers transform memorial ground

Published on October 18, 2018 at 11:21 am

It’s taken two years and four hardworking Civic Pride (Rossendale) volunteers – and now Trickett’s Memorial Ground in Waterfoot  is ready for Remembrance Day.

Brambles cleared, areas newly planted and a huge hanging planter in the centre of the main lawn started to attract the attention of passers-by in the first few months.

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Leader backs Hate Crime Awareness Week

Published on October 16, 2018 at 3:06 pm

This week is Hate Crime Awareness Week, a week dedicated to raise awareness of hate crime.

To mark the HCAW, the leader of the Council, Councillor Alyson Barnes, said:

“Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity

“It is appalling and it can destroy lives.

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Council urges owners on empty properties

Published on October 16, 2018 at 10:23 am

Rossendale Council officer, Heather Mullins, is tasked with bringing empty properties back into use in the borough.

Her work is part of the Council’s vision to ensure that the people of Rossendale have access to decent affordable housing that enables a good quality of life.

And as the national Empty Homes Week 2018 continues, Heather is urging more landlords and property owners to use the Council’s services to help bring empty properties back into use.

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Crackdown on littering, dog fouling and flytipping approved

Published on October 11, 2018 at 5:01 pm

A 12-month trial to tackle people who blight the borough has been approved.

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

Two dedicated officers will patrol the borough’s streets and parks seven days a week, targeting hot-spots identified by the council.

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Rossendale rail link study launched

Published on October 11, 2018 at 11:32 am

Rossendale Council, working in partnership with Lancashire County Council, has commissioned the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) consultants to explore the potential for rail connections to the borough.

The study will look at the early strategic case for investment for the Rawtenstall to Manchester corridor. This would involve tram-trains, accessing the Metrolink network at Buckley Wells (Bury) or alternatively using a heavy rail curve at Castleton.

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Popular mountain biking event returns to Rossendale this weekend

Published on October 4, 2018 at 3:17 pm

A popular free mountain biking event is returning to Rossendale this weekend promising some high octane thrills and spills in the heart of the borough.

The Hope/PMBA Series Enduro Finale is set to take over the Lee Quarry Mountain Bike Trail in Bacup on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 from 9-6pm both days.

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Last chance to have say on Local Plan consultation

Published on October 4, 2018 at 1:14 pm

Consultation on the pre-submission publication version of the Rossendale Local Plan will end at midnight on Friday October, 5.

This is the version of the Local Plan that the Council intends to submit for independent examination.

The draft policies, proposed allocations and the online questionnaire for comments can be viewed online and paper copies of the documents are available to view at the One Stop Shop at Futures park, Whitworth Town Council offices and all libraries within Rossendale.

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Digital boost for Rossendale businesses

Published on October 3, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Rossendale businesses found out how to improve their digital marketing skills at a day-long session at Futures Park in Bacup.

The free event organised by Rossendale Council and Google Digital Garage was made up of four workshops.

Led by Adam Raja from the digital garage, they covered how to build a digital marketing plan, an introduction to digital advertising, social media strategy and writing for social media.

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New proposals to deter people from blighting the borough

Published on October 3, 2018 at 9:38 am

Rossendale Council could bring in a private company to crack down on littering, flytipping and dog fouling.

A proposed 12-month trial would allow private enforcement officers from the firm District Enforcement to issue on-the-spot fines across the borough for the offences.

Two dedicated officers would patrol the borough’s streets and parks seven days a week, targeting hot-spots identified by the council.

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Bacup THI Board statement on roadwork delays

Published on October 2, 2018 at 3:59 pm

Following on from Lancashire County Council’s announcement about the completion of the Bacup roadworks being delayed, the Townscape Heritage Initiative Board has released this statement.

Acting chair Councillor Jackie Oakes said:

“Lancashire County Council have told us the expected completion of highways improvements as part of the Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) will be delayed.

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Royal stamp of approval for Rawtenstall

Published on September 25, 2018 at 4:59 pm

The UK’s leading planning body toured Rawtenstall’s award-winning town centre developments.

Two senior members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) visited the McDonald’s drive thru restaurant and Spinning Point.

Rossendale Council won the best practice award at the 2017 RTPI North West Awards for Planning Excellence for the McDonald’s development.

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Let’s get recycling right

Published on September 24, 2018 at 9:50 am

Rossendale Council is supporting national Recycle Week.

Organised by Recycle Now, it is encouraging residents to go “above and beyond” to protect the environment by getting their recycling right.

This means not only recycling but making sure that we put the right things in the right bin.

Recycle Now, the national recycling campaign for England, says people are more motivated than ever to care about the environment thanks to things like the hit TV show Blue Planet II and the campaign to cut unnecessary plastic.

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Support to help people with disabilities stay in their own home

Published on September 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Disabled people in Rossendale could receive more financial support if they need to adapt their house or install specialist equipment.

Councillors have agreed to use discretionary powers which will help some residents meet the substantial cost of making these alterations.

It means that the maximum disabled facilities grant a household could receive will be increased from £30,000 to £60,000.

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Make sure you have a voice

Published on September 14, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Rossendale residents are being encouraged to return their household enquiry form.

The form ensures that Rossendale Council can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

With local elections taking place in Rossendale in May 2019, it is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can vote and have their say on matters that affect them.

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Former town hall opens its doors following restoration 

Published on September 14, 2018 at 11:42 am

People can have a look round the renovated Rawtenstall Town Hall.

The RTB Partnership is inviting members of the public to take a free tour of the building before it is handed over to housing provider Together Housing.

After lying empty for more than ten years, the former town hall has been restored to create modern office space in a stunning historic setting.

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First World War 100th anniversary concert

Published on September 14, 2018 at 10:36 am

People can say “thank you” to the First World War generation at Rossendale Council’s annual Festival of Remembrance Concert.

The event takes place at St Peter’s Church, Haslingden, at 4pm on November 4. It will feature Haslingden Concert Band and the Veterans In Communities Singing Group.

The Mayor of Rossendale, Councillor Ann Kenyon, will attend.

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Have your say on NHS policies

Published on September 13, 2018 at 4:13 pm

NHS East Lancashire and NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are working in partnership with the other six CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria to review clinical policies across the region.

The eight CCGs across Lancashire and South Cumbria have all agreed that there is a need to review their policies to: ensure a consistent and fair approach across the region; update current policies in accordance with National Guidelines and best clinical practice and to make sure it is using its limited resources to maximum effect.

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Council publishes report on excess winter deaths

Published on September 13, 2018 at 10:43 am

The council has published a report on excess winter deaths in the borough.

It has found that the rate of excess winter deaths is not significantly higher than that across England but recommends closer partnership working to tackle the issue.

A group of five Rossendale councillors was convened earlier this year to look into the issue.

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Former Dragons’ Den star launches Invest in Rossendale

Published on September 10, 2018 at 5:15 pm

A dragon returned to his roots to breathe fire into a new initiative to support, promote and boost businesses in Rossendale.

The Rossendale Council-led scheme Invest in Rossendale was launched at The Riverside in Whitworth by Bacup-born Piers Linney.

An audience of 180 people listened intently as Piers outlined his career from failing his 11-plus to succeeding as a millionaire investor.

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Help to improve your local community

Published on September 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm

People are being urged to have their say on improving their neighbourhoods.

Rossendale’s four community partnerships for Bacup, Haslingden, Rawtenstall and Whitworth are producing community action plans for their local areas.

Each plan will have six themes: community safety, environment, leisure, health and wellbeing, transport and the local economy.

The partnerships have begun getting people to tell them what they like about their neighbourhoods, what needs to change and how these changes could take place.

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Adrian is on his marks for the Great North Run

Published on September 7, 2018 at 11:00 am

A council worker is taking on the world’s largest half marathon in aid of charity.

Adrian Smith, principal planning officer for Rossendale Council, we be among the 57,000 runners taking part in the Great North Run on Sunday (September 9).

He is raising money for Open Doors which supports Christians around the world who have been persecuted for their faith, providing vital aid and support to displaced families.

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Rushcart celebration brings out the crowds

Published on September 6, 2018 at 11:58 am

The sun shone on the crowds at the annual Whitworth rushcart celebration.

The traditional procession led by the rushcart featured numerous morris dance troupes, including the famous Britannia Coconutters and the Whitworth Morris Men.

Whitworth’s rushcart history goes back hundreds of years to when rushes were taken to church on a cart.

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