Council and democracy

Borough comes together to remember fallen heroes

Published on November 9, 2017 at 10:30 am

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

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

You can get all the details of events here.

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

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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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Last chance to register to vote and have your say

Published on May 22, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Voters who want to have their say in this year’s general election must register today – Monday, May 22.

The election takes place next month on June 8 and locally voters will cast their ballots to elect an MP for Rossendale and Darwen.

While the deadline to register to vote is 11.59pm on May 22, the deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on May 23, and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on May 31.

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UK Parliamentary General Election 8 June 2017

Published on April 25, 2017 at 10:15 am

Parliament has approved an early general election, to take place on Thursday 8 June.

This does not affect the date of the County Council elections, which will take place as planned on Thursday 4 May.

For further information, please view The Electoral Commission webpages

For further information on the County Council elections visit Lancashire County Council’s webpages.

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Information on Council Tax Bills

Published on March 17, 2017 at 8:50 am

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

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

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Solar Powers the Way at Rossendale Council’s Offices

Published on March 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm

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

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

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

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Help Overview and Scrutiny Develop the 2017/18 Work Programme

Published on March 16, 2017 at 12:48 pm

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

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

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County Council Election Nomination Packs Now Available

Published on March 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm

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

Telephone: 01706 252445

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

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

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Local County Elections Are #OnYourDoorstep

Published on March 7, 2017 at 12:28 pm

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

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

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Lancashire continues to push for Combined Authority

Published on February 24, 2017 at 3:24 pm

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

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

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£1.4m Flood Grants Investment into Rossendale

Published on January 27, 2017 at 6:29 pm

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

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

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

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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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2017/18 Budget Consultation

Published on January 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm

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

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

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

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Postal Vote Signature Refresh

Published on January 5, 2017 at 9:07 am

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

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

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Pensioner Fair Success

Published on December 23, 2016 at 1:30 pm

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

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

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Council Announcement on STAR and Domestic Abuse Support in Rossendale

Published on December 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm

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

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

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

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Do You Care About Lancashire’s policing?

Published on December 21, 2016 at 2:34 pm

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

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

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

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Rossendale Borough Council Christmas and New Year Opening Information

Published on December 19, 2016 at 3:51 pm

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

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

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

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Balladen Winners for Fallbarn Park Signs

Published on December 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Fantastic new signs for Fallbarn Park!

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

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

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

Published on December 9, 2016 at 2:10 pm

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

Cllr Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council said;

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

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

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Interpreting Acre Village Exhibition

Published on December 6, 2016 at 3:27 pm

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

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Rossendale Town Centre, Retail, Leisure and Tourism Study

Published on December 6, 2016 at 2:29 pm

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

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

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Council Shows Its Support for White Ribbon Campaign

Published on December 5, 2016 at 5:14 pm

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

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

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Residents Interested in Bacup THI Open Day

Published on December 5, 2016 at 4:48 pm

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

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

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Information Relating to Planning Application 2015/0241

Published on November 24, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Application reference: 2015/0241

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

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

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

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

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Rossendale Council Supports White Ribbon Campaign

Published on November 24, 2016 at 2:18 pm

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

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

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Bacup THI Open Day Set to Showcase the Project

Published on November 24, 2016 at 11:38 am

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

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

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Start your Christmas in Rawtenstall

Published on November 23, 2016 at 2:48 pm

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

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

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Council Joins in LGA’s #OurDay Campaign

Published on November 18, 2016 at 3:51 pm

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

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

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Farm Collections Delayed Due to Weather

Published on November 18, 2016 at 9:01 am

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

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

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Taxi Proposals Approved at Licensing Committee

Published on November 16, 2016 at 2:59 pm

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

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

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

Published on November 15, 2016 at 8:51 am

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

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

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Preparing for Winter

Published on November 9, 2016 at 2:02 pm

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

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

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Rossendale Council Statement on Industrial Action by the Local Taxi Trade

Published on November 8, 2016 at 4:04 pm

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

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Six New Fuel Efficient Buses Join the Rosso Fleet

Published on October 21, 2016 at 10:15 am

Rossendale Transport (Rosso) has taken delivery of six new 10.8m StreetLite buses, with improved fuel efficiency for their busy routes.

 The StreetLites have recently entered service and are working on the busy 467 & 468 routes; Bury to Rochdale which also serve the important Fairfield Hospital site. This is the first time Rosso has ordered this type of single deck vehicle from Wrightbus and will be an improved asset to the fleet.  

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“Be prepared” Flood Campaign Launched in Lancashire

Published on October 14, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Lancashire County Council has launched a campaign to help people be better prepared for possible flooding.

The campaign highlights the fact that flooding can happen almost anywhere, often without warning, during and after heavy rainfall – and that being prepared can significantly reduce its impact on people and property.

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: “Over the last few years, we have seen the devastating impact of heavy rainfall in Lancashire where people have had to leave their homes and seen valuables destroyed by flood water.

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Rossendale Secures New Community Specialist Paramedic

Published on October 13, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Following the work of Rossendale Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Task and Finish Group on the North West Ambulance service the Council is delighted to announce a new Community Specialist Paramedic role for Rossendale.

Richard Peters assumes the role as the new Community Specialist Paramedic (CSP) for the Rossendale area.

Richard joined the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust as a trainee technician in 1991 and qualified as a Paramedic in 1993. 

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Community Column: News From Ski Rossendale

Published on October 7, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Ski Rossendale is working towards becoming a centre for the new and totally unique reduced risk training centre for our British Park and Pipe freestyle squads. 

Should this further development reach final approval funding for the project will come from Sport England.

A Planning application has been submitted to Rossendale Borough Council for the specific requirements.

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Valley’s Tourism Success

Published on October 7, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Latest tourism data from Visit Lancashire shows Rossendale’s tourism offer is appealing to even more people and continuing its upward trend.

The latest data, for 2015, shows that Rossendale saw over 1.3million tourism visits to the area, increasing 2% on last year, outpacing average growth of 1.7% (64.38m visits) across Lancashire as a whole.

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Rossendale Council Wants to Hear Your Views!

Published on October 4, 2016 at 11:00 am

Rossendale Council has today launched their resident survey to help set the council’s objectives and priorities for the next three years. We want to know what matters to you and your family where you live and how we can work together to shape public services in challenging times.

We want to hear from our residents and partners on what is important in making Rossendale a great place to live, what they think needs improving where they live, how the council and communities can work together to improve issues in areas as well as an service transformation ideas our residents might have.

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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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Could you be a Councillor and stand for what you believe in?

Published on September 22, 2016 at 11:55 am

The county council is asking people to consider if they could be a councillor ahead of next year’s county elections.

Lancashire County Council is holding local elections in May 2017 and new candidates are needed to represent their areas. There will be 84 seats available to cover the 12 Lancashire district areas.

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Council Announcement Around Proposed Haslingden Bin Changes

Published on September 15, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has today taken the decision, following discussions with those affected, to halt the introduction of a small scale recycling project for 300 houses  in Haslingden. 

The project was developed in response to concerns expressed by this community about waste, fly tipping and recycling.

We are now taking a brief pause on the project because we are aware that both the scale and nature of the project has been misunderstood, and this has caused community concern.  

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Successful Heritage Open Day at Stubbylee Hall, Bacup

Published on September 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Valley Heritage, working alongside Rossendale Borough Council, were once again able to open up Stubbylee Hall to the public this year. Over 75 people attended throughout the day and were able to explore the attics; cellars and other ‘secret’ places rarely open to the public.

Stephen Anderson, Chair of Valley Heritage said: “The Heritage Open Day was a great success and was very well attended by local people as well as drawing in visitors from the neighbouring boroughs of Burnley and Bury.

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Fostering Needs You!

Published on September 9, 2016 at 11:12 am

Each week 20 local children need a family so we need foster carers from all backgrounds to provide loving homes.

Lancashire County Council would particularly like to recruit foster carers who are able to care for:

  • Brothers and sisters.
  • Older children and teenagers.
  • Children that will be in foster care long term.

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Enforcement Success on Fraudulent Declaration

Published on September 7, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Rossendale Borough Council’s Licencing Enforcement Team have secured a conviction in Court for a  hackney carriage licence driver who failed to declare a conviction.

Shahid Javaid, of Arnold St, Huddersfield, pleaded guilty on August 19th at Burnley Magistrates Court to Fraud by False Representation. He was fined £80 in total and was ordered to pay £150 costs.

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Mayor Opens the New Outdoor Gym in Victoria Park

Published on August 19, 2016 at 10:40 am

The Mayor of Rossendale, Cllr Granville Morris, officially opened the new outdoor gym which has been installed in Victoria Park in Haslingden.

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The gym features 6 pieces of state of the art equipment, designed to exercise different parts of the body to provide a full workout.   It is located at the end of the path by the main entrance, overlooking the lower part of the park with fantastic  views of the surrounding hills.

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Rossendale Ranks High in Top Schools and Afforable Property List

Published on August 17, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Rossendale’s Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School ranked 9th in the country following new research.

Online estate agent eMoov analysed house prices and the average GCSE scores in the top 50 state secondary schools in England.

The top performing state school with the best value property nearby is the Heckmondwike Grammar School in Kirklees, West Yorkshire.

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Reminder: Review of Employment Sites

Published on August 12, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Review of Employment Sites

Rossendale Borough Council has commissioned Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners (NLP) to assess the quality and quantity of employment premises and land throughout the Valley.  As part of this study we are asking businesses involved in manufacturing, industry, storage and distribution, throughout Rossendale to complete an online survey to tell us about existing premises and any plans they have in the future for expansion.

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Temporary Absence from Great Britain and Housing Benefits

Published on July 26, 2016 at 4:37 pm

From 28th July new rules come into force which limit how long housing benefit can be paid to claimants who are temporarily absent from Great Britain.

A change to the Law means that Housing Benefit and Pension Credit cannot be claimed if a customer leaves Great Britain for more than 4 weeks.

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School’s Out For Summer Fun

Published on July 26, 2016 at 3:14 pm

With the school holidays in full swing, Rossendale Borough Coucil would like to remind parents, guardians and carers of the exciting Summer Fun activities that are taking place up and down the Valley over the summer holiday period.

Each year, Rossendale Council, as part of its role in the Children’s Trust, compiles a list of summer events for the Summer Fun brochure.

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Rossendale Council and Tor View School Success in Roundabout Refurbishment

Published on July 25, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Rossendale Council has supported Tor View School to refurbish the artwork on one of the main gateway sites to Rossendale.

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The ‘Workers’ Statues on the roundabout near Tesco Haslingden were placed there ten years ago after Tor View School won a competition to design a piece of artwork for the roundabout.

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Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Delight Crowds in Haslingden

Published on July 22, 2016 at 5:02 pm

Thousands of people lined the streets of Haslingden on Thursday July 21st to welcome the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment as they took part in a Freedom Parade to mark their Freedom of the Borough.

The Regiment were first granted the Freedom of Haslingden in 1964, this was then extended to Rossendale when we last had a parade in the Borough in June 2002, in Rawtenstall.

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Annual Electoral Household Enquiry Forms

Published on July 21, 2016 at 9:43 am

Annual electoral household enquiry forms are being delivered to all properties in Rossendale up to the end of July.

The forms are to check who is registered to vote so please let us know if the details are correct or if you have any changes to make.

Please respond as soon as possible to help us save money in printing and sending out reminder forms.

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Appointments Made to Shadow Combined Authority

Published on July 21, 2016 at 8:26 am

Key appointments to lead the county towards the creation of a Combined Authority have now been made.

Local councils in Lancashire submitted their bid to become a Combined Authority to the Government in June and a shadow Combined Authority has now been formed.

The chair will be Cllr Simon Blackburn, Leader of Blackpool Council, and the vice chair will be Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council.

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Clock Strikes for Bacup THI Project Success

Published on July 19, 2016 at 3:23 pm


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