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Burnley Council has awarded a three-year contract to Kingdom Environmental Enforcement Services to support the council in its campaign to help keep the borough’s streets and public areas clean and tidy.

It follows a successful 12-month pilot project with the private contractor which saw street patrols help tackle littering and dog fouling, the two main concerns raised by residents when asked about the issues that affect them.

The Environment Agency is holding a public drop-in event in the ballroom at Padiham Town Hall between 2pm and 8pm on Tuesday 26th June to outline further on its plans, as well as other work, to better manage flood risk in the town. 

All are welcome to attend, including local residents, business owners, or any other interested local parties. 

You do not need to make an appointment - just simply drop in whenever is convenient for you.

Councillors have agreed to fire the starting gun on plans to transfer an athletics track in Burnley to a local leisure trust.

Burnley Council’s executive approved the move to lease the track in Barden Lane to Burnley Leisure to enable the development of the facility when it met on Tuesday (5th June).

Barden athletics track is currently operated by the council in conjunction with local voluntary sports and social clubs.

A report to the executive said the use of the site for athletics and other events would not be affected.

Councillors are being asked to approve the next stages in a process to develop a Business Improvement District (BID) to support the drive for economic growth in Burnley town centre.

BIDs are business-led partnerships which are created to deliver additional projects and services to benefit businesses in an area for a limited period, usually five years.  A small levy is charged to all businesses in that area to fund the initiatives, typically between one to two per cent a business’s rateable value.  A BID can only be set up following a successful ballot of businesses in that area.

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

More empty houses in Burnley are set to be brought back into use again through Burnley Council’s Empty Homes programme.

The council’s executive is recommended to agree the compulsory purchase of 10 properties in the borough which have been long-term empty, in one case for 12 years.

If agreed, the houses will be acquired for re-sale and, once renovated, reoccupied with the proceeds being recycled back into buying and refurbishing further properties.

Landlords and managing agents have been praised for their professional approach to looking after their properties and tenants.

Representatives from two local businesses were presented with certificates to mark their successful applications to Burnley Council’s good landlord and agent scheme (GLAS).

Through property inspections and an audit of their management procedures, Petty estate agents and Jon Simon estate agents have shown that they have a professional approach and the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully manage private rented properties.

The Financial Times (FT) has featured a story identifying Burnley as one of the UK's top towns for the growth of its digital technology sector.

The piece in this week’s FT focuses on the Tech Nation 2018 report which identifies the UK's leading 16 'tech towns' that have a higher than average number of digital businesses with a technology sector growing faster than the economy as a whole - and we are delighted Burnley has been listed amongst the top digital technology areas in the country.

A life-long Burnley FC fan who became a councillor after his car windscreen was vandalised has been made Mayor of Burnley 2018/19.

Councillor Charlie Briggs was installed as the new Mayor during a ceremony at Burnley Town Hall watched by colleagues, friends and family. His partner Patricia Lunt is the new Mayoress and his eldest son Peter will serve as Consort.

Coun. Briggs took over the role from Howard Baker.

Runners of all ages and abilities are being encouraged to sign up for this year’s Burnley 10k.

The countdown is on for the big event which will be held on Sunday 15th July, beginning and ending in the historic splendour of Towneley Hall and park.

The event is open to anyone of any ability, from occasional joggers to seasoned racers, and everyone in between. You can even take part if you’ve never run any distance before.

The run has become more and more popular over the years and thousands of runners are expected to take part.

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