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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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Task Force Working to Improve Haslingden

Published on February 24, 2016 at 4:16 pm

Haslingden Task Force met in February and has agreed some key projects to support the town. Rossendale Borough Council has provided £100,000 of funding through the Task Force to provide a catalyst to develop regeneration initiatives in Haslingden.

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

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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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Rawtenstall Cenotaph Awarded Grade II* Listed Status

Published on February 24, 2016 at 10:55 am

The Cenotaph in Rawtenstall at the library gardens has had its listed status raised to Grade II*.

This status change comes as part of Historic England’s national assessment of war memorials.

Historic England recognised the heritage and history of Rawtenstall Cenotaph and duly upgraded its listed status. Historic England stated that is was awarded Grade II* listed status due to its architectural interest, its sculptural interest and the quality of the craftsmanship.

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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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We Don’t Just Hear You, We Listen Say Samaritans

Published on February 23, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Pendle, Burnley, Craven & Rossendale Samaritans back new awareness raising campaign

Samaritans volunteers in Pendle, Burnley, Craven & Rossendale are helping to promote the charity’s brand new ‘We Listen’ campaign, which lets people know that anyone can call Samaritans, whatever they’re going through.

Striking posters in railway stations across England, Scotland and Wales contain hidden messages where people claiming to be fine are not OK at all.

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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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Road Surface Improvements to Be Carried Out

Published on February 22, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Lancashire County Council (LCC), the Highways Authority in Rossendale, carried out road surfacing work last year on a number of sites in Rossendale that have now showed signs of failure. LCC have investigated this and they have completed surveys of all the sites. They have confirmed that they will be doing remedial works in the Spring.

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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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Northern Joinery awarded an LBGF grant of £46K

Published on February 18, 2016 at 11:15 am

Northern Joinery, based in Whitworth, Lancashire have been awarded an LBGF grant of £46,614. Northern Joinery is one of the country’s leading quality staircase manufacturers with considerable experience in the design and manufacture of timber staircases.

It boasts one of the best staircase-manufacturing plants in the UK with a capacity well in excess of 200 staircases per week.

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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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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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Flooding: Help for Businesses

Published on February 12, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Boost for Business is running a Flood Recovery Grant Scheme to support businesses severely affected (either directly or indirectly) by the December 2015 flooding in Lancashire and the fund is open until February 28th 2016.

This grant scheme is to support small and medium sized businesses severely affected (either directly or indirectly) by the flooding of December 2015, to help businesses recover quickly and get back trading successfully and being sustainable.

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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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Bumper Boost for Ski Rossendale

Published on February 11, 2016 at 3:58 pm

SKI Rossendale has received a bumper boost of £65,000 from Sport England.

The cash injection, which has been matched by a loan from Rossendale Council, takes the total project fund to £630,000 – which will help create a centre of excellence for the north west.

Money will go towards resurfacing the beginner’s run at the iconic Valley attraction, which has staged world record attempts and welcomed several Olympic athletes.

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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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Rossendale Together Barnfield (RTB) Partnership: Together Housing Focus

Published on February 8, 2016 at 2:45 pm

The Rossendale Together Barnfield Joint Venture Partnership (also known as the RTB Partnership) aims to build a more prosperous borough by delivering regeneration projects.

Together Housing Group is one of the partners of the RTB Partnership. Here Together Housing Group director and RTB Partnership Board member Ian Clark talks about the Group’s role on the board and looks at some of the housing developments that have been delivered.

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Girls are the Pride of Rossendale

Published on February 8, 2016 at 11:31 am

Lancashire’s Finest Year 7 Girls 5-aside Football Team is right here in the Valley, from Haslingden High School.

The squad consists of Abby Clarke (Everton), Lucy Valentine (Blackburn Rovers), Beth MacDonald (Bury), Chloe Leftly (Haslingden Juniors), Lucy Spence (Bridge) and Beth Hartwell (GK).

They won the Rossendale Schools 5-aside beating Alder Grange, All Saints, BRGS and Fearns to qualify for the Lancashire finals.

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New Green Vale Homes Community Van is Launched

Published on February 5, 2016 at 9:38 am

Green Vale Homes has this week launched their Community Van.

The van will have two members of staff on board from either the Income Team, the Neighbourhood Team or the Supported Housing Team.

They will be able to provide information and assistance on how to rent an affordable home with Green Vale and the great services they offer.

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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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Rossendale Residents to Benefit from Cosy Homes in Lancashire Fund

Published on February 1, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Households in Rossendale who want to reduce their gas and electricity bills can get help to make their homes more ‘energy efficient’.

£6m will be up for grabs to enable Lancashire residents to get energy saving technology and measures in their homes to keep them warm and their bills down.

Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) provide free or subsidised boilers and insulation measures as part of a partnership between every Council in Lancashire and a number of energy industry companies.

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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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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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Rossendale Together Barnfield (RTB) Partnership Visits Successful New Schemes

Published on January 15, 2016 at 9:19 am

The Rossendale Together Barnfield Partnership has recently embarked on a project of visiting the homes of people who have recently moved in to new, successful schemes that have recently been delivered.

Laura and Steve Mcnally moved into their new home in Bacup in 2015.

Their home is part of a new development in the town centre called Millstream Close.

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Deadline coming up for Haslingden Shop Front Improvement Scheme Expressions of Interest

Published on January 13, 2016 at 10:47 am

Shopkeepers and traders in Haslingden town centre are encouraged to express their interest in the new Shop Front Improvement Scheme before the deadline on 22 January.

The scheme, which was launched by Rossendale Borough Council in November, provides grants to support traders to carry out improvement work to their shops.

Under the new scheme, traders will be able to apply for grants of up to £2000 to improve the appearance of their shops.

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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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Have your say on the proposed Combined Authority for Lancashire

Published on January 11, 2016 at 10:56 am

Over the last few months each of the councils in Lancashire has been discussing the idea of creating a Combined Authority for Lancashire.

It has been agreed to take it to the next stage and find out what the people of Lancashire think too.

Over the next few weeks there will be a public consultation that will run until Friday 19 February – you can take the survey here.

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Cleaner Buses for Rossendale

Published on January 5, 2016 at 10:40 am

Rossendale Borough Council has won £485,000 from the Department of Transport for Rosso to equip 38 buses with new greener technology to cut harmful emissions.

To win the funding, we had to show that the technology would reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by at least 50%.

Outside of Transport for London (50), Rossendale received enough funding to convert the most busses in this scheme (38), this will be a real benefit for Rossendale communities in terms of air quality and modern public transport.

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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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Have Your Say: Public Consultation on Waterside Mill

Published on December 10, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Rossendale Borough Council is currently considering options for Waterside Mill, the derelict building on Burnley Road, Bacup.

We are working with support from Valley Heritage and Regenerate Pennine Lancashire on the future of the Mill, and we are going out to consultation which will propose to move the Mill into the Conservation area.

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Councillors Approve Combined Authority Discussions for Rossendale

Published on December 10, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Councillors in Rossendale decided last night at the Council meeting to progress with consultation plans on joining forces with Local Authorities across Lancashire to create a Combined Authority.

Councillors were asked to note the progress made so far and decide on whether they want to agree in principle to the Combined Authority and take part in a public consultation early in the New Year, which they did.

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Public Consultation on Waterside Mill , Bacup

Published on December 10, 2015 at 9:54 am

Rossendale Borough Council is currently considering options for Waterside Mill, the derelict building on Burnley Road, Bacup.

We are working with support from Valley Heritage and Regenerate Pennine Lancashire on the future of the Mill, and we are going out to consultation which will propose to move the Mill into the Conservation area.

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Councillors Approve Combined Authority Discussions for Rossendale

Published on December 10, 2015 at 9:49 am

Councillors in Rossendale decided last night at the Council meeting to progress with consultation plans on joining forces with Local Authorities across Lancashire to create a Combined Authority.

Councillors were asked to note the progress made so far and decide on whether they want to agree in principle to the Combined Authority and take part in a public consultation early in the New Year, which they did.

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2016/17 Budget Consultation

Published on December 9, 2015 at 2:55 pm

The Council is seeking views from any individual or organisation on its budget for 2016/17 and the financial challenges it faces over the medium term.

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. It will be an attractive place to live, where tourists visit and employers invest.

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Bacup Christmas Cracker!

Published on December 9, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Bacup got into the festive spirit this weekend, in spite of Storm Desmond! The event was by no means a wash out, a few hundred people enjoyed the festivities and Bacup market was in festive mood.

Santa paid a visit and set up his Grotto, there was face painting and balloon making alongside the retro vintage market.

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Minibus Will Be a REAL Benefit

Published on December 5, 2015 at 2:56 pm

A COMMUNITY charity has left behind a legacy to ensure transport is not a problem for Rossendale people – an accessible minibus.

Rossendale Enterprise Anchor Limited, REAL, was based in Bacup now is located in the VIC Centre in Haslingden. For many years it worked with and for many local organisations.

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Newchurch Celebrates Christmas in Style

Published on December 2, 2015 at 9:44 am

Newchurch Village Community Association has been busy over the past few months raising money for new lights in the village community garden. They have been generously supported in this by the Local Member Grants Scheme from Lancashire County Council and Rossendale Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Forum with 50% of the total cost being match funded by Rossendale Borough Council themselves.

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Business As Usual During Bacup Building Works

Published on December 1, 2015 at 10:04 am

The Bacup THI work is making excellent progress with the completion of a couple of shops already.

Works currently taking place on Pioneer are on-going with installing new shop fronts and stone masons are on site to start the extensive stone repairs to the building.

Work is also taking place at 33 St James Street (RSPCA Building) where repair works to the chimneys and roof repairs are being carried out.

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New Shop Front Improvement Scheme launched In Haslingden

Published on November 30, 2015 at 10:17 am

Shopkeepers and traders in Haslingden town centre are encouraged to take advantage of a new scheme, launched by Rossendale Borough Council, to support traders to carry out improvement work to their shops.

Under the new scheme, traders will be able to apply for grants of up to £2000 to improve the appearance of their shops.

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Rawtenstall Bus Station Plans Amended Following Successful Public Consultation

Published on November 24, 2015 at 10:21 am

The RTB Partnership has now concluded the month long public consultation on the new bus station plans for Rawtenstall Town Centre.

The consultation involved a week of public sessions which saw over 300 people come and see the plans, and talk to the team.

During the consultation we received 229 comment forms and we have been able to analyse these throughout the consultation process.

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Rossendale Businesses Win Big at the Lancashire Tourism Awards

Published on November 6, 2015 at 10:32 am

Rossendale came away with two fantastic awards from last night’s Marketing Lancashire Tourism Awards.

The Whitaker Gallery and Museum won the cultural and tourism award last night at the Marketing Lancashire Tourism Awards ceremony in Blackpool.

The award names them as the best cultural and tourism offer in the whole county.

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Bacup THI Work Is Underway

Published on October 28, 2015 at 10:29 am

The programme of works for the Bacup THI Project has now started.Bacup THI

The Pioneer Building is currently being worked on which will see repairs to the clock tower and roof, new shop fronts based on the original designs dating from 1914 as well as stone and iron works to preserve the heritage aspects of the building.

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