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General news

General news and event news.

Residents and business owners in Burnley borough planning to apply for financial support to make their property more resilient to flooding have until the end of the month to put in applications.

Burnley Council has been running a flood resilience grant scheme since floods affected parts of the borough on Boxing Day 2015. Under the scheme, properties that were flooded as a result of Storm Eva may be entitled to grants of up to £5,000, provided as part of government support. 

The deadline for applications is 31st March.

Burnley part of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership delegation promoting local investment opportunities at global property expo

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has announced its presence at MIPIM International, the property and investment conference held annually in Cannes, France. It is anticipated that that around 23,000 delegates will attend the four-day event (which starts on March 14th), including potential investors, developers, property agents and policy makers drawn from across the globe.

Residents joined senior councillors in pledging their support for efforts by Burnley Council to keep the town centre clean and tidy.

It comes a month before new, tougher enforcement action is introduced that will see £75 fines issued to those that drop litter or fail to clean up after their dogs.

Members of the public joined council leader Mark Townsend and other councillors in signing a “keep it tidy” pledge and support stronger action against those that spoil our borough.

Residents are being urged not to miss out on an “early bird” discount when it comes to signing up for Burnley Council’s chargeable garden waste collection service.

The deadline for benefitting from the discount runs out on Thursday 16th March.

Sign up by then and residents who want to continue with fortnightly garden waste collections, after the chargeable service comes in from 1st May, will pay £25 rather than £30.

The cost covers 20 collections a year, with the usual break over winter.

An artefact to represent Burnley in a county-wide competition has been decided after a public vote.

A Pilkington pot, currently on show at Towneley Hall, has been picked by the people of Burnley as an item to represent the area in the ‘History of Lancashire in 70 Objects’ project.

Online followers and visitors of the historic hall have been casting their vote since January to choose their favourite object from a shortlist of three.

The next stage of a national review that could change the shape of Burnley’s Parliamentary boundary has started.

Last year people were invited to take part in a public consultation as part of the national review of Parliamentary areas – those which an MP represents rather than borough or other boundaries.

There were almost 20,000 responses to that consultation across the country. The next stage of the 2018 Review is the publication of all those representations so that others may comment on them.

Garden waste collections are due to start again in Burnley borough after a winter break.

The collections will restart on 27th February for those already on the brown bin service and will be free until a new, chargeable service comes in from 1st May 2017.

The council is introducing a charge for “green” collections in light of funding and subsidy cuts and ever-decreasing budgets.

A brand new exhibition on the region’s prominent artists is set to open at Towneley Hall next week.

The exhibition features paintings by talented 20th Century Nelson-born artists Orlando Greenwood and Hugh Gresty.

From still lives and self-portraits to classical tableaux, the exhibition showcases the artists’ diverse range of styles, techniques and subjects.

Visitors will also have a chance to see some of the artists’ personal possessions including sketchbooks, palettes and sets of paint brushes.

Burnley Council is sending out a simple message to people who use chewing gum - get into the habit of throwing it away in a proper bin: it could save you £75!

The council is currently running a poster information campaign in Burnley town centre – “Don’t Drop Chewing Gum”.

It comes ahead of the introduction of a stricter enforcement campaign in April that will see officers patrolling the streets issuing £75 Fixed Penalty Notices to those caught dropping litter, including chewing gum, or failing to clean up after their dog.

A draft management plan aimed at helping protect the heritage of Padiham conservation area is set to be agreed by councillors.

The plan sets out the work required to protect and strengthen the Padiham Conservation Area as a site of special architectural and historic interest and make it attractive for residents, workers and visitors.

Burnley Council’s executive is recommended to approve the draft plan when it meets on 13th February. 

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