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Builder who dumped rubbish caught after council investigation

A self-employed builder has been ordered to pay more than £600 by a court after a Burnley Council investigation caught him dumping rubbish in a country lane.

Council enforcement officers launched their investigation after complaints from nearby residents that the Mill Hill Lane area of Hapton was a “hot spot” for flytipping.

Sam Dearden (24), of Wallhurst Close, Worsthorne, Burnley, admitted the unauthorised deposition of waste when he appeared before Burnley Magistrates Court. He was fined £300 and ordered to pay £210 costs and £125 in compensation.

Mayor guest on board UK aircraft carrier

The Mayor of Burnley had a meeting with “Royalty” with a difference when she was a guest of honour on board one of the world’s most impressive ships.

Councillor Anne Kelly was among a small group of Civic visitors taking part in an official reception on board HMS The Prince of Wales as it was docked on the River Mersey in Liverpool.

Coun. Kelly met its Captain Darren Houston and exchanged gifts with him during a tour of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier.

Council pledges support to tackle homelessness

Burnley Council has set aside £45,000 in its budget to help tackle homelessness in the borough.

It is also establishing a cross-party working group to investigate the issue.

A meeting of the full council last night (26th) agreed to set aside £45,000 in the 2020/21 budget to help eliminate rough sleeping in the borough as part of a wider commitment to help support the most vulnerable members of our community.

New Turf for the Burnley 10K in 2020

Turf Moor - the home of Burnley FC - will play host in 2020 for the borough's biggest charitable running event, the Asda Foundation Burnley 10K.

Burnley FC’s manager and players helped kick off this year’s event, which will see thousands visit the club’s stadium on Sunday 28th June as it becomes the new home of the Burnley 10K.

Boss Sean Dyche, Nick Pope, Ben Mee and Matěj Vydra were among the players who gathered to officially launch the 2020 event along with the events official partner charities.

Man banned from selling animals after being caught without a licence

A man has been banned from selling animals for four years and ordered to pay more than £1,000 for failing to have licence to run a pet shop.

Burnley Council took Ben Allen Jones (24), of Countess Street, Accrington, and his business Bensons Aquatics & Pets, to court after officers found he was illegally selling animals, including a budgie nicknamed Sid, from a shop in Hebrew Road, Burnley.

Jones and Bensons Aquatics together admitted a total of 12 counts of selling animals as pets, without a licence, in contravention of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Grant help for properties damaged by recent storms

The Government has announced thousands of pounds of support for people affected by flooding following Storms Ciara and Dennis.

Under the Flood Recovery Framework eligible families and businesses could receive funding from their local councils after a set of support packages were revealed.

The borough of Burnley is one of those areas eligible for funding to be made available.

Under the measures: 

Towneley Hall to light up the night sky

Historic Townley Hall is about to see itself in lights thanks to an exciting project involving local people.

Members of the public are invited to come along to Towneley on Friday 28th February to watch the official switch-on ceremony at 6.30pm.

The new lighting scheme uses innovative technology to highlight the historic features within the architecture of the hall and its façade. It can be controlled remotely using a smartphone app to change the colour of the light, beam angles and more.

Want to stand in this year’s borough elections?

Anyone interested in standing as a candidate or acting as an agent in borough council elections is being invited to attend a briefing session at Burnley Town Hall next week.

Voters will be asked to choose their local councillors when they go to the polls on 7th May. The Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election will be held on the same day.

A briefing for prospective candidates and agents will be held at Burnley Town Hall on Thursday 19th March at 5.15pm.

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