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About the Council

Council news.

Official report praises council's performance and ambition

In-depth report emphasises positive achievements, and suggests key issues for future work

“Challenge us”. “Review our work”. That was the invite Burnley Council recently put to a high-powered team from the Local Government Association.

Their ‘peer challenge’ report has just been published. Key findings include:

·        Burnley Council has strong political and managerial leadership in place

·        On this basis, its work makes a positive difference to the borough

Asbestos work completed as refurbishment continues at Padiham Town Hall

Work to remove asbestos from Padiham Town Hall as part of a wider scheme to repair the historic building following last year’s floods has been completed.

The Boxing Day floods caused massive damage to the Grade II listed landmark as well as to businesses and homes across the town.

The town hall has been closed since the flooding which saw the building inundated with water from the neighbouring River Calder up to the height of the basement ceiling.

Plan to bring empty homes back to life

Councillors are set to agree a series of measures to bring long-term empty properties across Burnley and Padiham back into use.

As part of its Empty Homes Programme, Burnley Council’s executive, which meets on 1st November, is being asked to approve compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) on nine properties at various addresses in Burnley. The purchases will result in houses which have been empty for a number of years bought, refurbished and then put back on the open market. The money raised is put back into the programme to fund further purchases.

Proposed changes to council tax support put on hold

Burnley Council is set to postpone any proposed changes to the way it deals with council tax support payments until next year.

There were concerns among councilors that the proposals would not reflect the aims of the council and would particularly impact on young working families.

The council’s support scheme has not changed since April 2015 although since then the Government has made a number of changes to the housing benefits scheme. The council was due to look at ways of bringing the two schemes into line.

Double Olympic champion among guests at Mayor’s charity event

More than 150 people enjoyed the Mayor of Burnley’s annual charity dinner dance.

Among the guests at the Mechanics Theatre, Burnley, was double Olympic gold medallist cyclist Steven Burke. The Colne-born champion donated a signed Olympic tracksuit top which raised £210.

The evening was a resounding success, with just over £2,000 raised for the Mayor’s charities – Pendleside Hospice, the British Heart Foundation and the Samaritans.

Civic Remembrance Sunday service in Burnley

Arrangements have been made for the annual Service of Remembrance to be held at the Peace Garden, Croft Street, Burnley on Sunday, 13th November.

The service will start shortly before 11a.m and will be conducted by the Bishop of Burnley Reverend Philip North, Father Roger Parker, Chaplain to the Royal British Legion, Reverend Patrick Senior Chaplain to the Mayor of Burnley, and Father Brian Keeley.  Members of the public attending are asked to be at the Peace Garden no later than 10.45am.

Nation’s favourite bear pays a visit to Burnley Town Hall

Members of staff at Burnley Town Hall have been treated to a very special visit by a fluffy yellow guest in support of Children in Need.

The BBC’s very own Pudsey Bear took time out of his packed fund-raising schedule and dropped by the town hall on Monday, 17th October.

The famous bear had a busy day strolling around Burnley town centre with his collection bucket raising funds for this year’s appeal.

Visits to the town hall and local businesses were organised by the town’s Boots store.

Residents asked for their views on council services

Burnley Council is asking a series of questions about its services as part of its annual survey to keep track of people’s priorities.

The council works closely with other public services such as the police, health, and community representatives to make decisions about the provision of services for local people.

The survey, which is open to anyone living in the borough, covers a number of issues including satisfaction levels about services, questions about the Mechanics Theatre and Burnley Markets, and the three best and worst things about Burnley.

Burnley councillors nominated for top national award

A pair of long-serving Burnley councillors has been shortlisted for a prestigious award recognising their work in the community.

Burnley Council councillors Ida Carmichael and Roger Frost are up for accolades at the annual Local Government Information Unit’s Councillor Achievement Awards.

Cllr Carmichael, who has spent 18 years on the council for Whittlefield with Ightenhill, has been shortlisted in the District Councillor of the Year category.


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