Monthly Archives: October 2020

New COVID-19 Test Centre for Rossendale

Published on October 28, 2020 at 3:39 pm

Rossendale is set to have its own dedicated COVID-19 testing centre.

The centre — a secure and semi-permanent marquee, which will be manned full time for the next three months — will open on the town square in the centre of Rawtenstall on Friday (30 October).

The COVID-19 testing station will only be open to people with symptoms who book a test via either the government website or the app.

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Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant Scheme

Published on October 26, 2020 at 10:58 am

The Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies is a one-off limited contribution for local authorities in England to use to support people who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19.

Applicants must:

· Be at least 18 years of age

· Be resident in Burnley, Pendle or Rossendale

· Be able to demonstrate that they struggling to afford food and / or other essentials due to Covid-19.

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Lottery funded expansion of the Whitaker takes shape

Published on October 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm

VISITORS to Whitaker Park in Rawtenstall cannot fail to miss that the £1.9million transformation of The Whitaker Museum has begun. 

Waterfoot-based construction company B&E Boys started on site on June 29 and already the steel framework that will form the new cafe bar has been installed. 

The former barn and stables will become an events and community space with a catering kitchen.

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We want to know what you think – Have your say in our COVID survey

Published on October 21, 2020 at 12:46 pm

Rossendale borough council are urging people to complete a survey to help establish the views and attitudes of residents regarding the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions placed on them.  

Lancashire was placed in Tier 3, very high alert, last weekend. This means the closure of pubs and bars not serving food, as well as betting shops, casinos and adult gaming centres.

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Rossendale Works secures funding for youth employment programme

Published on October 19, 2020 at 10:04 am

A BESPOKE council youth project to help 18-25 year olds in Rossendale into work has received funding from the Department of Work and Pensions.

The Rossendale Council scheme will offer a holistic and tailored approach working with partners and using the experience gained by the hugely successful Rossendale Works project.

Rossendale Council Leader Councillor Alyson Barnes said: “I am delighted to announce that the council’s Economic Development department has secured £50,000 to extender our employability offer.

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Published on October 16, 2020 at 2:39 pm


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On the 16th October  the Government announced its intention to place Rossendale into tier 3 of the recently introduced Covid 19 restrictions.

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Invest in Rossendale starts Business Workshops for Local Businesses 

Published on October 14, 2020 at 3:30 pm

 Rossendale Borough Council’s successful Invest in Rossendale initiative has held its first socially distanced and Covid compliant workshop for businesses.

The workshop run by Business Advisor Brad Hacking was the first of several planned ‘Keystone’ workshops scheduled by Invest in Rossendale that are aimed at helping new, as well as established companies, across Rossendale. 

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Tier 2 for Lancashire in government’s new Covid alert system

Published on October 12, 2020 at 7:31 pm

Issued on behalf of Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackpool Council and Lancashire’s 12 district councils.

– Lancashire placed in Tier 2 in new government alert system
– Bar closures avoided – for now
– Leaders demand any new restrictions must come with more support
– New rules mean no indoor socialising in Lancashire
– You can meet others outdoors – if you follow the rule of six

The government has announced its new coronavirus alert system and has placed Lancashire in Tier 2 – meaning that coronavirus levels are high in the county.

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Plans in place to grow Rossendale’s Visitor Economy

Published on October 12, 2020 at 2:13 pm

A COMPREHENSIVE Visitor Economy Strategy has been drawn up to make Rossendale more attractive to day visitors and those wanting a staycation.

Since July, a series of online meetings have gathered the views of more than 60 businesses, organisations and community members on five key areas: marketing; outdoor, lifestyle; accommodation and creativity.

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