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About the Council

Council news.

Council sets out financial challenges ahead

Councillors in Burnley are considering ways to meet the severe financial challenges that lie ahead as they prepare to agree this year’s budget.

Burnley Council is facing making savings of more than £4 million, or 27.5% of the 2017/18 revenue budget, over the next three years as a result of Government funding cuts.

The council’s executive meets on 13th February to discuss several financial reports, outlining the state of the council’s finances and looking ahead, as preparation for setting the 2017/18 budget later this month.

Updated Strategic Plan’s vision for the future

A bold and ambitious vision for Burnley’s future is set out in the updated annual Strategic Plan which will be considered by councilors this month.

The Plan drawn up by the council sets out how it will deliver services over the next three years in the face of massive funding cuts, and the priorities for shaping the future of the borough.

It sits alongside the council’s budget-setting process and its financial plans for the coming years and forms an over-view of it will adapt to the changes ahead.

Conservation management plan to get the green light

A draft management plan aimed at helping protect the heritage of Padiham conservation area is set to be agreed by councillors.

The plan sets out the work required to protect and strengthen the Padiham Conservation Area as a site of special architectural and historic interest and make it attractive for residents, workers and visitors.

Burnley Council’s executive is recommended to approve the draft plan when it meets on 13th February. 

Council tax discount for renovated houses

Burnley Council is considering changing its policy on Council Tax discounts by introducing a specific discount for certain sorts of renovated properties.

A proposal to offer a 100% discount for up to six months, once renovation work is completed, on formerly uninhabitable empty houses that have been empty for over 12 months, will be decided by the council’s executive.

The aim is to provide an incentive to owners to improve the standard of the properties and bring them back into occupation.

Drop in and speak to the council leader

Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend will hold his next “out and about” surgery on Saturday 11th February at Tesco supermarket, Padiham.

Councillor Townsend will be at the council trailer 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.”

There’s no need to make an appointment - just drop by.

Government finance shortfall is added budget pressure

Further details have been announced by the Government regarding the Local Government Finance Settlement (LGFS) over the next three years.

Unfortunately the announcement means that the cumulative budget gap for Burnley Council is greater than projected, rising from an estimated £4 million to £4.5 million.

This situation has no major impact on plans for the 2017/18 budget currently being set. However, it does add to the challenges the council faces in the following two financial years.

Resettling Syrian refugees : Burnley set to play its part

As previously announced, and as previously covered in the Lancashire Telegraph (10 December 2016) and Burnley Express (13 December 2016), Burnley Council is considering the details of a Lancashire-wide programme to resettle Syrian refugees.

Council leader Coun. Mark Townsend said: “We have already made a commitment that the town will play its proper part in helping resettle refugees, and will do so as part of a co-ordinated approach across Lancashire.

Annual Holocaust service in Burnley

Arrangements have now been made for the annual Holocaust memorial service in Burnley.

The service will be held at the Peace Garden, Croft Street starting at 1pm on Sunday 29th January.

The multi-faith service will commemorate and honour all the victims of the Holocaust and assert a commitment to oppose racism, anti-Semitism, victimisation and genocide.

It will be attended by The Worshipful the Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Jeff Sumner, and the Mayoress Mrs Lesley Sumner. Members of the public are invited to attend.

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