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General news

General news and event news.

St Peter's leisure centre to re-open

Burnley Leisure, the charitable trust operating leisure facilities and cultural services throughout East Lancashire, is delighted to announce the safe reopening of its flagship gym, swim and multi-sports facility on Saturday (July 25th).

Staff at St Peter’s leisure centre have been busy preparing to open its doors once more in line Government Covid-19 safety guidelines.

The centre was forced to close due to lockdown on March 20th.

Consultation launched as council reviews its licensing policy

A public consultation around Burnley Council’s policy on licensing a wide range of businesses from pubs and clubs to taxis has been launched. Under national legislation licensing authorities such as the council have to determine and publish their licensing policy every five years.

The council’s current policy covers up until Jan 2021 and so needs to be revised, updated and agreed by the authority by then.

Covid-19's impact on council budgets

Councillors are set to discuss a report on the potential financial impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on Burnley Council’s budgets.

The council is looking at a projected deficit of £3.4 million, around a quarter of its total annual budget, over the current financial year due to increased spending and loss of income as a result of the virus.

The report by the head of finance, Asad Mushtaq, says that the council’s reserves are not enough to meet the current funding shortfall and that further significant Government support is needed.

Council Tops up Government Support for Market Traders

Burnley Council’s executive has agreed a recovery package to support Burnley Market through the coronavirus pandemic.

The executive agreed a package of assistance to market traders in addition to that already provided by Government. The executive values the work of the market and its long tradition and is doing its best, despite the council's own financial difficulties, to support market traders to get the market on its feet.

Improvements to town centre "gateway" to go ahead

Work is set to start next week on major improvements to one of the key routes into Burnley town centre.

A programme of public realm improvements will form part of a wider scheme to regenerate the lower St James Street area and make it a more attractive “gateway” into the town centre.

The highway authority Lancashire County Council is working in partnership with Burnley Council to develop new wider, high-quality footways and carriageway along lower St James Street, between Westgate and Hammerton Street.

Burnley Council leading the way to the “New Normal”

Burnley Council has set out its response so far to the Covid-19 pandemic as it makes plans for the future.

The council has worked hard, both independently and with partners locally and across Lancashire, since the start of the outbreak to ensure essential services continue to be provided to residents.

It has also worked to manage and distribute Government support, particularly for local businesses, and communicate life-saving advice and information to local people.

Burnley's youngster Mayor takes office

Councillor Wajid and Mrs Anam Khan have taken office as Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley 2020/21.

Coun. Khan is the borough's youngster Mayor and pledged to create a "Mayor's Medal" to recognise and honour local individuals and organisations who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the coronavirus epidemic, and after it is over.

He was also the first Mayor to be appointed via a "virtual" online Mayor-making ceremony to meet social distancing guidelines.

Memories of a local war hero captured on film

Stephen Bacon, with HRH Prince William

The first of a two part film featuring Burnley WWII Veterans is to be released for VE Day Celebrations.  A collaboration between Lancashire County Council Educational Archives and Burnley Council gathered a number of Burnley based WWII Veterans to discuss their experiences before and during the war time years.  In the first film, Stephen Bacon (99), who served with the RAF, gives a frank and lively interview on his experiences.

Residents being urged to pray at home during religious festivals

With Ramadan just days away, Muslim residents are being asked not to visit mosques but to continue to stay at home and pray.

In view of the current situation with the increasing numbers in Covid related deaths, restrictions remain in place for the foreseeable future. In fact, further restrictions could be imposed if the situation does not improve.

Taking this into account, with the holy month of Ramadan upon us, Imams and community leaders need to prepare the community for Ramadan in isolation.

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