Yearly Archives: 2021

Free rapid Covid-19 tests available to all in Lancashire

Published on April 12, 2021 at 11:00 am

RAPID coronavirus testing is now available to everyone in Lancashire, as the county heads out of lockdown and looks towards its recovery.

From 9th April 2021 rapid coronavirus testing kits for people with no symptoms are available to everyone in England, with people encouraged to test themselves twice a week. Alongside the rollout of the vaccine, regular testing is at the heart of plans to reopen society and the economy, helping to suppress and control the spread of any possible variants.

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Published on April 9, 2021 at 3:32 pm


It is with great sadness that we were notified of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. His length of service to the country and support to the Queen is recognised by communities across the country. 

We remember the Duke for his longstanding service to the country.

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People across Lancashire encouraged to talk to save lives as lockdown eases 

Published on April 9, 2021 at 9:17 am

Everyone across Lancashire and South Cumbria is being encouraged to talk to friends and family members, helplines and debt support services as lockdown restrictions ease.  

As the third national Coronavirus lockdown comes to an end, and people take stock of their lives, the local health and care partnership has launched the next phase of its Let’s Keep Talking campaign.

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Three ways voters can cast their vote at the May elections

Published on April 7, 2021 at 3:20 pm

On Thursday 6 May residents in Rossendale will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at Rossendale Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, plus the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire. 

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote.

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is asking you to be a “good egg” to prevent wildfires this Easter

Published on April 2, 2021 at 9:00 am

With Easter half term upon us and lockdown restrictions easing allowing social gatherings outdoors, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) is preparing for the possibilities of wildfires. LFRS is keen to encourage people to be a “good egg” and act responsibly to keep themselves and the surrounding countryside safe. 

From 1st March to 31st May 2020, LFRS were called to 78 wildfire incidents, which alarmingly is an 11% increase from 2019.

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Council launch Business Recovery Plan

Published on March 24, 2021 at 8:37 am

Rossendale Borough Council, along with local business leaders, have developed a business recovery plan to help the local economy navigate its way out of pandemic and lockdowns. 

The impact of COVID-19 on local areas in 2020/2021 has been significant and authorities like Rossendale have borne the brunt of this impact. 

Alyson Barnes, Council Leader, said: “We have been faced with many challenges brought on by this pandemic and these challenges are going to affect businesses everywhere – not just in Rossendale – well into 2021 and beyond. 

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High praise for Council’s Economic Development and Property Team

Published on March 23, 2021 at 9:14 am

AN EXTERNAL assessment of Rossendale Council’s Economic Development and Property Team concluded it delivers a strong return on investment.

For every £1 invested by the council, the report says the return is ‘considerable’, particularly regarding the successes of employability project Rossendale Works and the team’s ability to generate new employment and safeguard existing jobs.

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Rossendale’s Day of Reflection

Published on March 22, 2021 at 9:21 am

Rossendale Borough Council are joining other local councils across the country in inviting residents to take part in a National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23rd March marking the first anniversary of the pandemic lockdown. 

A minute’s silence will be held across the UK at noon, while at 8pm people are being asked to light up their doorsteps with torches, candles and mobile phones.

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Council seeks residents feedback  

Published on March 20, 2021 at 2:14 pm

Rossendale Borough Council are asking residents for their feedback and ideas about what they would like to see in the programme of works that the council will deliver in 2021/22 

Each year the Overview and Scrutiny Committee considers and selects suitable topics for inclusion in the annual work programme. 

The committee’s aim is to add value to the work of the Council and produce worthwhile outcomes for local people. 

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Employment successes for Rossendale Youth Works

Published on March 19, 2021 at 3:30 pm

AFTER a four-week placement with a firm in Haslingden, Kierren Cramp so impressed bosses he landed himself a full-time job as a repair technician. 

Kierren, 20, from Bacup, now works for domestic appliance repair company E&S Services, on Grane Road, and is one of nine success stories from the new Rossendale Youth Works 

The Rossendale Council scheme, in partnership with Active Lancashire, is backed by funding from the Department of Work and Pensions and led by Andy Clark.

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