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General news

General news and event news.

Head teachers and educationalists have backed the creation of a Children’s University in Burnley.

They met at Turf Moor, home of Burnley FC and one of the “learning destinations” used by the Children’s University, to celebrate the creation of the educational initiative to help more of the borough's young people achieve their potential.

Councillors are set to back plans to create a Children’s University in Burnley as part of a far-reaching strategy to help more of the borough's young people achieve their potential.

Burnley Council’s executive is recommended to agree a three-year commitment to the establishment of the educational initiative which encourages children from the age of five to try new experiences outside of normal school hours.

The commitment is included in a Making It In Burnley aspiration strategy which also proposes a number of other measures.

Pavement ‘street art’ will be used in the battle against underage drinking in Burnley in the run-up to Christmas.

Eye-catching pavement stencils will be put in place by the borough’s Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) as part of a festive crackdown on adults attempting to buy alcohol for young people (known as a proxy purchase).

Local shops are joining in the campaign. The stencils will be displayed outside their premises and leaflets will be made available to customers to explain that buying alcohol for under-18s is an offence and shops have the right to refuse sales.

Forecasters are predicting winter weather this weekend, especially on Sunday.

Residents in Burnley borough with unwanted or unused brown wheelie bins, used to collect garden waste, are being given the chance to have them taken off their hands.

The council is organising a round-up of unwanted brown bins which will take place on Monday 18th December. Residents should request their bin to be collected by visiting following the instructions. They should leave their bin out where they usually leave their recycling containers, on collection day from 6.30am.

On Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th December, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Burnley Council served a series of legal notices on the Keirby Hotel, Burnley (which has recently traded as the Crown Hotel).

These orders related to concerns about health and safety, and specifically about fire safety.

Because of these orders, people living and staying at the hotel needed to move out. Burnley Council has arranged short-term and temporary accommodation where appropriate, and has provided advice to the people who were living at the hotel.

Burnley Council’s garden waste collections have gone into “hibernation” as usual over the winter period.

The last collection of 2017 took place on Monday (27th November) and will re-start again in February 2018.

The garden waste collections have always taken a break over winter when there is less green waste to collect and all but those with the greenest fingers tend to take a break from gardening duties.

Burnley FC stars swapped their claret and blue for claret and white to show their support for a national campaign against domestic violence.

Burnley Football Club is, once again, supporting the White Ribbon campaign to encourage men to pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

Burnley is a designated White Ribbon Town, and various organisations have pledged their support in the fight against domestic violence.

The Lancashire flag - a red rose on a bright yellow background - is flying over Burnley Town Hall to mark Lancashire Day.

The Mayor of Burnley Cllr Howard Baker said: "We know there are a lot of people in Burnley who are proud to call themselves Lancastrians. Lancashire is a county that boasts everything from industrial heritage, to some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain, to cutting edge technology. I think it’s worth remembering that, not just on Lancashire Day but every day.”

More than 150 people attended a drop-in session in Padiham as part of a series of events aimed at highlighting the work being done to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the town.

Residents turned out, despite the wind and rain, to raise concerns, issues and ideas with representatives from a range of organisations, including Burnley Council, Lancashire Police, Calico, Burnley Leisure and other organisations that work with young people, Burnley FC in the Community, and representatives from the voluntary sector.


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