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It may fall just after Valentine’s Day but love will still be in the air at Towneley Hall when a wedding fair is held at the historic hall.

From bridal dresses to bouquets, all things “wedding” will be on display on Sunday 18th February from noon to 3pm.

There will be a special gown show in the romantic surroundings of the eye-catching art gallery at 1.30pm.

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.

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.

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.

The refurbished gym at Padiham Leisure Centre has been officially opened.

The new-look gym was has been refurbished with financial support from Burnley Council which has been spent on new state-of-the-art equipment.

Councillor Pate, executive member for community services, said: “Burnley Council and Burnley Leisure have invested in creating a great community asset for Padiham and the wider area and I’m sure everyone who uses the gym will enjoy using the new facilities.”

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.

Two Burnley councillors will be pounding the treadmill to help raise money to help Army veterans during the official opening of the refurbished Padiham Leisure Centre gym.

The new-look gym will be officially unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday (16th Jan).The gym has been refurbished with financial support from Burnley Council which has been spent on new state of the art equipment.

It’s a new year, so why not make your New Year’s resolution to help save someone’s life?

Sounds ambitious, but it’s not as daunting as it first appears.

Residents can benefit from free first aid training sessions being offered by Burnley Council.

The council has, once again, teamed up with North West Ambulance Service First Respondersto organise a series of Heartstart courses, giving members of the public the skills and know-how to help save someone’s life in an emergency.

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.

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