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This Sunday sees the "re-opening" of Thompson Park, Burnley, following a £1.2 million refurbishment programme.

One of Burnley’s best-loved parks will officially be “re-opened” this Sunday (19th August) following a £1.2 million restoration project.

The official ceremony will take place at the main entrance gates on Ormerod Road at 1.30pm and form part of a Fun in the Park event from noon to 4pm.

Work started on refurbishing the park in December 2017 and the project was largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund following a successful application by Burnley Council, which also contributed £250,000 towards the cost.

Dog owners are being given the chance to have their pets “chipped” for free at a special event in Burnley.

The Dogs Trust has teamed up with Burnley Council to run a free microchipping event at Thursby Park, Queen Victoria Road, on Wednesday 22nd August, between 11am and 3pm.

“The law changed in 2016 and your dog must be chipped,” said council dog warden Matthew Balderson. “Chipping makes it a lot easier to identify a dog and return it to its owner if it goes missing. It’s a quick and relatively painless procedure.”

Burnley woman Toni Heys was overjoyed to receive a £500 “bonus” towards her wedding fund after winning a prize draw organised on behalf of Burnley Council by its strategic partner Liberata.

The borough’s residents were offered the chance to enter the draw if they opted to receive this year’s council tax bill online, rather than a paper version, to cut down on red tape and save money, as well as reducing phone waiting times and other benefits for users.

Work has begun to demolish a former cinema block in Burnley.

Internal work is underway at the old Studio 123 cinema in the Charter Walk shopping centre.

Burnley Market Hall, which is next to the site, will remain open for business as usual throughout the demolition work, as will the nearby Curzon Street car park.

The demolition will remove an unsightly and underused building and is part of wider plans for the continued regeneration of Burnley town centre.

Burnley Council is planning to continue to expand its alleygating scheme across the borough as part of wider work to help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

The council has set aside just over £51,000 in this year’s capital programme to help fund more security gates at “hot spots”, following consultation with residents.

That is double the previous annual amount set aside for alleygating - meaning twice the number of schemes can go ahead this year.

As part of a wider commitment to improving the local housing stock, Burnley Council is carrying out improvement work in one of the borough’s selective licensing areas.

Improvements are being carried out in the Ingham Street and Lawrence Street area of Padiham.

They include installing new gutters and downpipes, pointing and rendering, and painting of the stonework.

Each property is individually assessed as not all the houses need all the works offered. The majority of the owners and residents have given their permission for the scheme to take place.

At a meeting of Burnley’s full council on 31st July, councillors agreed to adopt a new Local Plan. The new plan replaces the 2006 Burnley Local Plan.

The Local Plan covers the whole of the borough. It sets the statutory framework for all planning matters, excluding matters relating to minerals and waste. These are dealt with by a plan prepared by Lancashire County Council.

A separate gypsy and traveller site allocation development plan document will be produced at a later date.

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Local veterans, Mr. Billy Allot and Mr. Vince Pridden, received the well wishes of Mayor of Burnley Charlie Briggs today as they prepare to travel to Europe for the “Great Pilgrimage 90.”

The Royal British Legion event, known as Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90), takes place between the 5th and 9th of August and will be one of the largest in the charity’s history.

Burnley Leisure and Burnley Council are supporting a young disabled man’s national campaign to improve facilities in public places.

The leisure trust and the council is backing 22-year-old Zack Kerr’s campaign by installing a fully accessible Changing Place toilet and changing facility at St Peter’s leisure centre and another at Burnley bus station.

Work on the facilities is underway, and Zack will be invited to open them to the public. The facilities are expected to be ready next month.

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