Council and democracy

Rossendale residents need photo ID to vote at elections in May 

Published on January 16, 2023 at 6:48 pm

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For the first time, residents across the country will need to show photographic ID to vote at this year’s local elections. Rossendale residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote on 4 May by checking they have an accepted form of ID.  

Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK, EEA or Commonwealth drivers’ licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card.

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Lancashire’s Labour Leaders take strong stance against fracking

Published on October 20, 2022 at 8:42 am

Lancashire’s Labour Council Leaders have come out strongly against the government’s proposals to lift the ban on fracking. Labour Councils have adopted strategies to ensure their organisations can achieve net zero carbon targets by 2030.  These councils are also actively working with community groups and businesses to secure broader carbon reduction levels in their districts. 

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Rossendale Council Chief Executive to leave for new role

Published on October 10, 2022 at 10:40 am

RBC CEO Neil Shaw

Chief Executive of Rossendale Borough Council, Neil Shaw has announced his departure after almost three years at the helm. 

Neil said: “It has been a real privilege to be the council’s Chief Executive. During my time the council has progressed work on improving its town centres, seen the re-opening of the Whitaker Museum after its £2.2m redevelopment, gained the borough’s first Green Flag and seen an improvement in our parks generally, and made major strides in our innovative work on carbon reduction.

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Have your say on a new political map for Rossendale Borough Council  

Published on September 27, 2022 at 10:24 am

A new pattern of wards is being developed for Rossendale Borough Council. The Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Rossendale should be 30. This is a change from the current council which has 36. The Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area.

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Consultation on Rossendale Council’s election cycle

Published on June 1, 2022 at 9:30 am

Rossendale Council is undertaking a public consultation on how often electors should vote for councillors. Rossendale Council is asking for residents’ views on whether the council should change to ‘whole-council elections’ every four years or retain the existing system of election ‘by thirds’.   

Currently Rossendale Council holds elections ‘by thirds’ meaning that in three years out of four, one third of council seats are up for election. 

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Council launch residents feedback survey

Published on April 21, 2022 at 9:00 am

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Rossendale Council have launched a survey to gather information from residents about their interactions with the council. The council are asking as many residents as possible to complete the survey in order to help them develop and improve their services and the customer care journey. 

A council spokesperson said: “It is important that we gather information from our residents to measure their experience when they contact the council.

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Local elections May 2022

Published on February 22, 2022 at 9:21 am

With local elections due to take place on Thursday 5 May, have you ever considered standing as a councillor yourself?  

Rossendale Council comprises 36 elected Councillors representing 14 Wards across the Borough. Councillors are elected to serve a 4 year term with elections covering one third of the seats taking place every year.

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Local Government Association Assesses Rossendale Council As ‘Impressive’

Published on November 22, 2021 at 8:26 am

Rossendale Borough Council have hosted a visit of a team from the Local Government Association. The corporate peer challenge is used by councils across the country to understand how well they are delivering for local residents and to share ideas on how they can accelerate some of their plans. 

The team, made up of councillors and officials from other local authorities, found the council to be ‘really impressive’.

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Council debate Local Democracy Week with Haslingden pupils

Published on October 20, 2021 at 3:30 pm


Rossendale Council have celebrated Local Democracy week by hosting a mock committee with pupils from Haslingden High School to give them an insight into how decisions are made a local level. 

Local Democracy Week takes place each autumn and events and activities are organised across the country.  

Mayor of Rossendale Jackie Oakes said: “Local Democracy Week is a way of engaging people to get involved in their community, learn about democracy and have a voice in the decisions that matter for our everyday lives. 

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