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General news and event news.

Covid virus variant in Burnley- be alert and take action

Parts of East Lancashire have seen an outbreak of the Covid-19 variant first identified in India, which is known as variant B.1.617.2.  Last week, it was declared a “variant of concern” by Public Health England (PHE) after scientific studies found it may be more easily passed from one person to another. There are only a small number of confirmed cases in Burnley at this time.

Stay safe this Eid Mubarak

We know that Covid restrictions have been tough on everyone.

Celebrations have been changed or canvcelled, making it difficult to celebrate religious festivals that are important to many of us.

Please continue to follow Covid-19 guidelines when marking Eid, to keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.

Big "thank you" to residents for census response

Burnley Council is saying a big “thank you” to all its residents for their outstanding response to this year's census.

Despite the many challenges in delivering a census during a global pandemic, the response rate in the borough of Burnley has exceeded the council’s target response rate of 80%.

Overall, the census – delivered by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) once every ten years and supported by councils in England and Wales – has been a huge success nationally with 97% of households responding.

Amended Pioneer Place plans get green light

Amended plans to build a leisure complex in Burnley town centre have been granted planning permission.

Burnley Council’s development control committee has approved proposals for a scaled down version of a previously agreed development on the former Pioneer supermarket site in Curzon Street.

Developers Maple Grove secured planning permission last year for a scheme anchored by an eight-screen Reel cinema with nine retail and leisure units, plus a 125-space car park.

“Beat the Street” project could transform borough into a giant walking and cycling game

An innovative game that has already helped more than one million people get active could be coming to Burnley borough.

Beat the Street is a free, interactive game that encourages people of all ages to leave the car at home and see how far they can walk, cycle, scoot or run during the six-week game. The game is open to anyone of any age and there are prizes for the teams and individuals who travel the furthest.

“Free after 3” car parking in Burnley town centre coming soon

Burnley Council is introducing a "free after 3" car parking scheme next month to help boost the local economy as we all follow the national roadmap out of Covid-19 restrictions.

Motorists will be able to park for free on all council-run pay and display car parks in Burnley town centre from 3pm, every day of the week. Charges will still apply at other times of the day and on other council-run car parks elsewhere in the borough.

Map of council car parks

Green Homes energy efficiency grant for Burnley borough residents

Qualifying residents across the borough of Burnley can access a new energy-efficiency grant scheme, announced by the Government, worth up to £10,000 per property

The Green Homes grant scheme is available to owners-occupiers, private tenants and social tenants, although a contribution from a landlord will be required for all rented properties.

The grant is available via Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL),  the affordable warmth initiative established by the 15 local authorities in Lancashire, including Burnley Council, with the aim of reducing fuel poverty across the county.

Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people on voting in May elections

On Thursday 6th May voters across the borough of Burnley will go to the polls for the borough, county council and Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

These elections will take place at a time when Covid-19 continues to present risks to public health.

If you have been identified as being clinically extremely vulnerable, and therefore advised to take precautionary shielding measures, you can be certain that voting will be safe and Covid secure.

The safest way to vote and have your voice heard is by post. 

Council sets out updated plans to tackle homelessness

Councillors are set to approve plans to tackle homelessness in the borough over the next five years.

A report to the council’s scrutiny committee recommends it approves the homelessness and rough sleeping strategy 2021-26 when the committee meets next week.

The committee is also being asked to approve the allocation of funds to help tackle the issues.

The strategy was drafted following a six-week consultation.

If agreed by scrutiny, both recommendations will go to the executive for final approval.

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