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Representatives from a range of organisations joined the Mayor of Burnley today to mark the annual Commonwealth Day.

The Commonwealth flag was raised over Burnley Town Hall before a short Civic reception.

The Mayor Councillor Howard Baker, was joined by deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire Terry Hephrun, local councillors and representatives from the community.

The annual celebration is observed every year across the world on the second Monday of March.

Burnley’s new Local Plan was submitted for independent examination by a Government-appointed inspector in 2017. 

Following his consideration of the plan and the representations made, including at the examination hearing sessions in November and December 2017, the inspector proposed a number of main modifications (ie changes to the Submitted Plan that he considers necessary to make it ‘sound’).

Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of the nation’s waterways, has submitted plans to transform Finsley Gate Wharf in Burnley into a hive of activity for the local community and visitors.

Known locally as Mile Wharf, it is one of the oldest wharves on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, dating from between 1700 and 1830. The Grade II Listed buildings, which include three warehouses, a canal cottage, outbuilding and blacksmith forge, are in a poor state of repair, having been unused for several years.

A call has gone out for artists – both amateur and professional – to take part in the second annual Painting Padiham competition.

The inaugural event last year proved a great success – and organisers are confident they can build on that to make this year’s competition even better.

Two private landlords in Burnley have been fined a total of more than £27,000 under enforcement powers introduced in the borough to help tackle “rogue” property owners and improve conditions for renters.

National Government legislation, which includes the use of civil penalty notices of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for first time offences, became council policy last year.

Burnley Council’s strategic partnership with Liberata is helping create new jobs, councillors will be told.

The council has just started its third year of its partnership with Liberata with the announcement that the private contractor is ahead of schedule in locating new jobs to the borough, with a further eight posts having been recently created to support the delivery of contracts with other local authorities.

A series of facelifting improvements to properties across Burnley borough is under way.

An improvement scheme has recently been completed along Accrington Road, improving the appearance of shops and houses on this important gateway into Burnley.

Three blocks of terraced houses in Branch Road, facing the new housing development in Burnley Wood, have seen similar works undertaken, together with the backs of two blocks of terraced homes in Heap Street, Duke Bar.

Burnley Council is set to continue its environmental enforcement campaign to crackdown on littering and dog fouling across the borough.

Last April the council appointed private contractor Kingdom Environmental Services on a 12-month pilot scheme as part of ongoing work to make the borough a cleaner and safer place to live and work.

Burnley Council officers have been given the go-ahead to submit a bid for funding to improve a village’s sports facilities.

The council’s executive approved a move to put in a grant application for £100,000 from the Football Foundation to help develop Worsthorne recreation ground.

The plans include five junior-size pitches, a club room and changing facilities, a multi-use games area, improvements to the existing BMX track and outdoor fitness equipment, and a new footpath around the perimeter of the recreation ground.

Extra CCTV cameras are being installed in Padiham town centre thanks to funding from Burnley Council and Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Four new cameras will be installed in the area known locally as “the hill”, covering parts of Church Street and the main shopping street. They will be sited in an area which will benefit from the additional coverage.

The town’s four existing CCTV cameras will also be upgraded, from analogue to digital, as part of a long-term planned-for maintenance programme.


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