Rossendale Council has submitted an application to the Government’s Restoring Your Railway Fund. This is a new fund announced by the Government to bring forward rail infrastructure. Successful bidders will be awarded £50,000 to supplement feasibility work and can link to further capital funding.
In 2018, the Council developed an early strategic case for investment which identified five possible delivery options and concluded that such a link was both feasible and viable.
A steering group will lead on the planning and delivery of the proposed commuter rail link from Rossendale to Manchester, with stops along the way at Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom, Bury and Heywood.
The Valley City Link group brings together MPs Jake Berry, Liz McInnes and James Frith; representatives from Rossendale, Bury, Rochdale and Lancashire County Councils; Transport for Greater Manchester; Greater Manchester and East Lancashire Chambers of Commerce and local business leaders.
Rossendale Council’s leader Alyson Barnes has expressed disappointment that Rossendale to Manchester rail link is not listed as a priority project in Transport for the North’s strategic transport plan (STP).
At last night’s meeting (20th December) Rossendale Borough Council approved the sale of Rossendale Transport Limited (trading as Rosso) to Transdev Blazefield. The formal transfer will be completed in the next few weeks.
As part of the agreement, Transdev is planning to invest significantly in Rosso including spending in the region of £3 million on state-of-the-art new buses to be placed on the busiest routes to benefit the most people and the most communities.
Lancashire Constabulary is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of using a mobile phone behind the wheel.
There are tough new penalties for those who flout the law. From next week, Wednesday 1 March 2017, new legislation comes into effect that means motorists who are caught using a mobile whilst driving will receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine, doubling the previous punishment.
Rossendale Borough Council, together with Civic Pride groups, are calling on the community to step up and be a local hero as part of the national Great British Spring Clean Event to celebrate where we live.
The Great British Spring Clean event is taking place 3rd-5th March and we would like you to get involved.
It is said that ‘love changes everything’ and with this sentiment, we would like your help in changing the mind-set of the small minority of irresponsible owners who fail to Bag it and Bin it, with the release of the Dogs Trust’s new video…
Along with the Dogs Trust, we are urging dog owners to make the ultimate declaration of love this Valentines by pledging to pick up after their dog, and sharing the video using #DogsTrustBigScoop.
Rosso held its first annual Long Service Awards Dinner at Sykeside Country Hotel, Haslingden, on Saturday 28 January 2017.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Rossendale. Cllr Granville Morris and his wife Susan were guests of honour and presented Long Service Certificates and gifts to 14 employees who between them have given a combined total of 400 years’ service to the Company and its predecessors.
Work will resume to create a major cycle route linking towns in East Lancashire following a consultation on what people would like to see from the routes being developed in Rossendale.
The East Lancashire Cycleway Network aims to transform cycling in the area, making it easier for people to use their bikes to access opportunities by improving links to workplaces, schools, shops and services.
Civic Pride have collected another award this month, this time in the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Its Your Neighbourhood’ competition.
Civic Pride entered The Old Fold Garden (opposite Mr Fitzpatrick’s Temperance Bar) and won a Level 4 Award for Thriving, a mere one point off Outstanding!
RHS Judge Stephen Lowe said;
“It was great to see how this area had been transformed…from a foreboding, litter strewn, overgrown forgotten corner, into a superb blast of colour which will lit the spirits of all who sit and enjoy the results of their hard work.”
Civic Pride rally Rossendale into becmoing litter free.
Walk down Bacup Road in Rawtenstall early on Sunday morning and you’ll doubtless see plenty of fast food litter, cans, bottles and cigarette ends strewn across the pavements. Take Away corner is a reminder of what most of Rossendale used to look like before Civic Pride and other volunteers got to grips with the problem.
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.
From the start of the new school year, the Rossendale Police Community Roadwatch team are going to continue operations outside several local schools where there have been problems over the last twelve months with motorists parking on the Zig Zag lines outside.
This action is causing a serious risk to children being dropped off and picked up by limiting visibility as they are crossing the road.
Plans for Rawtenstall’s new £5.4million Spinning Point masterplan have gone into top gear as funding was approved.
The Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Board and Lancashire County Council (LCC) have now both formally approved the Rossendale Together Barnfield Partnership’s £1.9million bid to the Local Growth Fund and the £3.5million Lancashire County Council funding.
The Council is in the process of reviewing its policies and procedures in relation to the licensing of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles, drivers and operators.
The Council recognises the need for safe, healthy, convenient, effective and sustainable hackney carriage and private hire services for the travelling public and how they make an important contribution to the local economy and good of the Borough.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.