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News for residents

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has announced plans to significantly increase its provision in Burnley. The ambitious plans will see the number of university students in the town rise from under 400 to 2,000 by 2021 and 4,000 by 2025.

Anyone interested in becoming a borough councillor is being invited to attend a briefing session at Burnley Town Hall in March.

Local elections will be held on 3rd May when voters will choose who represents them on Burnley Council.

An informal information session for anyone interested in standing as a candidate to become a borough councillor, or as an election agent, will be held at 5pm on Wednesday 7th March.

Work has begun on the restoration of the pavilion and boathouse at Thompson Park, Burnley, as part of a wider £1.2m Heritage Lottery-funded project.

The boathouse will be transformed into a café that will allow people to stay in the park for longer and enjoy views of the boating lake and play area. 

Burnley Leisure Trust will be managing the café and the space inside will be transformable for activities and groups that the trust runs.  There will also be extra seating on the terrace and new storage units for boats and kayaks.

Burnley Council’s executive is recommended to approve a revised Local Development Scheme (LDS) in order to make progress towards adopting the borough’s draft Local Plan when it meets later this month.

The council’s current LDS needs revising, in light of recent comments made by the planning inspector, to enable the examination of the draft Local Plan to proceed.

Following a number of public hearings into the draft Local Plan, the inspector discussed concerns about the suitability and deliverability of the proposed gypsy and traveller site in Oswald Street with the council.

British champion sequence dancers from the young generation will join local people and civic dignitaries in a celebration to mark the re-opening of Padiham Town Hall next Monday.

As the new year gets underway, a new chapter is beginning for the much-valued community facility. Following the disastrous flooding of the building on Boxing Day two years ago, a complicated programme of reinstatement and flood resilience works has now been completed. This has been managed by Burnley Council and its business partner Liberata, with local builders Boys working as the main contractors.

Head teachers and educationalists have backed the creation of a Children’s University in Burnley.

They met at Turf Moor, home of Burnley FC and one of the “learning destinations” used by the Children’s University, to celebrate the creation of the educational initiative to help more of the borough's young people achieve their potential.

Just before their final meeting of 2017, members of Burnley Council's executive made a visit to review the results of a major refurbishment of Burnley town centre.

They were joined by representatives from town centre businesses.

Councillor Lian Pate, executive member for community services, said: "We've been keeping a close eye on the town centre improvements as they've progressed and it's great to see them finally coming to completion.

Councillors are set to back plans to create a Children’s University in Burnley as part of a far-reaching strategy to help more of the borough's young people achieve their potential.

Burnley Council’s executive is recommended to agree a three-year commitment to the establishment of the educational initiative which encourages children from the age of five to try new experiences outside of normal school hours.

The commitment is included in a Making It In Burnley aspiration strategy which also proposes a number of other measures.

Pavement ‘street art’ will be used in the battle against underage drinking in Burnley in the run-up to Christmas.

Eye-catching pavement stencils will be put in place by the borough’s Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) as part of a festive crackdown on adults attempting to buy alcohol for young people (known as a proxy purchase).

Local shops are joining in the campaign. The stencils will be displayed outside their premises and leaflets will be made available to customers to explain that buying alcohol for under-18s is an offence and shops have the right to refuse sales.

Forecasters are predicting winter weather this weekend, especially on Sunday.


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