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About the Council

Council news.

Burnley Council’s strategic partnership with Liberata is helping create new jobs, councillors will be told.

The council has just started its third year of its partnership with Liberata with the announcement that the private contractor is ahead of schedule in locating new jobs to the borough, with a further eight posts having been recently created to support the delivery of contracts with other local authorities.

Reports have been published setting out proposals for how Burnley Council will meet its financial challenges over the next year, whilst continuing to deliver priority services.

The papers also look ahead over the years to 2022, showing how Burnley Council continues to face shrinking budgets, and setting out a broad approach to balancing the books.

Factors affecting the budget include a 2 per cent pay increase for local council workers, which is being agreed nationally and which Burnley Council has to implement.

Arrangements have been made for the annual service of remembrance to be held at the Peace Garden, Croft Street, Burnley, on Sunday, 12th November.

The service will start shortly before 11am and will be conducted by the Bishop of Burnley, Reverend Philip North CMP, Father Roger Parker, Chaplain to the Royal British Legion, and Father Peter Hopkinson of St Mary’s of Assumption.

Members of the public attending are asked to be at the Peace Garden no later than 10.45am.

Our condolences go to the family of the former Mayor of Burnley, Ken Butterworth, who has sadly passed away at his home in Great Yarmouth.

Mr Butterworth served as Mayor in 1984/85. 


Burnley Council has launched its annual residents’ survey to gauge people’s priorities and help shape its services.

The survey, which is open to anyone living in the borough, covers a number of issues including satisfaction levels about services, questions about Thompson Park and the customer service the council provides, anti-social behavior issues, and the three best and worst things about Burnley.

Burnley councillors have been given an update on the progress of a strategic partnership between the council and private contractor Liberata.

The company was brought in to take over the running of some services from the council. These included customer services, revenue and benefits, and environmental health.

The partnership was part of Burnley Council’s strategic planning around maintaining essential public services while meeting ever-increasing financial challenges.

A long-standing Burnley councillor has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of his work.

John Harbour was nominated in the “Place Shaping and Environment” category of the national LGIU councillor of the year awards for his work on environmental improvement schemes and for his “hands on” involvement in initiatives to boost the borough’s housing market.

The Red Ensign flag will be flown over Burnley Town Hall as part of a national campaign to honour the Merchant Navy.

Burnley Council has once again agreed to take part in the campaign to raise awareness of the role the Merchant Navy has played, and continues to play, in bringing essential goods to Britain.

This Sunday (3rd September) is Red Ensign Day and organisations across the country have been asked to mark it in their own way. Because it falls on a Sunday the flag will be raised over the town hall on Friday (1st Sept) and remain there over the weekend.

A special meeting will be held at Burnley Town Hall on Wednesday 6th September. Councillor will be asked to ratify the recommendation of the Appointments Committee that Mick Cartledge be selected as Burnley Council's new Chief Executive.

Mr Cartledge is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Burnley. The appointment comes after a robust recruitment process.

Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend will hold his next “out and about” surgery on Saturday 19th August in Burnley town centre between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Councillor Townsend said: “I invite anyone to come along and talk through any issues or concerns they have. These Out and About surgeries are an opportunity for people to talk to me face-to-face about things that matter to them and their community.”

Coun. Townsend will be at the council trailer at the junction of Manchester Road and St James Street. There’s no need to make an appointment - just drop by.


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