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Christmas lights bring festive sparkle to Rossendale

Published on November 19, 2019 at 9:43 am

Rossendale is set to glitter this Christmas as festive lights turn on across the borough.

Fun performances, parades and tasty food will entertain the crowds before the lights turn on to mark the official start of Christmas.

Whitworth is first to light up on Sunday, November 24th at the Civic Hall at 6pm.

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Trafford tour gives food for thought for Bacup regeneration

Published on November 14, 2019 at 2:34 pm

A fact-finding tour of Manchester’s Trafford towns gave some inspiration for the regeneration of Bacup town centre.

The ‘seeing is believing’ tour was organised by Rossendale Council’s Economic Development Unit in conjunction with IntoPlaces, a consultancy borne out of the team that led Altrincham Forward.

Council representatives, along with residents from business, heritage and the community, hopped on a bus to visit Urmston and Altrincham.

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Landmark building to be transformed

Published on November 6, 2019 at 11:35 am

A landmark building in Bacup town centre is to be transformed and preserved for future generations to use.

The iconic Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank, on the corner of Market Street and Union Street, stands proud with its corner turret, four Harry Potter-esque gargoyles, three shields and two lions – even the bank safe remains in the basement.

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Special Remembrance event for Bacup

Published on October 25, 2019 at 11:45 am

A moving Remembrance concert will be taking place in Bacup on Sunday, November 3rd.

The Festival of Remembrance Concert event will take place at Acre Mill Baptist Church on Hammond Avenue, starting at 2.30pm.

It will feature the Rossendale Male Voice Choir and the Stacksteads Band.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

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Friends group celebrate Stubbylee Park success

Published on October 8, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Members of the Friends of Stubbylee Park met up with Rossendale Council staff to celebrate the park’s recent awards success.

The group were celebrating Stubbylee Park being placed in the top 15 of the Fields In Trust UK’s Best Park awards.

Over 36,000 votes were cast and Stubbylee was named 11th out of the 55 nominated parks in the North West.

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Council secures funding for further Futures Park development

Published on October 7, 2019 at 4:04 pm

Rossendale Council has successfully bid for more than £1.5m to support further development at Futures Park.

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Board (LEP) agreed Growth Deal funding to deliver improvements to the site which will help support its future growth.

The money will fund improvements to the main road junction as well as flood prevention works on plot one.

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Survey launched on vision for Bacup

Published on September 30, 2019 at 4:10 pm

The views of Rossendale’s residents are being sought to help influence the final version of a masterplan laying out the future vision for Bacup.

An emerging Bacup 2040 Vision and Masterplan was published in March following five months of extensive community consultation.

Now a further 6-week consultation will invite further thoughts and feedback to help finalise the document.

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Council delight at successful Bacup bid

Published on September 14, 2019 at 8:45 am

Bacup is to benefit from £1.1m to help restore and repurpose some of the town’s historic buildings including the former Regal Cinema.

In July, the Council applied to Historic England’s High Streets Historic Action Zone funds to revive 29 buildings in the town and also establish a Heritage Action Zone.
Today (Saturday, September 14), Historic England announced Bacup’s bid had been successful.

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Play area officially opens as “Top 15” Stubbylee Park impresses

Published on September 4, 2019 at 11:45 am

A Rossendale play area has officially opened after undergoing an £80k transformation.

The equipment in Stubbylee Park has been upgraded to include a jungle climber, five-way swing, scooter roundabout, music cottage, wizard’s hideaway and a cradle seat swing.

Bacup Pride and Newground  worked with Rossendale Council to secure the funding from Viridor Credits Environmental Company and Lancashire Environmental Fund.

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Bacup’s Future High Streets Fund bid success

Published on August 28, 2019 at 10:19 am

Rossendale Council has welcomed news that Bacup has been included in an expanded list of towns that have progressed in a bid to benefit from the Government’s £1 billion Future High Streets Fund.

The Council has made improving the borough’s town centres its number one economic development strategy priority.

Following this decision, time and resources have been concentrated to try to bring much needed new investment in.

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Transformed Bacup play area to be officially opened

Published on August 19, 2019 at 3:51 pm

A Rossendale play area is set to officially open after undergoing an £80k transformation.

The equipment at Moorlands play area in Stubbylee Park has been upgraded to include a jungle climber, five-way swing, scooter roundabout, music cottage, wizard’s hideaway and a cradle seat swing.

Rossendale Council worked with Bacup Pride to secure the funding from Viridor Credits Environmental Company and Lancashire Environmental Fund.

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Still time to vote Stubbylee Park best park in the UK

Published on August 12, 2019 at 11:19 am

Watch Portfolio Holder for Resources, Cllr Andrew Walmsley explain why Stubbylee Park deserves to win Best Park 2019 in the video below.

Fields in Trust UK has shortlisted the park for the prestigious national award.

Do your bit and vote now before Monday, August 19!

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Taxi driver caught without proper Council licence

Published on July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm

A taxi driver has been fined £772 for driving a taxi without a working licence.

Mohammad Iqbal (52), of Burnley Road, Todmorden, was caught driving his vehicle and attempting to ply for hire on South Street, Bacup.

His licence had been revoked in September 2018 as he had previously been disqualified from driving but had failed to inform the licencing department at Rossendale Borough Council, leaving the information off his application form.

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Further funding bid submitted to boost Bacup

Published on July 23, 2019 at 11:19 am

Rossendale Council has submitted a bid to further boost culture, trade and the visual appeal of Bacup.

Councillors have agreed to submit a bid for £1.1 million from Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zone fund.

Following the success of the £2m Bacup THI scheme, the Council has taken the opportunity to try and build on the growing buzz in the town.

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Council welcomes government clarity over funding bid

Published on July 8, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Rossendale Council has welcomed government clarity following its announcement of which areas had got to the next round of the Future High Street fund.

The Council expressed its disappointment that Bacup’s bid had not progressed to the business case development stage despite earlier indications it had been successful.

The Council put in a bid to the fund in March following the development of an exciting new vision for the future of the town centre, called Bacup 2040.

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Council disappointed after bid news

Published on July 5, 2019 at 5:38 pm

Rossendale Council has expressed its disappointment following news that its Future High Street bid for Bacup has not been successful.

The Council put in a bid to the fund in March following the development of an exciting new vision for the future of the town centre.

The town has already benefited massively from £2m investment from the Townscape Heritage Initiative fund.

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Final THI blog from the chair

Published on June 11, 2019 at 1:42 pm

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

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

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Community event brings fun to Bacup this weekend

Published on May 20, 2019 at 4:39 pm

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

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

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Play area in Bacup to be transformed this summer

Published on May 15, 2019 at 10:27 am

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

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

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

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Update on travellers who recently stopped at Futures Park

Published on April 17, 2019 at 3:30 pm

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

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

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Bacup set for spring clean as part of national event

Published on April 15, 2019 at 11:14 am

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

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

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

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

Published on April 10, 2019 at 11:55 am

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

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

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

Published on March 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

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

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

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

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Spring into Easter with a family fun festival in Bacup

Published on March 22, 2019 at 9:15 am

The Bacup Now Easter Festival is on its way with a massive line-up for kids big and small.

Taking place on Saturday, April 20th, from 10am to 4pm at Bacup Market and on Irwell Terrace, there will be the traditional Britannia Coconut Dancers Easter Boundary Dance, a chance to meet ‘Star Wars’ characters and performances by Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts and The Rossendale Drum Majorettes.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bacup THI Board statement

Published on August 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm

In July members of the Bacup THI Board, Councillor Jackie Oakes, Acting Chair, and Councillor Jimmy Eaton wrote a letter to Lancashire County Council regarding the Coronation fountain in Bacup.

The THI Board was seeking to confirm whether LCC would consider taking responsibility for annual maintenance costs if funding could be raised for the restoration of the fountain.

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Local Plan update: map published

Published on August 2, 2018 at 4:37 pm

Following requests from residents Rossendale Council has published a map of the proposed allocation of a stopover site for Travellers at Futures Park in Bacup.

View the map here

The Leader of Rossendale Council, Councillor Alyson Barnes, has this week written to the Government to seek clarification on the legislation requiring all Councils to identify what traveller sites are needed across Local Authority areas as part of the production of a Local Plan.

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Leader statement on Local Plan

Published on August 2, 2018 at 7:17 am

The Leader of Rossendale Council, Councillor Alyson Barnes, has this week written to the Government to seek clarification on the legislation requiring all Councils to identify what traveller sites are needed across Local Authority areas, as part of the production of a Local Plan.

The request follows public comments made by Jake Berry MP – Minister of State for the Northern Powerhouse that: “any formal transit provision for Gypsy/Travellers in Rossendale is unnecessary” and that the Council should “scrap their plans for such a site.”

Councillor Barnes said:

I have written to the Secretary of State to seek clarification on the legislation and to ask for any support available.

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Update on Local Plan

Published on July 31, 2018 at 3:17 pm

Rossendale Council has today issued the following statement:

We are aware of the intense public debate being generated around the proposed allocation of a stopover site for Travellers at Futures Park in Bacup, as instructed by the Government as part of our Local Plan.

We are committed to being transparent and working with the public on this with a full 6-week public consultation scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 23rd – which we will fully publicise.

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Bacup THI Board statement

Published on July 16, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Councillor Jackie Oakes, Acting Chair Bacup THI Board, and Councillor Jimmy Eaton have today issued this letter to Lancashire County Council:

You will be aware of the much anticipated public realm and highways works that have now commenced in Bacup. This has brought renewed focus on the former fountain which is at the centre of the town centre and whether this could be restored to be a water feature or alternatively enhanced with smart lighting to give a similar appearance to water.

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Northern Grip hailed a success

Published on July 11, 2018 at 10:30 am

Northern Grip, a premier mountain biking festival which attracts hundreds of people from across the country to the borough, has been hailed a huge success.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council, attended the festival with fellow Cabinet member Councillor Jackie Oakes.

Councillor Barnes said:

“I am delighted Northern Grip went so well again.

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Stubbylee Park scoops Tesco Bags of Help funding for garden restoration

Published on May 23, 2018 at 4:28 pm

Stubbylee Park in Bacup is one of the latest groups to have made a successful bid to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to manage its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 10p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects, every 2 months.

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Residents advised over potential Bacup power outage

Published on January 31, 2018 at 1:32 pm

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

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

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

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Carnival calls on quizzers to help raise funds

Published on January 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm

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

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

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

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Lord Shuttleworth praises progress in Rossendale

Published on October 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Lord Shuttleworth, the Queen’s representative in Lancashire, visited the borough recently to look at some of the major projects the Council and its partners are delivering.

He visited Bacup to see what was happening in the town thanks to the Townscape Heritage Initiative and then to see the progress being made on Rawtenstall town centre thanks to the work on Spinning Point.

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Still time to have your say on Local Plan

Published on September 20, 2017 at 11:30 am

There is still time to have your say on the plan which will guide the borough’s development over the next 15 years.

Rossendale Council has published its draft local plan which guides how the borough will achieve its targets for housing, employment sites and facilities over the next few years.

It will also guide where new housing and employment will be located as well as where land should be protected.

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Bacup THI board – update

Published on August 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Following a meeting with Lancashire County Council on Thursday, August 24 Bacup THI board Chair, Councillor Andy MacNae, has said the following:

At a meeting yesterday (August 24) at County Hall, County Councillors Steen and Eaton confirmed their position that they would not support any public realm scheme for Bacup that moves the existing roundabout.

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Chair of Bacup THI Board statement following this week’s board meeting

Published on August 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Following a meeting of the Bacup THI board this week, the chair of the Board, Councillor Andy MacNae made the following statement:

“The THI public realm scheme is facing uncertainty after Lancashire County Council has been unable to confirm that the project will receive its support. The THI board has confirmed its support for scheme, which has been tweaked following recent public feedback including the public meeting. 

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Northern Grip hailed a success

Published on July 10, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Bacup hosted the Northern Grip over the weekend (July 7,8 and 9). Hundreds of people gathered for the festival.

Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio holder for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure, visited the festival and praised what he saw. He said:

“I was delighted to see the Northern Grip go so well. There was a buzz around Bacup and the organisers have put on a superb festival which had something for everyone not just serious mountain bikers.

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New blog: What’s going on at Northern Grip this weekend

Published on July 5, 2017 at 9:24 pm

It’s Northern Grip time again this weekend! We thought we’d remind you – and ourselves – what the heck is going on.

 FRIDAY NIGHT

3pm onwards

Campsite opens

On arrival please head to the wristband exchange in the Courtyard to pick up your wristband then go and pitch your tent or park your van

7pm to 11pm – Opening Party in the Courtyard.

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Excitement builds for Northern Grip Festival

Published on July 5, 2017 at 1:29 pm

The Northern Grip takes place this weekend (July 7, 8 and July 9) at Lee Quarry.

Ahead of the festival Councillor Andy MacNae, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism, said:

“I am really excited that the Northern Grip will be held at Lee Quarry this weekend and I really look forward to visiting the festival.

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Bacup THI – Statement about public meeting

Published on July 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Councillor Andrew MacNae, chair of Bacup THI Board, said after last night meeting about the public realm scheme: “I was very pleased with the number of people who came to share their views and I want thank everyone for taking the time to come to the meeting tonight. It is very important the community is involved in shaping the future of Bacup.

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New CGI image of Bacup public realm scheme released

Published on June 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm

A new computer generated image of what Bacup town centre could like in the future has been released.

The image shows what the proposed public realm improvement scheme for St James Square will look like from the view of a pedestrian.

The Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative is a £2m investment in the town to restore its historic character.

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Next phase of engagement on future of Bacup town centre announced

Published on June 19, 2017 at 3:08 pm

The board overseeing the Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) has announced plans for the next phase of engagement on the £2m scheme.

As part of the conditions of the THI funding, a public realm improvement scheme is required.

It means changes to the road layout to make the town centre easier to use for pedestrians.

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New blog: On the hills – Cribden Up & Over

Published on June 16, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Cribden Hill hides in plain sight. It’s a big lump that looks down upon the west end of the Rossendale valleys.  You can’t miss it.  But loads of people do.

Where is it?

It lies between Rawtenstall and Haslingden. It’s the hill that has Ski Rossendale on its flank, Whitaker Park on its skirt and the Halo on its side.

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New blog: Excitement building over Northern Grip Festival

Published on May 18, 2017 at 8:37 am

Our festival hub will be in the amazing Stubbylee Park – nestled at the foot of Lee Quarry this hidden northern gem of a Victorian park offers stunning spaces, woodland, cafe and perhaps most importantly an easy gateway to the thrills and rides we’ve got planned for the day. We’ll be taking over the rear of the park for the weekend bringing plenty of festival treats to add to the recently opened pump track

 We’re excited to announce that we will now have camping and showers available ON SITE in Stubbylee Park for both Friday and Saturday nights.

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New blog from organisers of Northern Grip festival

Published on May 2, 2017 at 4:18 pm

The Northern Grip Festival, a top mountain biking event, is being held at Lee Quarry this summer. In the run to the festival, the organisers will be writing a series of blogs for this website.

Lee Quarry is unique in UK mountain biking. It’s a place with a long history but only the past decade has been about mountain biking.

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Superb new video launches Northern Grip Festival

Published on April 21, 2017 at 8:54 pm

Rossendale’s Lee Quarry will play host to this year’s Northern Grip, a hugely successful mountain bike festival.

This new video promotes the festival as well as showcasing some stunning views of Rossendale.

Northern Grip organiser David Agnew said:

Last year’s event was amazing with our audience loving the combination of trail activity, new bike demos, music, food and beer.

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Council worker to run marathon in the Middle East after meeting fleeing Iraqi families

Published on April 21, 2017 at 11:11 am

Adrian Smith, a Bacup-based father-of-three, is preparing to run a marathon in the heat of the Middle East in May to support families affected by war and persecution in the Middle East.

Adrian, 56, has previously visited Iraq and has seen for himself the suffering faced by many families following the invasion of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), which forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rossendale Neighbourhood Forums Meeting in October

Published on September 30, 2016 at 9:08 am

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 the different areas and meetings are open to all local residents.  The Neighbourhood Forums are informal community meetings to allow networking and information sharing and any agreed action points. 

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Heritage Experts Visit the Bacup THI

Published on July 11, 2016 at 2:52 pm

On Friday 8th July (2016) the Association of Preservation Trust visited Rossendale for a tour of heritage sites in the areas. Most notably they met with the THI Project Manager Steven Lever and Project Architect Vic Fletcher, from Equilibrium Architects, who gave a tour of the Bacup THI Project to a group of nearly 50 heritage experts and enthusiasts from the Heritage Trust North West.

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Bacup THI Guided Walk: “Water, Water everywhere, but not a Drop to Drink”

Published on July 6, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Bacup’s economic and social history has been shaped by the influence of water: either too much or too little! Floods were frequent: drinking water scarce: by 1848 the town was a mess. How did this come about, and what were the results of sorting it out?

Join us on this free guided walk to learn more about this fascinating and sometimes scary story of Bacaup’s hidden past.

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Council Takes Action on Those Failing to Clean Up

Published on June 30, 2016 at 10:17 am

Rossendale Council has successfully prosecuted 2 people over failure to adhere to clearance notices issued to them which were causing a blight on their neighbourhoods.

Mr Gerard Wroe of Clough Road, Bacup, was issued with a £660 fine, £319.68 costs and £376.14 compensation by the Court for failure to adhere to a section 215 Notice Town and Country Planning Act 1990 over clearance work that was due.

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VIC Plan Special Somme Event

Published on June 24, 2016 at 1:17 pm

This year marks one hundred years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

As part of the nationwide commemoration in partnership with The Royal British Legion, Veterans in Communities will be opening their centre on Bury Road, Haslingden for an all night vigil. From 7.30pm on Thursday 30th June, until 7.30am on Friday 1st July, the community is invited to join us for all or any part of the night.

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Bacup THI Phase 1 Works Nearing Completion

Published on May 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm

The Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative Project Phase 1 work is now moving towards being completed with over £400k of work on the Pioneer Building and Clock Tower on Rochdale Road and the RSPCA Building at 33 St James Street being successfully carried out.

Investment into the Pioneer Building has new shop fronts installed and new sash windows fitted.

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Bacup Graffiti Cleared Up

Published on April 20, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Rossendale Council has taken swift action on the racist graffiti that has appeared on buildings in Bacup.

Our Street Cleansing Team was out early on Monday morning as it was reported by various shocked members of the community, to begin the clear up.

Due to the nature of the paint used we’ve worked with local company Gumblasters to remove it, and whilst the lengthy work was taking place we took proactive action to paint over the graffiti as it awaited cleaning so that the offensive content was not visible.

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Bacup THI Presentation at Bacup Easter Festival

Published on March 21, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Board members and Project Officers from the Bacup Townscape heritage Initiative (THI) will be in attendance at the Bacup Easter Festival on Saturday March 26th 10am till 3pm to present information on the scheme so far.

The team will be on Bacup Market with an information stall where people will be able to ask question about the work taking place in Bacup, the importance of heritage in Bacup and ways to get involved.

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Bacup Easter Festival Being Held on Saturday 26th March

Published on March 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Bacup will be in festive mood on Easter Saturday when the famous Britannia Coconut Dancers perform their annual Boundary to Boundary Dance but there’s lots more going on besides.

There will be extra stalls on Bacup Market selling local products and gifts, plus retro vintage stalls.  There will be face painting and balloon modelling from Trinity Baptist Church and Lancashire Wildlife Trust will be there with their nature table, quiz and colouring activity.

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Fearns Moss Road Closure

Published on March 9, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Lancashire County Council’s Highways Department has closed Fearns Moss Road, Stacksteads, Bacup. Heavy rain has added to water built up from a blocked culvert. Under an emergency procedure order the road is now closed  with a diversion in place and the road will only re-open once the remedial works have been carried out to resolve the problem.

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Stubbylee Masterplan Launched with Successful Walk

Published on February 22, 2016 at 4:21 pm

The Stubbylee Masterplan was officially launched with a 1 mile walk round the Park’s grounds on 19 February. Local residents braved the cold weather to walk round the new way-marked route lead by walk leader James Kenyon from Newground.

The permanent way-marked route is part of the Council’s successful Up & Active Project. 

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The Stubbylee Park Masterplan

Published on February 17, 2016 at 10:51 am

Rossendale Borough Council is working with local community groups and Newground to revitalise Stubbylee and the Moorlands Park, Bacup.

The Council has been formulating the masterplan for Stubbylee with the Park’s Friends Group, Bacup Pride, Newground, Stubbylee Community Greenhouses and local ward Councillors, to come up with a prosperous plan for this wonderful community asset.

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Lancashire Leaders in English Tourism

Published on February 4, 2016 at 1:51 pm

Marketing Lancashire is celebrating the announcement that the prestigious Visit England Awards for Excellence 2016 which will take place at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Tuesday 8 March, during English Tourism Week (5-13 March) and four Lancashire Tourism Awards 2015 winners have beaten strong competition from across the country and will now represent Lancashire as finalists.

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Update on the Local Plan Part 2

Published on January 21, 2016 at 10:57 am

At Council on 9th December 2015 it was agreed unanimously to cease work on the Site allocations and Development Management Policies Development Plan Document, the Local Plan Part 2, also known as Lives and Landscapes’ and to start work on preparing a new Local Plan for Rossendale.

The reasons underpinning this decision were set out in the Report to Council, which is available to view on the Council’s web site. 

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Rossendale Council Launches New Scheme to Help “Flood Proof” Properties and Businesses

Published on January 20, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Rossendale Council has announced central government details of a scheme to help householders and businesses make their properties more resistant to future floods. Under the scheme, householders and businesses affected by Storms Desmond and Eva in Rossendale can apply to the Council for grants of up to £5,000 to help make their homes/businesses more resilient to flooding in the future.

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Bacup Continues to Benefit from Heritage Project

Published on January 12, 2016 at 10:42 am

The Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative Project Team have recently submitted planning applications for five shops on St James Street on behalf of the property owners. These are – No. 23 Neil Gerard Hair Studio, No. 25 The Pet Shop, No. 27 the vacant former Bacup & Stacksteads TMO office, Studio 29 and No.

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Defibrillator Installed at Council Offices

Published on December 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm

A potentially lifesaving piece of equipment has been installed at Council offices at Futures Park, Bacup.

The Council’s Facilities Team has organised the installation of a Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD) on the side of the building at Futures Park, which can be accessed 24/7 and can help save the lives of those going through cardiac arrest.

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Rossendale Community Fund: New Grants Scheme Provides Support to Local Groups

Published on December 11, 2015 at 9:32 am

Four local community organisations have received grants from a new scheme launched by Rossendale Borough Council in September.

Edgeside and District Community Partnership, Home-start Rossendale, Maden Early Years and the White Horse Project have all been awarded grants of £1000 in the first round of the Rossendale Community Fund.

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, and children and young people in Rossendale engage in community activities and learning.

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