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News for residents

Council leader’s next surgery

Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend will hold his next “out and about” surgery on Monday 19th February between 6pm-8pm at Tesco, Centenary Way, Burnley.

As well as picking up your groceries and fruit and veg for the week, you can raise your points and questions about local services and issues for the town, and get information on Council services.

Councillors to consider and set annual budget and Council Tax

Reports have been published setting out proposals for how Burnley Council will meet its financial challenges over the next year, whilst continuing to deliver priority services.

The papers also look ahead over the years to 2022, showing how Burnley Council continues to face shrinking budgets, and setting out a broad approach to balancing the books.

Factors affecting the budget include a 2 per cent pay increase for local council workers, which is being agreed nationally and which Burnley Council has to implement.

Pump track plans being drawn up for Burnley play area

Plans are being drawn up to create a pump track as part of wider improvements at Calder Park as Burnley Council continues working with residents to support their campaign to improve the park.

Burnley Council officers are meeting to discuss the design for a pump track as part of the next phase of the redevelopment of this park which is located off Pendle Way in Ightenhill, adjacent to the River Calder.

Campaigners are working to raise the £15,000 or so needed to fund the track – and are hoping for help from local businesses.

Play your part in shaping your area’s future

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.

Boathouse restoration is underway

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.

Local Plan report to councillors

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.

Padiham Town Hall re-opens

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.

Town centre refurbishment gets festive thumbs up

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.


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