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General news

General news and event news.

Task force groups set up to find innovative ways of tackling environmental issues

Burnley Council is set to establish two cross-party task force groups to investigate how the authority can better tackle dog fouling and climate change.

Part of the groups’ work will be to investigate best practice elsewhere in the country as well as coming up with innovative ideas of their own.

The task forces were announced in a report that will go to a meeting of the full council on 10th July.

They are among initiatives announced by the new administration which came in after the local elections in May and reflect the new cross-party approach being taken.

Breathing new life into long-term empty houses

A further 80 long-term vacant and run-down properties across the borough are set to have new life put back into them this year thanks to Burnley Council’s empty homes programme.

The programme sees properties that have been left empty for many years and which often attract anti-social behaviour acquired by the council, renovated and then sold on with the proceeds being put back into the scheme to tackle more empty homes.

London Olympic contractors building new Burnley BMX track

Contractors have started work on site to build a new wheeled sports area at Hargher Clough Park, Burnley.

The concrete ramps and bowls will provide a challenge for skate boarders, small wheeled scooters, BMX bikers as well as in-line skaters.

The scheme is the result of several years of fundraising by the Stoops and Hargher Clough community centre who were supported by local fundraising experts Proffits CIC and is costing £130,000.

Contact Burnley is on the move

Burnley Council’s contact centre is on the move.

Contact Burnley will move from its existing offices on the corner of Parker Lane and Red Lion Street to new offices, just 50 yards along Parker Lane, in September.

The contact centre houses staff that deal with inquiries from the public, as well as issues such as benefits claims and council services. The council’s main switchboard is also based there.

Play areas get improvement “make-over” as part of wider council investment

The popular Riverside play area at Towneley Park, Burnley, has been completely refurbished in time for the busy summer school holidays.

The new-look play area includes a state-of-the-art interactive sonic arch that offers a range of interactive games and is one of only six of its kind in the whole country.

It also features equipment specifically adapted for disabled users, including a wheelchair swing, additional sand and water play items and refurbished musical equipment.

Green light for selective licensing schemes

The Government has approved plans by Burnley Council to introduce a selective licensing scheme in Daneshouse and Stoneyholme as part of wider work to improve the borough’s housing.

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has agreed the council’s application to introduce the new scheme, as well as extending existing schemes in Trinity, Gannow and Queensgate.

The Government recognised that the four area are suffering from low housing demand, and that Daneshouse and Stoneyholme also suffers from poor property conditions.

Travel fund open to help young people in Padiham expand their horizons

Are you 16-25, live in Padiham, and want to travel abroad to learn more about the world, but are stuck for cash? 

You could be eligible for a scholarship established by the late Mr Arthur Edmondson Quinn, who bequeathed a share of his estate, upon a Trust, to Lancashire County Council for the purpose of establishing a travel scholarship.

This scholarship is designed to provide an opportunity for 16-25 year olds, in full time education whose parents live in Padiham, to travel abroad to expand their education.

Residents’ views sought on polling station review

Burnley Council is launching a review of polling stations across the borough to make sure they meet the needs of residents.

The review, which begins on 1st July, will also look at the polling districts – how the borough is split into voting areas (or districts) and polling places.

The borough’s returning officer, Mick Cartledge, said: “We want to hear the views of all residents who are eligible to vote, that is aged 18 years and over, particularly those who are disabled or organisations that work with people with any type of disability.

Extra powers to tackle rogue private landlords

Burnley Council is to implement extra powers to help identify and tackle rogue private landlords.

The new measures include use of a national database to keep track of rogue landlords across England and the introduction of banning orders which would prevent individuals operating as a landlord in the borough.

The council’s executive agreed the authority should implement new enforcement powers contained in national legislation to support the existing work the council does to improve housing standards across the borough.

Make sure you’re registered to vote

As part of Burnley Council’s annual voter registration canvass, households in Burnley borough will soon be receiving a form asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct.

The aim of the Household Enquiry Form (HEF) is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

People have to be on the electoral register in order to be able to vote in elections.

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