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General news

General news and event news.

East Lancashire leisure partnership shortlisted for national award

Burnley Leisure, along with partners from the other East Lancashire leisure trusts and Ribble Valley Borough Council, has been shortlisted for the Strategic Partnership Award at the nationally renowned Community Leisure UK annual awards.

The consortium has been recognised for successfully combining the strengths and experiences of all five partner organisations from CEO level to frontline deliverers, to make a big difference in communities across East Lancashire.

Lottery funding bid helps youngsters get “on yer bike”

A Burnley nursery school has been successful in getting National Lottery funding to help encourage their youngster to become more active.

Burnley Leisure will help the deliver the project at Taywood Nursery School following a successful bid to the national Awards for All scheme.

The funding will be used to improve the outdoor space at the nursery so that the youngsters have space to take part in a Balanceability scheme which helps them to learn to ride a bike.

Burnley leisure supported the school’s funding bid and will deliver the scheme.

Council backs dementia missing persons scheme

A scheme that helps the emergency services find people with dementia who go missing from home is set to be backed by Burnley Council.

The Herbert Protocol uses an information database to hold vital details which can be used in the search for a missing person.

The information can be used by search and rescue teams to pinpoint likely areas for investigation, reduce the amount of time it takes to find someone, and increase the chances of them being discovered safe and well.

The council is working with Lancashire Police and other partners to promote the scheme.

Landmark building set for new lease of life

A landmark building on Accrington Road in Burnley is set to receive a new lease of life thanks to Calico Homes and Burnley Council.

The former Woodtop school building is in dire need of repair and Calico Homes will be working in partnership with the council and the local community to decide how to utilise the premises in South West Burnley to provide maximum benefit to the area.

Calico Homes is keen to work closely with the council, Historic England and the local community in order to ensure that this historic building can be brought back into use.

Burnley Council shows its support for apprenticeships

Burnley Council has reiterated its strong record of supporting apprenticeships and its ongoing commitment to creating a culture of passing on experience, skills and knowledge in order to support skills development for the future benefit of our town and its community.

This week businesses and organisations across the country are marking National Apprenticeship Week.

Since May 2017 employers with pay bills in excess of £3 million per annum have been required to pay an apprenticeship levy which funds the training costs for apprenticeships.

Gold medal winner named as Burnley Community Sports Awards presenter

World record holder and gold medal winning athlete Steve Backley is the latest in a line of top sports stars to present the annual Burnley Community Sports Awards.

The annual celebration of local sports talent will be held on Thursday 18th July at Burnley Mechanics Theatre.

The awards recognise the contribution and achievements of the borough’s individuals, teams, clubs and organisations across a number of categories.

Painter of the northern scene on display at Towneley Hall

An exhibition of work by a local artist who portrayed the day-to-day lives of the people he observed whilst working amongst them as a textile designer is set to open at Towneley Hall art gallery and museum, Burnley.

Every Picture Tells a Story is a celebration of the work of Lloyd George Higgins (1912-1980) by his family and an invitation to the public to see if they can identify with some of his characters and enjoy his sense of humour.

Couple fined over barking dog nuisance

A Burnley couple has been fined by magistrates after being found guilty of allowing a barking dog to cause a nuisance.

The court was told that evidence showed that the Alsatian could be barking up to 12 hours per day and appeared to bark frequently and persistently on a daily basis.

James Gorton and Rachel Driver were each fined £110 and each ordered to pay £624.05 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge for failing to comply with an abatement notice.

Council leader to hold latest “out and about” surgery

Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend will hold his next “out and about” surgery on Saturday 2nd March in Burnley town centre, between 10am and noon.

As well as picking up your shopping, you can raise your points and questions with him about local services and issues for the town and get information on council services.

Councillor Townsend will be in Curzon Street (between Marks & Spencer and Next).

More landlords recognised for their professionalism

Two more property businesses have been recognised for their professional approach to looking after their houses and tenants.

Representatives from the local companies were presented with certificates to mark their successful applications to Burnley Council’s good landlord and agent scheme (GLAS).

Through property inspections and an audit of their management procedures, Keenans Letting Agents and Etherington Property Management have shown that they have a professional approach and the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully manage private rented properties.


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