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General news

General news and event news.

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). 

Council support for careers education

Burnley Council is to help fund careers education for young people in Burnley.

Developed and funded by The Careers & Enterprise Company, and overseen by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership's Skills and Employment Hub, the Careers Hub covers three Lancashire regions – Burnley, Pendle and Blackpool. It will be made up of local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education.

More long-term empty houses to be brought back into use

Another group of long-term vacant houses in Burnley are set to be brought back into use again through Burnley Council’s Empty Homes programme.

The council’s executive is recommended to agree the compulsory purchase of 13 properties in the borough which have been long-term empty, in one case for more than 20 years.

If agreed, the houses will be acquired for re-sale and, once renovated, reoccupied with the proceeds being re-invested back into buying and refurbishing further properties.

New community park will be “wheelie fun”

Plans to create an outdoor sports area at a Burnley recreation ground are set to get the green light.

The area in Hargher Clough would be set aside for wheeled sports such as skateboarding, BMX and scooters. It forms part of wider plans to develop the site as a neighbourhood park for south west Burnley.

Hargher Clough community association has raised £130,000 from a variety of sources, including a £50,000 contribution from Sport England, to fund the project. Local councillors also contributed £2,000 from their ward opportunities fund to help towards the cost.

Burnley Council retains its Gold Investors in People status

Burnley Council has retained a top national honour for the way it develops its employees.

The local authority was put under the microscope by an independent assessor and came out with flying colours, retaining its Investors in People (IIP) Gold award for the third time running.

The major accolade is the result of continuous improvement since the council first attained Gold status in 2012. The council has also retained its Health and Wellbeing IIP award which it’s also held for the past six years.

Burnley Literary Festival proves a “best seller”

Organisers of this year’s Burnley Literary Festival say the event attracted double the number of visitors and was a huge success.

The four-day festival included 66 events spread mainly around Burnley and Padiham town centres, most of them free to attend.

More than 2,000 people enjoyed everything from street theatre and story-telling to readings and creative workshops, doubling visitor numbers from last year.


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