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About the Council

Council news.

Residents deliver their verdict on council services

The results of the latest survey of residents across Burnley have been revealed and provide a snapshot of people’s views on a wide range of council services.

The annual survey, carried out through the Citizens’ Panel and social media, attracted almost 650 responses. The results will be used to help shape Burnley Council’s future work.

Parks and sports facilities, the local countryside, and good neighbours/people are considered to be the best things about living in Burnley. Litter and dog fouling were named the biggest problems.

Other highlights included:

Burnley Local Plan

Burnley Council officers are continuing to make progress on work to develop the new Local Plan which will help shape the borough over the next two decades.

It is a long and complex process to create one of the most important documents the council produces, securing investment in new homes and jobs in the borough.

There are, at this stage, a few outstanding technical issues that need to be resolved. As a result a decision has been made to re-schedule the dates on which the executive and full council were due to discuss the Local Plan. The new dates are to be confirmed.

Pub landlord fined for late night noise

A pub landlord has been fined after complaints about late-night music blaring out and disturbing neighbours.

Christopher Toothill, licensee of the Sun Inn at Harle Syke, Burnley, pleaded guilty at Burnley Magistrates’ Court to two offences of unlicensable activity after a prosecution was brought by Burnley Council.

Following complaints from local residents, officers from the Pennine Night Time noise nuisance team monitored the pub over two weekends in June and July and witnessed live music being played beyond permitted hours.

Burnley Council appoints to key role

Senior management restructure put in place 

Following decisions last month to bring in a new operating model for Burnley Council’s senior management, Mick Cartledge has now been appointed to the post of Chief Operating Officer.

As part of the changes, two high-level posts of Director of Community Services and Director of Resources have been cut from the Council’s structure and replaced by one post of Chief Operating Officer.

Crackdown on illegal dog breeders

Burnley Council is calling on people to be extra careful when buying puppies after a crackdown on illegal dog breeders in the town.

Three pitbull bitches and 21 puppies, together worth thousands of pounds, have been seized in a joint operation between the council and Lancashire Police.

It has led to renewed calls to people to only buy puppies through legal and responsible sellers.

Dates set for next stage of proposed Local Plan

Dates have been set for councillors in Burnley to discuss the next stage of the proposed Local Plan for the borough.

The proposed submission document takes account of points put forward by residents and a range of organisations during the consultation on the Preferred Options in July and August.

It will be discussed at an executive meeting on Monday 16th January and by the full council on Thursday 19th January.

Negotiations on community buildings

Burnley Councillors look set to give the green light to negotiations which will see responsibility for several community buildings in the borough transfer to charities and community groups.

A report to next week’s Executive meeting proposes that long leases could be established next year for three buildings: Burnley Wood Community Centre; the Vanguard Centre; and Linkbridge, on Swinless Street.

Council to discuss boundary change proposals

Burnley councillors will assemble at the Town Hall next Wednesday evening, 23rd November, for an extraordinary meeting of the Full Council.

The main business will be discussion of the changes to the parliamentary constituency boundaries that have been proposed by the Boundary Commission.

The Council will decide on how to respond to the current consultation on the proposed changes, which is running until 5th December.

The report which councillors will discuss sets out that:


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