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General news

General news and event news.

Representatives from a range of organisations joined the Mayor of Burnley today to mark the annual Commonwealth Day.

The Commonwealth flag was raised over Burnley Town Hall before a short Civic reception.

The Mayor Councillor Howard Baker, was joined by deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire Terry Hephrun, local councillors and representatives from the community.

The annual celebration is observed every year across the world on the second Monday of March.

Burnley’s new Local Plan was submitted for independent examination by a Government-appointed inspector in 2017. 

Following his consideration of the plan and the representations made, including at the examination hearing sessions in November and December 2017, the inspector proposed a number of main modifications (ie changes to the Submitted Plan that he considers necessary to make it ‘sound’).

Garden waste collections have begun again after the usual temporary halt over the winter months.

Collections from those homes signed up to the subscription service began again on Monday 26thFebruary on one of the collection rounds (and will begin on 5th March for properties on the other collection round).

Sport Relief week happens later this month.

Burnley Leisure are putting on a range of events so that you can take part, raise some funds which will go to good causes, and enjoy yourself keeping fit.

The week runs from Sunday 18th March- Sunday 25th March.

Local events taking place during the week are as follows, with all proceeds going to Sport Relief:


One of the first items of business when councillors met in Burnley Town Hall this week was for the Mayor to award an official certificate of recognition to Mr Steven Pyecroft,

Steven has volunteered in Scott Park for the last three years. He began repairing and repainting benches in Scott Park together with other benches on Manchester Road and around Rosehill and some in Cliviger. 

Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of the nation’s waterways, has submitted plans to transform Finsley Gate Wharf in Burnley into a hive of activity for the local community and visitors.

Known locally as Mile Wharf, it is one of the oldest wharves on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, dating from between 1700 and 1830. The Grade II Listed buildings, which include three warehouses, a canal cottage, outbuilding and blacksmith forge, are in a poor state of repair, having been unused for several years.


Local authorities confirmed today that they have withdrawn permission for Blitzrun to use Burnley’s parks for a half marathon event which the independent company had been organising for Sunday 25 March 2018.

This decision has been taken because Blitzrun have failed to supply an appropriate traffic management plan by the final deadline which was issued to them.

A call has gone out for artists – both amateur and professional – to take part in the second annual Painting Padiham competition.

The inaugural event last year proved a great success – and organisers are confident they can build on that to make this year’s competition even better.

Two private landlords in Burnley have been fined a total of more than £27,000 under enforcement powers introduced in the borough to help tackle “rogue” property owners and improve conditions for renters.

National Government legislation, which includes the use of civil penalty notices of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for first time offences, became council policy last year.

A series of facelifting improvements to properties across Burnley borough is under way.

An improvement scheme has recently been completed along Accrington Road, improving the appearance of shops and houses on this important gateway into Burnley.

Three blocks of terraced houses in Branch Road, facing the new housing development in Burnley Wood, have seen similar works undertaken, together with the backs of two blocks of terraced homes in Heap Street, Duke Bar.


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