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General news and event news.

Coronavirus - support for businesses

Supporting businesses and the local economy is a key priority for Burnley Council.

We understand that this is a difficult time for business and that you are facing unprecedented challenges. We are working with Government and our partners to ensure that our local business community comes through this in as stronger position as possible.

The council has received guidance from Government on how we are to deliver grants to businesses, and funds will be with the council by early April.

Community hub aims to bring “Burnley Together” during coronavirus outbreak

Partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors have worked together to create a “community hub” to co-ordinate help and support for residents across the borough during the coronavirus outbreak.

Burnley Together was launched today (Monday 23rd) to help the most vulnerable people in our community who are facing difficulties, worries and loneliness as a result of the outbreak.

The hub will provide a “one stop shop” where businesses, groups and individuals who want to help and can offer services, and those who need help, can be brought together.

Coronavirus - advice for food businesses

The Community Secretary has confirmed that planning rules will be relaxed to allow food businesses to operate as takeaways during the coronavirus, the relaxation period will be applied imminently for a limited period only.

Burnley Council understand that businesses may look to change their business model and diversify in order to maintain their business during this time.

A business is only in position to do this if they are already registered and regulated by the local authority.

Improvements to town centre "gateway" to go ahead

Part of lower St James Street, Burnley, is set to temporarily close to allow essential bridge repair works to go ahead.

At the same time work to improve the appearance of the area and make it a more attractive “gateway” into the town centre will go ahead.

The road will be closed where it crosses the River Calder near the junction with Queen's Lancashire Way, Active Way and Westgate from 6th April until mid-August.

Search is on to find WW2 veterans as council plans honours

Burnley Council is searching for local veterans of the Second World War as plans take shape to recognise their contribution to protecting Britain during its darkest hour.

The council is planning to honour the borough’s surviving WWII veterans, both those who served in the Forces and those who served through reserved occupations, by awarding them a Certificate of Honour.

Builder who dumped rubbish caught after council investigation

A self-employed builder has been ordered to pay more than £600 by a court after a Burnley Council investigation caught him dumping rubbish in a country lane.

Council enforcement officers launched their investigation after complaints from nearby residents that the Mill Hill Lane area of Hapton was a “hot spot” for flytipping.

Sam Dearden (24), of Wallhurst Close, Worsthorne, Burnley, admitted the unauthorised deposition of waste when he appeared before Burnley Magistrates Court. He was fined £300 and ordered to pay £210 costs and £125 in compensation.

Mayor guest on board UK aircraft carrier

The Mayor of Burnley had a meeting with “Royalty” with a difference when she was a guest of honour on board one of the world’s most impressive ships.

Councillor Anne Kelly was among a small group of Civic visitors taking part in an official reception on board HMS The Prince of Wales as it was docked on the River Mersey in Liverpool.

Coun. Kelly met its Captain Darren Houston and exchanged gifts with him during a tour of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier.

Council pledges support to tackle homelessness

Burnley Council has set aside £45,000 in its budget to help tackle homelessness in the borough.

It is also establishing a cross-party working group to investigate the issue.

A meeting of the full council last night (26th) agreed to set aside £45,000 in the 2020/21 budget to help eliminate rough sleeping in the borough as part of a wider commitment to help support the most vulnerable members of our community.

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