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General news

General news and event news.

Negotiations on community buildings

Burnley Councillors look set to give the green light to negotiations which will see responsibility for several community buildings in the borough transfer to charities and community groups.

A report to next week’s Executive meeting proposes that long leases could be established next year for three buildings: Burnley Wood Community Centre; the Vanguard Centre; and Linkbridge, on Swinless Street.

Council to discuss boundary change proposals

Burnley councillors will assemble at the Town Hall next Wednesday evening, 23rd November, for an extraordinary meeting of the Full Council.

The main business will be discussion of the changes to the parliamentary constituency boundaries that have been proposed by the Boundary Commission.

The Council will decide on how to respond to the current consultation on the proposed changes, which is running until 5th December.

The report which councillors will discuss sets out that:

Burnley Christmas Festival will start the festive season

The festive season will officially start in the Burnley town centre with a two-day festival, culminating in the annual switch-on of the Christmas lights. 

The much-anticipated Burnley Christmas Festival will take place on 19th and 20th November and include an array of family-friendly festive attractions.

On Saturday 19th November, the town centre will be turned into a frosty winter wonderland with a dazzling ice sculpture trail and a live interactive ice carving wall in Market Square. 

Northern Powerhouse Minister officially opens Innovation Drive

The Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy, MP, officially opened Burnley’s state-of-the-art engineering supply park, Innovation Drive this morning.

Based at the former site of a Michelin Tyre factory, Innovation Drive is a 400,000 sq ft Advanced Engineering and technology business hub, which is now home to major AEM, aerospace and technology business and SMEs including Kaman Tooling, BCW Engineering, Safran Nacelles and the Lancashire Digital Technology Centre (LDTC).

Northern Powerhouse Minister puts Lancashire in the spotlight

Andrew Percy MP to address 200+ business leaders at special conference regarding Lancashire’s key role within the Powerhouse

Lancashire’s Enterprise Partnership to become first official Northern Powerhouse LEP partner

 

The Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy MP, will be undertaking a tour of Lancashire today (Wednesday November 9th) which will include a series of official engagements highlighting Lancashire’s significance within the Powerhouse initiative.

Landlords praised for their professional approach

Landlords and managing agents have been praised for their professional approach to looking after their properties and tenants.

The three organisations have been presented with certificates to mark their successful applications to Burnley Council’s good landlord and agent scheme (GLAS).

Mujeeb Rehman, of RPC Lettings, has also become the first landlord to achieve the gold standard as part of the scheme.

Official report praises council's performance and ambition

In-depth report emphasises positive achievements, and suggests key issues for future work

“Challenge us”. “Review our work”. That was the invite Burnley Council recently put to a high-powered team from the Local Government Association.

Their ‘peer challenge’ report has just been published. Key findings include:

·        Burnley Council has strong political and managerial leadership in place

·        On this basis, its work makes a positive difference to the borough

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