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General news

General news and event news.

Pioneer Place leisure development moves to next stage

Burnley Council’s executive has recommended that the council invest in a major leisure development at Curzon Street. A final decision on whether to back the scheme will take place at a meeting of the full council on 19th December.

The scheme is to be known as Pioneer Place. The development would involve the relocation of Reel Cinema from Manchester Road. A supermarket is expected to move to the existing cinema site. 

Council to build student accommodation to boost 'university town' plans

Burnley Council is set to develop a purpose-built student accommodation facility in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Barnfield Investment Properties, if councillors approve a proposal being put forward by the council’s executive committee.

The development will cost approximately £9 million. Under the plans, the council will receive an income from rent, and UCLan will run the facility on the council’s behalf.

Get into your local park and get active

Burnley Leisure has accessed £10,000 of Awards For All funding to deliver an innovative project to engage young people in outdoor activities as a way of improving their mental health.

Burnley, in line with national trends, is currently seeing rising mental health issues, particularly in primary school children.

Based in Thompson Park, Burnley, Getin2 Active Parks is an exciting opportunity to provide an engaging programme of educational outdoor activities.

Light up the night sky in Burnley

People are being invited to “come on a journey into the night sky” and light up Burnley town centre.

Burnley Light Night will take place on Saturday 8th December when the town centre will be lit up by a parade of hand-made lanterns.

People of all ages are being invited to take part in lantern-making workshops, and then show off their creations in the parade.

The parade was held last year as part of the annual Christmas lights switch-on, but it proved so popular that organisers this year decided to hold it as a stand-alone event.

New project nets £10,000 lottery funding to encourage people to “go fish”

Burnley Leisure has teamed up with Burnley Play Partnership to hook £10,000 of National Lottery funding to develop a family fishing project.

The aim is to engage with and encourage local families to take up the sport and, by doing so, expand their interest in nature and the environment.

It will also promote people of all ages to get outdoors more as a family, help reduce low activity levels in children, and encourage adults to be more active and promote better mental health.

Burnley town centre and canalside masterplan set to get green light

Councillors are set to approve a blueprint that sets out proposals on how Burnley town centre and canalside areas could look in the future.

Burnley Council’s executive is recommended to agree the Town Centre and Canalside Masterplan, which could bring a £100 million boost and up to 1,000 new jobs to the borough, when it meets at the end of this month (28th).

Car parking charges set to be frozen

Daily car parking charges in Burnley are set to be frozen for the third year running as councilors consider proposed fees and charges for services next year.

Garden waste collection subscriptions are also set to remain unchanged.

The proposals for fees and charges for council services next year are part of the wider process for setting the council’s overall budget for 2019/20.

The freeze on car parking charges applies to daily off-street pay and display tariffs; long-term contract parking charges will increase by 3%.

Changing Places facilities unveiled in Burnley

New disabled access facilities have been unveiled at a  Burnley leisure centre in support of a young man’s national campaign to improve access in public places.

The leisure trust and the council have shown their support to 22-year-old Zack Kerr’s campaign by installing a fully accessible Changing Place toilet and changing facility at St Peter’s leisure centre.

Work on the facilities has been completed and Zack was at the leisure centre to officially open them to the public.

Council support for community groups’ development plans

Burnley Council has reached agreement with two local community groups to help them plan for the future. 

The council’s executive has approved the granting of a new lease of the Arbories sports ground to the trustees of Padiham Sports Club and, in a separate move, a new lease of March Street garden and garage site, Burnley, to Pennine Lancashire Community Farm (PLCF). 


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