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General news

General news and event news.

Sport Relief week happens later this month.

Burnley Leisure are putting on a range of events so that you can take part, raise some funds which will go to good causes, and enjoy yourself keeping fit.

The week runs from Sunday 18th March- Sunday 25th March.

Local events taking place during the week are as follows, with all proceeds going to Sport Relief:


One of the first items of business when councillors met in Burnley Town Hall this week was for the Mayor to award an official certificate of recognition to Mr Steven Pyecroft,

Steven has volunteered in Scott Park for the last three years. He began repairing and repainting benches in Scott Park together with other benches on Manchester Road and around Rosehill and some in Cliviger. 

Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of the nation’s waterways, has submitted plans to transform Finsley Gate Wharf in Burnley into a hive of activity for the local community and visitors.

Known locally as Mile Wharf, it is one of the oldest wharves on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, dating from between 1700 and 1830. The Grade II Listed buildings, which include three warehouses, a canal cottage, outbuilding and blacksmith forge, are in a poor state of repair, having been unused for several years.


Local authorities confirmed today that they have withdrawn permission for Blitzrun to use Burnley’s parks for a half marathon event which the independent company had been organising for Sunday 25 March 2018.

This decision has been taken because Blitzrun have failed to supply an appropriate traffic management plan by the final deadline which was issued to them.

A call has gone out for artists – both amateur and professional – to take part in the second annual Painting Padiham competition.

The inaugural event last year proved a great success – and organisers are confident they can build on that to make this year’s competition even better.

Two private landlords in Burnley have been fined a total of more than £27,000 under enforcement powers introduced in the borough to help tackle “rogue” property owners and improve conditions for renters.

National Government legislation, which includes the use of civil penalty notices of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for first time offences, became council policy last year.

A series of facelifting improvements to properties across Burnley borough is under way.

An improvement scheme has recently been completed along Accrington Road, improving the appearance of shops and houses on this important gateway into Burnley.

Three blocks of terraced houses in Branch Road, facing the new housing development in Burnley Wood, have seen similar works undertaken, together with the backs of two blocks of terraced homes in Heap Street, Duke Bar.

Burnley Council is set to continue its environmental enforcement campaign to crackdown on littering and dog fouling across the borough.

Last April the council appointed private contractor Kingdom Environmental Services on a 12-month pilot scheme as part of ongoing work to make the borough a cleaner and safer place to live and work.

Burnley Council officers have been given the go-ahead to submit a bid for funding to improve a village’s sports facilities.

The council’s executive approved a move to put in a grant application for £100,000 from the Football Foundation to help develop Worsthorne recreation ground.

The plans include five junior-size pitches, a club room and changing facilities, a multi-use games area, improvements to the existing BMX track and outdoor fitness equipment, and a new footpath around the perimeter of the recreation ground.

Extra CCTV cameras are being installed in Padiham town centre thanks to funding from Burnley Council and Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Four new cameras will be installed in the area known locally as “the hill”, covering parts of Church Street and the main shopping street. They will be sited in an area which will benefit from the additional coverage.

The town’s four existing CCTV cameras will also be upgraded, from analogue to digital, as part of a long-term planned-for maintenance programme.


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