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News for residents

Burnley Literary Festival proves a “best seller”

Organisers of this year’s Burnley Literary Festival say the event attracted double the number of visitors and was a huge success.

The four-day festival included 66 events spread mainly around Burnley and Padiham town centres, most of them free to attend.

More than 2,000 people enjoyed everything from street theatre and story-telling to readings and creative workshops, doubling visitor numbers from last year.

100 trees to be planted to mark First World War centenary

The first of 100 oak trees across Burnley borough to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War has been planted.

Seven-year-old Mabel Smith, whose great-great grandfather was killed in action during the conflict, helped plant the tree on land off Cog Lane.

Mabel was joined by pupils from nearby Cherry Fold Primary School and members of her family.

100 trees will be planted around the borough between now and Remembrance Day to mark the 100 years since the end of the war.

Funding boost for Pioneer Place leisure plans

Lancashire County Council has agreed funding for improvements to the local road network, as part of the Pioneer Place leisure and retail development in Burnley.

The £3.2m funding from the county council would be used for road infrastructure and related improvements needed for the project in the Curzon Street area. 

The investment was agreed (Thursday 11 October) by the county council's Cabinet. 

New food hub at Burnley Market Hall is tasty treat

A new “food hub” has opened in Burnley Market Hall as part of wider work to develop the market.

The Market Kitchen was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Charlie Briggs today (Friday 5th Oct).

The Mayor said: “We are all confident that the Market Kitchen will be a huge success. I have no doubt that residents will be coming through the doors and enjoying the very tasty delights on offer and I wish the Market Kitchen every success for the future.”

"Grime busters” working to clean up Burnley town centre

A dedicated team of “grimebusters” is in town – on a mission to make sure it stays clean and tidy for shoppers and visitors alike.

Burnley Council and its cleansing contractor partner Urbaser have invested in the latest technology to help clean up Burnley town centre and make it more attractive.

They’re supporting wider regeneration efforts to bring more people into Burnley and boost the local economy.

Take a peek behind the scenes at Burnley’s historic landmarks

People are being invited to discover the heritage right on their doorstep as some of Burnley’s historic landmarks open their doors to the public during the annual Heritage Open Days weekend (7th-9th September).

The event is part of a national celebration of architecture and culture and will offer people an opportunity to find out more about the town through its grand architecture and some of its most imposing buildings.

The weekend will end with the annual Woodland Festival in Towneley Park on Sunday 9th September, noon to 4pm.

Major boost for Padiham taking step forward

A multi-million pound boost for two major infrastructure schemes in Padiham is set to take another step forward.

It follows the decision by the board of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to approve £4.9 million funding that will support the delivery of major infrastructure works at sites in the town.

The schemes are:

Flood defences along the River Calder and Green Brook, protecting existing premises and enabling the development of homes on the former Baxi site

Don’t miss your chance to vote in local elections

Burnley Councilis urging voters in the boroughto be ready to have their say in the local elections on 3rd May.

A number of important deadlines are approaching.

People who are not registered to vote have until Tuesday 17th April to register – you can do this by visiting by calling the borough’s election team on 01282 477261.

To be able to vote you must be on the electoral roll.


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