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General news

General news and event news.

Anchor tenant announced for £26m Pioneer Place leisure complex

Popular cinema chain Reel Cinema has signed as anchor tenant for the £26million Pioneer Place leisure and retail scheme in Burnley town centre.

Burnley Council, owners of Pioneer Place, has announced that the scheme has received a significant boost, having signed agreements with Reel to bring an eight-screen, 18,134 sq.ft. multi-screen cinema complex to the Pioneer Place development, which will also include a restaurant plaza, shops and 125-space car park.

The complex will also have space for seven restaurant units and two shops.

Plans to use Historic High Streets funding to further regenerate town centre

Burnley has been awarded a share of a national funding pot to invest in further regenerating its town centre.

The money from the Historic High Street fund will be invested to revitalise lower St James Street

Burnley Council put forward a bid for £1.3 million over four years. The exact amount Burnley will receive will be announced in January following the submission of detailed proposals.

Cash boost for social care projects

Burnley Council is set to invest more than £300,000 on providing new facilities for disabled residents and visitors in the borough.

Councillors are being asked to approve two social care schemes when they meet on Tuesday (Sept 17th), following funding from Lancashire County Council.

Just over £250,000 would be invested in extending Haddon House care home to provide a short break unit for adults with learning and physical disabilities, while £56,622 would be used to provide a sensory room and Changing Places facility in Burnley town centre.

Contact Burnley on the move at end of the month

Burnley Council’s contact centre is on the move at the end of this month

Contact Burnley will move from its existing offices on the corner of Parker Lane and Red Lion Street to new offices, just 50 yards along Parker Lane, in September.

The existing offices will close at 5pm on Friday 27th and re-open in the new building at 9am on Monday 30th. The office move is taking place over a weekend to avoid any disruption to services to the public.

Working with community on development of former school

Burnley Council is working with the local community and housing company The Calico Group to transform the former Woodtop School into high-quality housing following a successful bid for funding.

A bid by the two organisations to Homes England for £200,000 of funding was approved and on Tuesday (17th Sep) the council’s executive will be asked to agree that the money is used to progress the scheme which will see new homes built on the Accrington Road site.

Council sets out savings update

Burnley Council has published its latest savings proposals as part of its plans to continue to meet its financial challenges.

A report by council’s head of finance and property services, Asad Mushtaq, to the council’s executive committee sets out the current financial position and how councillors can balance the books over the coming three years.  

The council has already earmarked £277,000 in savings to help balance the next two years’ budgets. Further proposed savings of £242,000 will be considered by the executive when it meets on Tuesday (17th).

New bins! But please continue to use the old recycling boxes until October thanks!

The new recycling and waste collection calendar is being delivered.

Also for those moving to wheeled bins, delivery is underway– blue for glass, cans and plastic; dark grey for paper/cardboard. BUT PLEASE REMEMBER– these should not be used until October when the first of the new collections start. Please use the old recycling boxes etc., until then. Thank you!


Man sentenced after drums dumped in country lane

A man has been ordered to carry out 160 hours community service in relation to an incident in which barrels of a “paint-like” substance were dumped, blocking a country lane above Burnley.

Preston Crown Court heard that eight 45-gallon drums were fly-tipped in Mill Hill Lane, Hapton, leaving an estimated £43,000 clean-up and repair bill and killing more than 25 fish in a nearby stream.

David Lee Gordon (also known as David Lee Walsh), 28, of East Crescent, Accrington, pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to the unauthorised disposal of waste.


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