Council and democracy

New Hall Hey Progress Delights RTB Board

Published on March 23, 2016 at 4:52 pm

Members of the Rossendale Together Barnfield Partnership Board visited the New Hall Hey Retail Development to see how the new TK Maxx and M+S Foodhall stores were progressing.

The RTB Partnership sees Rossendale Council, Together Housing Group and Barnfield Construction working together and pooling resources to create a more prosperous borough.

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Haslingden Deep Clean About to Start

Published on March 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Work to undertake a deep clean of streets in Haslingden is due to start on Tuesday 22nd March and last for 12 days; it will be undertaken by Rossendale firm Gumblasters.

The work has come out of the £100k Rossendale Council allocated to the Haslingden Task Force, who have set out their key priorities and regeneration plans for Haslingden Town Centre.

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Overview and Scrutiny Would Like Your Help

Published on March 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm

OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY WOULD LIKE YOU TO HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR WORK PROGRAMME FOR 2016/17

Each year it is the responsibility of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to select topics for inclusion and consideration in the annual work programme. Deciding the topics for the year is a key aspect of the overview and scrutiny process.

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Improvements to Waterfoot Centre

Published on March 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Rossendale Council unveils proposed plans for improvements to Waterfoot Centre.

Following the building of the new residential development, Whitwell Court, Rossendale Council has made funding available to improve the adjacent public space and car park area.

A public consultation exercise was undertaken in 2015 to find out how local residents would like the area to be improved and what features they would like incorporating into the plans.  

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New funding agreed for Haslingden Pool

Published on March 17, 2016 at 11:45 am

Rossendale Borough Council is further supporting the aims of Haslingden Baths Community Interest Company (CIC) as they work on renovating Haslingden Swimming Pool.

In additional to the £25k grant and £25k loan the Council gave the group in 2015 to support improvements to the building, a further £100k will be given to the group to support the renovation work.

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Council Makes Move to Secure ICT Resilience

Published on March 11, 2016 at 8:40 am

Rossendale Borough Council has increased its resilience by amending its Disaster Recovery contract and moving its Data Centre to Wakefield and Derby to a purpose built facility. The new sites are open 24 hours a day and are equipped with the latest technology with full power generation on site.

This move has been in the Council’s plans for a long time and has taken a robust plan to execute it, with no impact to residents and services during the move.

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Rossendale Borough Council Adopts New Conservation Strategy

Published on March 10, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has adopted a new Conservation Strategy for 2016-2021.

The Conservation Strategy shows the Council’s commitment to heritage and celebrates the Valley’s rich architectural history.

The strategy will provide the Council with a new strategic approach to conservation, accompanied by the Conservation Officer post we have in the Council.

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Council Wins Brownfield Register Funding

Published on March 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

Rossendale Borough Council has successfully bid for £10,000 to pilot a Brownfield Register under the Brownfield Register Pilots Fund.

The Council was one of the 36 successful bids (also including Pendle and Hyndburn Council’s) covering 58 authorities. The pilot has 4 key stages which aims to see Local Authorities share best practice.

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Flood Resilience Grants Reminder

Published on March 3, 2016 at 5:17 pm

People affected by December’s floods are being urged to take advantage of a Government 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 can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to help make their homes more resilient to flooding in the future.

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Council backs #regafriend Campaign

Published on March 3, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Rossendale Council is backing the Electoral Commission and National Union of Students’ joint campaign to get more students and young people registered to vote ahead of the local and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May.

Called #RegAFriend (‘Register a Friend’), the campaign urges students and young people who have already registered to vote to encourage their non-registered friends and family to now do the same, by sharing messages and photos on social media.

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Valley Jobs Fair

Published on March 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

The ever popular Jobs Fair is back in Bacup this Thursday, 3rd March, at Central Methodist and Christ Church 10am till 2pm.

Some of the Valley’s employers will be there with opportunities.

The Council will be there detailing roles they offer and Officers from the Bacup THI Project will be there detailing training opportunities available to local people.

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Councils to Give Final decision on Lancashire Combined Authority

Published on February 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm

COUNCILLORS across Lancashire will decide whether to press ahead with plans for a Combined Authority after a public consultation gave overwhelming support to the proposal.

Each of the 14 councils taking part in the process will take a report to members in the coming weeks to seek approval to submit a bid to Central Government.

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The Mayor of Rossendale’s Charity Ball 2016

Published on February 25, 2016 at 11:05 am

The Mayor, Councillor Marilyn Procter, will be hosting a Charity Ball at Rossendale Golf Club, Ewood Lane, Rossendale on Friday, 8th April, 2016.

Proceeds from the event will go to the ‘Mayor’s Charity Fund’, the main beneficiaries of this year’s fund will be The Star Centre, The RAFT Foundation and Young Carers at BPRCVS.

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Pioneering New Dog Technique Trialled by Council

Published on February 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has recently trialled dog training and behaviour specialist Scamp’s in order to resolve a neighbour dispute in Whitworth over dog barking.

The dog had separation issues when its owner left the house and would bark which would cause noise nuisance to the neighbour.

Scamp’s worked with the very co-operative owner and trained the dog with techniques to counteract its separation issues.

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Partnership Pleased Rawtenstall Town Centre Plans Given Green Light

Published on February 24, 2016 at 10:13 am

Members of the Rossendale Together Barnfield Joint Venture Partnership Board have welcomed news that plans to redevelop Rawtenstall town centre have been approved.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Chair of the RTB Partnership and Leader of the Council, said: “I am pleased the scheme has been given planning permission. We listened to people and now I believe these plans are the right mix of preserving the area’s heritage as well as creating a vibrant town centre.

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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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Senior Management Re-Structure

Published on February 22, 2016 at 2:02 pm

A planned re-structure of Rossendale Council’s senior management will save taxpayers nearly £15,000 in the first year.

Councillors will be asked to back the restructure when they meet at full council on February 24th.

The restructure will reduce the number of director roles but will also help make the Council more business-like and help generate additional income which can be put back in improving services.

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Overview and Scrutiny Review of North West Ambulance Service

Published on February 22, 2016 at 12:42 pm

During 2015, Overview and Scrutiny established a task group to look at reasons for below target response times for Rossendale, which in November 2014 were 60.7% against a target of 75%.

The task group visited the 999 Control Centre in Broughton and the 111 service in Bolton, as well as spoke to Paramedics at both Rawtenstall and Stacksteads Ambulance Stations.

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Environment Agency Warns of Wet Weather Leading to Flood Risk this Weekend

Published on February 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Persistent rainfall is expected across north-west England over the weekend. The heaviest rain will fall across parts of Lancashire, Greater Manchester and the western parts of Yorkshire. There is a risk that some communities in these areas will experience river and surface water flooding of roads and properties later on Saturday and on Sunday.

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Unsolicited Door Knocking as Council

Published on February 17, 2016 at 5:32 pm

The Council has been made aware of an incident in Water where a gentleman has knocked on the door of an elderly gentleman claiming to be from the Council about fitting a new boiler. This person is not from the Council and is not working on behalf of the Council.

The man had no ID, didn’t provide a name or an contact number.

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“Be a Lover not a Fighter” Domestic Abuse Campaign

Published on February 11, 2016 at 5:01 pm

This is a North West partnership campaign across Cheshire, Merseyside, Blackburn, Blackpool and Lancashire.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have suffered domestic abuse.  It’s not just physical violence. Domestic abuse can be emotional too – like threats and controlling behaviour.  It’s behind closed doors. It’s known, but not talked about.

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Patriotic Litter Pickers Required

Published on February 8, 2016 at 3:22 pm

As part of its support for the country’s biggest-ever community clear up Rossendale Borough Council is organising a mass litter-pick and is looking for patriotic community groups to join in the litter pick. .

The national Clean for The Queen campaign aims to give the country a tidy-up ahead of The Queen’s 90th birthday in April.

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Recent Floods in Rossendale: An Open Letter

Published on February 1, 2016 at 3:37 pm

Rossendale Borough Council would like to thank all residents, business owners, local groups and volunteers for their help, support and assistance during the Boxing Day floods and in the aftermath.

We would also like to thank our local partners for the help and assistance they have provided during these events; Lancashire County Council, the Environment Agency, Lancashire Police, Lancashire Fire and Rescue and United Utilities.

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#NVRD – Join the Drive and Register to Vote Today

Published on February 1, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Rossendale Borough Council wants to encourage anyone not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of National Voter Registration Drive this week and go online now to register.

On Thursday 5 May 2016 voters in Rossendale will go to the polls to elect local government councillors in Rossendale and a Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire. 

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Good News for Communities Near A56 Rising Bridge Roundabout

Published on January 27, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Good news for local communities in Acre village, Sherfin hamlet and Rising Bridge, Lancashire. Highways England is to begin a comprehensive £4.5 million scheme to provide safe pedestrian crossings and designated cycle routes, linking villages, schools and businesses on either side of the busy A56 Rising Bridge roundabout near Haslingden.

Work to transform the roundabout will take around twelve weeks beginning in February with new lighting.

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Views Sought on Combined Authority for Lancashire

Published on January 26, 2016 at 4:16 pm

RESIDENTS and businesses are being reminded to take part in a countywide consultation about whether people support the proposal for a Lancashire Combined Authority.

Hundreds of people have already had their say with people labelling the idea as positive for the county.

Councils are urging people to take part in what they believe will secure the county’s seat at the forefront of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’.

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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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