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General news

General news and event news.

New university student accommodation taking shape

Plans to transform Burnley into a university town are fast taking shape as work on new student accommodation changes the town centre skyline.

A lattice of steelwork is being created next to Sandygate Square which will provide the foundation for a 136-bed building with car parking to provide high-quality student accommodation. On the ground floor there will be units available for shops, cafes or offices.

“Premier” property company latest to be accredited

A company with properties in Padiham has become the latest to be recognised for its professional approach to looking after its houses and tenants.

A representative from Premier Property Management was presented with an accreditation certificate to mark its successful application to Burnley Council’s good landlord and agent scheme (GLAS).

Through property inspections and an audit of its management procedures, Premier, which is based in Barnoldswick, showed it has a professional approach and the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully manage private rented properties.

Extra electric vehicle charging points set to be installed

A series of additional electric vehicles charging points are set to be installed in Burnley borough.

Burnley Council and five other local authorities across Lancashire submitted a successful bid for Government funding that could see four rapid charging points installed in each area.

Potential sites on council-owned car parks have been identified and are currently being evaluated by Electricity North West.

Task force groups set up to find innovative ways of tackling environmental issues

Burnley Council is set to establish two cross-party task force groups to investigate how the authority can better tackle dog fouling and climate change.

Part of the groups’ work will be to investigate best practice elsewhere in the country as well as coming up with innovative ideas of their own.

The task forces were announced in a report that will go to a meeting of the full council on 10th July.

They are among initiatives announced by the new administration which came in after the local elections in May and reflect the new cross-party approach being taken.

Breathing new life into long-term empty houses

A further 80 long-term vacant and run-down properties across the borough are set to have new life put back into them this year thanks to Burnley Council’s empty homes programme.

The programme sees properties that have been left empty for many years and which often attract anti-social behaviour acquired by the council, renovated and then sold on with the proceeds being put back into the scheme to tackle more empty homes.

London Olympic contractors building new Burnley BMX track

Contractors have started work on site to build a new wheeled sports area at Hargher Clough Park, Burnley.

The concrete ramps and bowls will provide a challenge for skate boarders, small wheeled scooters, BMX bikers as well as in-line skaters.

The scheme is the result of several years of fundraising by the Stoops and Hargher Clough community centre who were supported by local fundraising experts Proffits CIC and is costing £130,000.

Contact Burnley is on the move

Burnley Council’s contact centre is on the move.

Contact Burnley will move from its existing offices on the corner of Parker Lane and Red Lion Street to new offices, just 50 yards along Parker Lane, in September.

The contact centre houses staff that deal with inquiries from the public, as well as issues such as benefits claims and council services. The council’s main switchboard is also based there.

Play areas get improvement “make-over” as part of wider council investment

The popular Riverside play area at Towneley Park, Burnley, has been completely refurbished in time for the busy summer school holidays.

The new-look play area includes a state-of-the-art interactive sonic arch that offers a range of interactive games and is one of only six of its kind in the whole country.

It also features equipment specifically adapted for disabled users, including a wheelchair swing, additional sand and water play items and refurbished musical equipment.

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